Maya
Maya
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Maya

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A word from Maya
The benchmark for Eastern dining in St Albans, Maya is one of the favourite restaurants of this historic town’s most discerning diners. Located within the Old Post Office on Beaconsfield Road, Maya is conveniently located in the centre of town and has a fittingly contemporary décor with a spicy, rich colour scheme, attractive Asian artefacts and comfortable, modern furnishings, all providing an upmarket, stylish and yet unpretentious look and feel. The philosophy of Maya is to bring together the best of the continent, old and new, in food, wine, service and design, offering uncomplicated food, delicious flavours and genuine, professional hospitality. Whatever your preferred Asian cuisine you’ll find a dish to delight at Maya, the expansive, tempting menu providing Indian and South East Asian dishes alike, favourite classics, creative signature fusion recipes and plenty of options for vegetarians.
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Maya reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Maya isn't Maya anu moew -
    erysery
    Dined on 1/12/2012
    Maya isn't Maya anu moew - it's now The Bengal Club. And it doesn't serve Indian Fusion cusine, just standard curry house fare. You need to amend your list of names!
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  • Worth a vist if you are local.
    Goldenboy
    Dined on 27/10/2012
    I took my girlfriend there for a romantic meal and on balance it was pretty good. The waiting staff were efficient and friendly. Food was good value, tasty and on par with restaurants that are more expensive. . The wine was a bit disappointing for someone who likes good vino. We sent the first bottle back but, to be far, they didn't make a fuss about it. The second bottle was much better but I felt pricey for what it was. The only other criticism would be about the lighting. It was far too bright. The decor was very good and well designed. I would give it 7/10. P.S Maybe I didn't read the small print properly, but I was understood the offer to be 25% off all food but was told that's only if you have 3 courses.
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  • The Bengal Club
    amatuerchef1
    Dined on 25/10/2012
    This restaurant is now called "The Bengal Club". It has only just recently re-opened under its new name. The service and hospitality were great. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal there. KB
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THe missing restaurant!
    BradtheGluttonVIP
    Dined on 23/10/2012
    They've changed hands, moving from a truly eclectic pan-Asian affair, merging Goan, Thai, Vietnamese and Indian cuisine into truly delicious and unusual offerings to a traditional Indian of which they are now 1 of 30 in the local area. Didn't bother going in.
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  • Restaurant was not open!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    Toptable confirmed the booking, but the restaurant was closed! No one was answering the supplied phone number for the restaurant either. Ruined our night out.
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  • Not up to expectations
    dudediner
    Dined on 29/9/2012
    I ate at Maya in St Albans on a busy Saturday eve with my husband. Although our main courses of sea bass in mango curry sauce and fish madras were acceptable, the scallop starter was overcooked and almost inedible - when mentioned, no refund or even any apology was made. The pistachio kulfi was average. The only saving grace to a very disappointing and over-priced meal, was an unusual white riocca. Although the three waiters/waitresses did their very best, the restaurant was badly under-staffed and as a result service was poor. Diners on the adjacent table reported to have been served undercooked chicken and decided to leave before being served their main-courses. I would not recomend Maya and we will certainly not be eating there again.
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  • Great Value, Nice food.
    Danny
    Dined on 15/9/2012
    the food was great, and the value is outstanding.... BUT.... the service needs some work. We need to request the waitress every time for more drinks, and to order food.. We did love the food, and the value is great. A little work on customer service and this would be a 5* for me!
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  • rather disappointing..
    cmln
    Dined on 13/9/2012
    Maya has friendly, helpful staff and the decor is nice, although with only a few tables busy it lacked a little in atmosphere. The menu is more limited than last time we visited (6-9 months ago) and featured mainly Indian dishes - a bit disappointing as we had decided against an Indian restaurant that evening! My partner had Thai red curry which was mostly good, although a bit oily. My chicken Karahi wasn't inedible but I ate it rather more out of hunger than enjoyment. The chicken was dry and the sauce was far too oily. With many other restaurants close by I won't be in a hurry to go back here.
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  • The Top Table offer was 25%
    Allunen
    Dined on 9/9/2012
    The Top Table offer was 25% off the food bill, it did not mention that one should buy a starter as well. That is what the restaurant insisted, thus the offer was not that good. If the 25% Top Table offers should be buying only maincourse - please mention that in the offer. We wanted to sit in a different table to that one shown to us (far side corner), but the manageress did not allow us though we were the only ones in the restaurant. By the time we left there was only another 2 people there i.e. customer friendliness not a strong point though food was good.
