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Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen
Nominated for Best Latin American
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This upscale and modern interpretation of a Mexican restaurant has a wonderful setting and a varied menu. At Maya you can explore the cuisine beyond a variety of wraps and sample the nuances of Mexican cuisine. Try dishes such the seafood mariscada of shrimp, calamari, scallop and octopus in a gentle coconut sauce; grilled lamb chops in an achiote sauce or grilled Chilean sea bass in roasted poblano sauce. Whether seated outside amid the attractive lawn, or within the modern interior, the atmosphere is lively yet intimate, with friendly and informative service from the staff. There are several varieties of guacamole on offer, which certainly invites repeat visits. Another reason to return if for the sugary churros dessert, served with a trio of sauces including chocolate and an intriguing Mexican sweet milk.
Open Sat-Wed 7pm-1am; Thu-Fri 7pm-2am (Closed throughout August). Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5555)

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