It takes a serious drawcard to persuade most Perthites to venture south to Fremantle. A great cup of coffee, the promise of people-watching on a sunny day at Fishing Boat Harbour or a fresh beer with mates at Little Creatures. All manage to twist an arm or two.
But it’s the siren call of one particular restaurant we think draws the majority: Maya Indian Restaurant.
In business for the last 15 years, Maya continues to pack tables, receive shining reviews and earn dozens of industry accolades, including Best Indian WA in 2011 by The West Australian Good Food Guide.
So how does Maya do it? Perhaps their consistently good service, ambiance and of course their modern Indian cuisine, the kind that satisfies a craving for classic Indian flavours but is still light, sophisticated and surprisingly innovative.
One of head chef Kamal Sharma’s standout dishes is Chicken Mumtaz (aka butter chicken) with tandoor-roasted chicken pieces in a sauce of tomatoes, fenugreek, cream and butter, taking over two days to prepare. Another is the Fish Qmin with barramundi cooked with coconut, tomatoes, chillies, cumin and fenugreek seeds – a dish that strikes an amazing balance of spicy and creamy and tastes delicious with some garlic naan.
First timers ought to start with mixed entrée platter of spiced tiger prawns, lamb seekh kebab, chicken tikka and eggplant pakoras with that coriander yoghurt sauce. It’s the perfect introduction to what an evening at Maya has in store.
Finish with one of Maya’s lauded and curiously described desserts such as the Chocolate Phrini. The menu quips: ‘…please do not disturb others, chocolate fantasy in progress. I am a fusion of rice flour and chocolate pudding.’ Or be sensible and order the tasting plate with ‘…so many sweets and so little time, I am for those who can’t make up their mind.’
We’re sure the only thing left to make up your mind about is when to visit Maya next.
(Also published in Agenda)