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  • The restaurant was closed
    guidoVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2012
    The restaurant was closed for lunch even though I was able to book it on Toptable.
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  • Without being amazing the
    np80
    Dined on 7/9/2012
    Without being amazing the restaurant provides a reasonably priced meal with a good amount of variety on offer
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Maya doesnt look much
    NC9999
    Dined on 31/8/2012
    The Maya doesnt look much from the outside but was a pleasant surprise inside, seemingly recently done out and with a good mixture of new decor and a nod to tradition with some replica red flock wallpaper! The starters were by far the best part of the meal. The mains sounded good but the portions were disappointing and in the case of the fish stew, rather on the cold side. That said, the overall experience was ok and the menu is varied enough to appeal to most
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It did not disappoint...
    Foodie
    Dined on 18/8/2012
    It was our 3rd visit and both Indian & Thai food were fantastic. Better & honest food,value for money and ambiance than a restaurant which is less than 25 metres away!
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value
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  • Excellent all round!
    meerkat
    Dined on 18/8/2012
    We dined here (couple) on a Saturday evening in August, having travelled up from London Food was exceptional - very fresh and tasty. We had Satay Chicken for starters then Pad Thai and Tom Yum Mushroom Soup for mains. We were also delighted with the friendly and helpful service. Thanks Maya for a very enjoyable evening!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • appetizers were quite good
    foodieshoobiedoobie
    Dined on 8/8/2012
    appetizers were quite good but mains (mostly ordered traditional indian curries like tikka masala and korma) were a letdown. service was pretty slow and inattentive.
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  • The meal was excellent and
    Sally
    Dined on 5/8/2012
    The meal was excellent and the service was very good. I have a meal in Maya regularly and the food is of a consistently high standard
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tasty food & well presented
    Loupeyloo
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    We were very well looked after. The food was very tasty and had good flavours. We had a discount which made the meal very good value but even without the discount the food would have been worth the price. Clean and presentable surroundings - and even though we were last to leave we felt welcome enough that we could have stayed longer.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, friendly and different.
    GeorgeHarveyBone
    Dined on 31/7/2012
    Maya is slightly hidden away on Beaconsfield Road, which is a shame as it offers something genuinely different to numerous other local establishments, fusing an adventurous Indian and South East Asian menu into one. Starters were delicious but notably small - one and a half crab spring rolls does not a starter make! Indian inspired beef and lamb mains were excellent, with a very nice heat running through them, as indicated on the menu. Sides were inventive and well presented, while beer and wine were very fairly priced. Service was friendly although a little short of focus - drinks took a while to arrive while the naan bread came as were finishing the meal. A few things maybe to iron out but all in all very agreeable and great value.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good value
    Frankie
    Dined on 21/7/2012
    I enjoyed a lovely evening with my friends last Friday. I was given the deal of 25% of food, which was excellent value and we all really enjoyed our food - first class! Nice ambience and staff very friendly and efficient. Definitely worth a try!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maya St Albans
    ELWH
    Dined on 20/7/2012
    Booked with the 25% off food offer which made it excellent value for money - less good value without this offer. Lamb chop starter is excellent, and there are some interesting dishes on the menu. Service was good.
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  • Worth waiting for
    penders
    Dined on 19/7/2012
    Our group of 6 enjoyed the food but were disappointed by poor service, especially with the delivery of our first drinks and temperature of the lager. The restaurant was very quiet and deserves busier as the food is lovely, I especially like the menu mixture of Indian and Thai.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Diner1
    Dined on 18/7/2012
    We found and booked Maya on TopTable. We parked at St.Albans station (1min walk to Maya). The food (halal) tasted great and was presented well on the plate. Price was reasonable since we were treating ourselves.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maya in St Albans is an interesting
    Mogwai
    Dined on 17/7/2012
    Maya in St Albans is an interesting restaurant with a diverse menu and lively flavours. Some of the food is quite spicy so if you are not a spice fan it's probably not for you. Their fish dishes such as soft shell crab and mango sea bass curry are fab and some of the vegetarian dishes are also very flavoursome with a hint of originality. The wine list does need improving however, as the options under £20 are not brilliant. Worthwhile though and good value on the food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good food and value
    RollingSlyStone
    Dined on 14/7/2012
    Good value with 25% off food. Food was overall good standard. The scallops starter was lovely. Restaurant was almost empty on a Saturday night which is slightly worrying!
