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Maya
    • ADDRESS:
      Grand Plaza Club House,
      2/F, 568 Julu Lu,
      near Shaanxi Nan Lu
      巨鹿路568弄 四方新城俱乐部2楼, 近陕西南路

    • PHONE:
      6289 6889
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Xuhui
    • METRO:
      15 mins walk from South Shaanxi Rd
    • HOURS:
      Dinner, Mon-Sat, 5-10.30pm
      Sunday, 5-9.30pm

      Brunch, Sat-Sun,
      11am-4pm
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$$$ $
    • WEB:
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Maya is a popular, upscale Mexican restaurant whose slightly odd location on the second-floor of an apartment clubhouse is a reminder that good food trumps weird locations. The cooking is contemporary Mexican, with a few concessions like tacos and quesadillas, but if it's Tex-Mex you're looking for, you might want to keep looking. Great tequila selection.
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    • Generally, I have always found Mexican food to be the same the world over, an offering of Nacho’s smothered in something or other, the usual fare of Tacos, Empanadas and Quesadilla filled with this or that, and a splodge of Chimichurri here or with the ubiquitous guacamole or other forms of mole on the side, and in all honesty never been a convert to Mexican food, as it never seems to have the finesse of other cuisines. 

      Shanghai has its fair share of Mexican style restaurants, even a Taco Bell, however, one that stands out somewhat over the other Mexican establishments in Shanghai is Maya, which is tucked away in an odd location off Julu Lu, in a clubhouse of all places. I recall going just after it first opened, have been several times since, the restaurant has gone through a number of chefs and managers over the years, and heard that the place had a new team manager the restaurant and thought I should give Maya one last try at redeeming itself, in an attempt at converting me to a mole or two.

      So, for a Friday night out with the lads, we dined on the following dishes:

      Fresh Seabass Caribbean Ceviche, that included a coconut passionfruit salsa, with a smattering of cashew nuts - must say a delightful dish that was paired with a Spanish Albarino wine.

      Slow Roasted Pork Belly which came with a fruity house made Mole Poblano, sweet potato and corn, along with a truffle infused succotash – this dish had a considerable amount of fat on and had to leave most of the dish, paired with a Ribera del Duero.

      Australian Beef Short Rib, that had been slow cooked for 48 hours, mopped up with a creamy mash and chimichurri, with black pepper & pasilla rich demi-glace type sauce paired with a Spanish Priorat Vinyes Velles.

      And finished off with a Passion Fruit Crème brûlée, which was more like a flan in consistency than a traditional Crème brûlée I felt, nevertheless tasty enough, accompanied by a wonderful dessert wine simply called No.2 Victoria, again from Spain.

      The service was a little slow at times, the venue is noisy with the background music, the toilets are a little rank in odour, and this is in the winter, they obviously have an issue with drainage or their noses perhaps.

      Overall not a bad night out with a group of lads, damages overall 950RMB per person, I would not rush back to go down Mexico way again, mole or no mole, and we all know mole comes from.

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    ARCHIVED EVENTS

    • Maya 10 Year Anniversary Fiesta

      Mexican restaurant Maya celebrates 10 years of tacos, tortas, avocados and margaritas with a huge Feria-style bash. Food and drinks are by ticket; the 150rmb entry gets you six tickets. Fiesta!
      • Dining | Maya | on Thu Nov 15 2018
      • 2018-11-15 Finished
    • World Cup Viewing Bookings

      Book your private World Cup viewing at the Hustler's Lounge at Maya and avoid the hooligans. Get in touch with them to inquire about packs for your private Russia 2018 World Cup party.
      • Nightlife, Sports & Recreation | Maya | Daily until Jul 17 2018
      • 2018-06-14 Finished
    • Women and Work in China

      The Foreign Correspondent's Club, presents 'Women And Work in China' a discussion in the wake of the #MeToo movement around the world, around women in the work place here in China. How hiring, firing, and promoting might work...
      • Community | Maya | on Sun Jun 17 2018
      • 2018-06-17 Finished
    • Behind the Scenes of 11/11 and Chinese Ecommerce

      The International Professional Women's Society (IPWS) is hosting an event at Maya focused on pulling back the curtain on China’s biggest shopping day. You'll hear from a panel of three experts including: Regina Zhang co-founder of...
      • Community | Maya | on Tue Nov 7 2017
      • 2017-11-07 Finished
    • Tequila Tasting

      Maya and Mayita do a guided tequila tasting on Fridays and Saturdays. They offer 6 glasses for 250rmb and 9 glasses for 350rmb. Starts at 6pm. Call 138 1894 2747 to RSVP.
      • Dining, Nightlife | Maya | Every Fri, Sat
      • 2016-11-18 Finished
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