Saturday, 10 March 2018

Maya, Roath, Cardiff BYOB Indian restaurant review

Snowmageddon 2018 - I’d finally gone stir crazy from three days indoors and was in need of a change of diet from eight meals straight of bread and milk.

Ok, not quite.

Mrs G and I wanted to get out the house and a Twitter recommendation of Maya, Albany Road’s newest curry house, sealed the deal.

Maya is BYOB with no corkage; a huge plus for any restaurant in my book as you can drink something interesting and save a good whack off the bill.

We enjoyed a bottle of fruity Von Goler Riesling, a good match for a spicy curry. However, I was jealous of the adjacent table who had brought a mini keg of beer. Skills.

Maya’s decor, with its coloured light fittings and diamante studded seats, isn’t quite to my taste but the restaurant is warm, clean and comfy. The menu is chock full of curry house classics with a scattering of more interesting dishes in the specials section.

Poppadoms (70p each) were warm, crisp and grease free. Accompanying chutneys were run of the mill, the highlight being a pokey mixed pickle.

I kicked off with haryali kebab (£5.95). Four huge pieces of juicy chicken were coated in a fresh and vibrantly coloured spinach paste. The meat had a nice lick of smoke from the tandoor and was served with soft and sweet onions and fiery chilli and fragrant mango chutneys.

A quartet of golden onion bhajis (£3.50) were crisp on the outside with a properly cooked interior.

A lovely chicken shashlik karai (£10.95) saw tender pieces of chicken tikka and flame licked onions and peppers in a well-spiced gravy.

Murghi massala (£9.95), my go to curry house dish because it’s a meat feast, was excellent. A heap of shredded tandoori chicken, coarse keema and caramelised onion were coated in another nicely spiced sauce.

Pilau rice (£2.90) was made more interesting thanks to the crunch of crispy onions.

A pillowy peshwari naan (£2.70) was made even more indulgent thanks to a drizzle of honey and a scattering of sesame.

We had a very good meal at Maya and their BYOB policy makes it stand out from other curry houses in Roath. If you’re looking for a tasty curry then I recommend it.

The Details:

Address - Maya, 68 Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3RS
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Telephone - 02920 470 004

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