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  • maya
    leslieVIP
    Dined on 16/6/2012
    i returned for a second meal herre menu varied enough to enjoy different range of tasty dishes each time at maya
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maya St. Albans
    CJBS
    Dined on 16/5/2012
    New name but really seems to be the same as before, food choice good, quality good (just starter could have done with a little more cooking), quite quiet so not much atmosphere
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really lovely and varied menu.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/5/2012
    Really lovely and varied menu. Bit expensive in the end but lovely treat !
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  • Great food! Good twist on
    Danny
    Dined on 28/4/2012
    Great food! Good twist on Indian, with some old favarotes and some new. Maya is worth a visit, you won't be disappointed. D
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  • We went to Maya after a long
    Jenks
    Dined on 27/4/2012
    We went to Maya after a long gap. We fancied the idea of Indian and Thai food - two of our favourites. The restaurant wasn't very full for 9pm on a Friday night. Service was OK, but they brought the bill without our 25% discount through Toptable. The food was excellent - everything delicious. We were disappointed when the starters arrived as they were quite small, but at the end of the meal we'd had enough and weren't as stuffed as we would normally be after an Indian. Would recommend.
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  • Fantastic tastes, fresh ingrediants
    bdog
    Dined on 27/4/2012
    Fantastic tastes, fresh ingrediants and a nice atmosphere. Seems to be at the lighter end of indian and the heavier end of Thai. I had the satay chicken to start. Portion was on the small side, but very nice, obviously frshly prepared satay sauce. Mixed starter highly recomended. I had a lamb dish for mains. The meat as of good quality and the acompany of tomatoes, peppers and onions was light and fresh. A really good dish. Others had the thai currys which where very tasty.25% off!Great!
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  • We had a great meal at Maya
    VBVB
    Dined on 21/4/2012
    We had a great meal at Maya in St Albans. Lots of choice on menu and we all enjoyed our food. Food was all freshly cooked and great quality. Service was good too, would visit again
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  • Maya, St Albans offers a mix
    RandAL
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Maya, St Albans offers a mix of cuisine Thai / Indian in nice enough surroundings. Service was adequate but lacked the odd smile. We went there with friends. Food was good on the whole. One friend went for a Thai Green Curry dish & said it was good but another said the Indian dish was tasty but not spicy enough & felt the fish soup was bland. I enjoyed the Chicken Dhansak. Price is not what I’d describe as the most value in the area but we may return, and give it another go.
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  • Really like this place, food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    Really like this place, food Very good again, nice surroundings, interesting menu, this Restaurant deserves to do better.
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  • Maya
    MissR
    Dined on 3/4/2012
    An excellent choice of food: lots of food from different places. Top quality, no grease. Service very attentive.
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  • Finally a local restaurant
    ThaiFoodie05
    Dined on 31/3/2012
    Finally a local restaurant Maya, St Albans that's thai & serves halal! It was very busy we had made a booking but I think it was given to someone else so we had to wait a few minutes. We were sat in the back next to a pillar I think we were forgotten about. We had to keep on getting the waiters attention to order. The mains were good but the rice was undercooked and I found a hair. We didn't stay for desert.
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  • Very friendly service, helpful
    toptabler
    Dined on 28/3/2012
    Very friendly service, helpful staff (who pointed out we had a special offer available we hadn't noticed). Main courses were reasonable at the price, but did not stand out from the crown of options in St Albans. Interesting mix of cuisine Thai, Indian. Pleasant, calm environment.
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  • As always an excellent standard
    nameVIP
    Dined on 17/3/2012
    As always an excellent standard of modern indian/thai fusion food at a reasonable price, with attentive service and pleasant surroundings. The only problem for me remains the lack of atmosphere - at 7.30 on a saturday night there really shouldnt be more staff than diners.
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  • We had an excellent meal.
    Kath61
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    We had an excellent meal. The service was superb from start to finish. Food was out of this world and very authentic. Extensive choice. Only complaint is the decor is bland
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  • The atmosphere was pleasant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    The atmosphere was pleasant, the staff welcoming and helpful and the food was excellent. I was particularly grateful for the way they made my two young daughters feel at once grown up and at ease. The issue with the toilet, mentioned in an earlier review, may have caused an over-reaction. The smell of disinfectant was occasionally noticeable... but this didn't detract in any way from an enjoyable meal.
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  • I ate here when it was the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    I ate here when it was the Pan Asian dining room. I was pleased to see they hadn't changed the menu, but there were a few things that weren't quite as befor. The service was a bit false - they make a show of taking your coat, but ignored our requests to not have the heater blasting out above our heads. The Pad Thai was supposed to contain tofu - but there wasn't any and the red thai curry was very salty. However the spinach dumplings are divine and worth going back for.
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