Maya Doha

A celebrity chef-owned modern Mexican spot

Maya Doha is a modern Mexican restaurant and lounge by celebrity chef Richard Sandoval located on the ground floor of the Kempinski Residences & Suites. The staff escort us through what looks like a mirror but is actually a revolving door, almost out of a spy movie.

Once the feeling of being a discreet but very important international agent passes, we’re amused at the Mexican vibes that are wonderfully apparent from the moment you step in. We love the details from the tiny maracas at the reception counter to the Insta-worthy themed walls.

This revamped spot now has a few rustic wooden cabanas and the ambience has improved from its previous guise as Aroma. We notice an artsy bar at the end that looks interesting as well.

We see a good selection of beverages but the server recommends trying the carefully crafted drinks here. We go for two signature mixed beverages and get to choose if we want either the fruity or the sparkling variant. If you want to keep it simple, there are a few hops and grapes, too. A complimentary bowl of nachos with dips comes to the table. There are plenty of other Mexican dishes available such as the ceviche, nachos, quesadillas and fajitas.

There’s a special selection of tacos and you can choose from vegetarian, fish, tenderloin, braised lamb and a tempura soft shell crab that’s really tempting.

If you’re in the mood for some Mexican classics, you can’t go wrong with the guacamole here. The tortilla tacos are made fresh along with aguachile.

The happy hours here are some of the longest in town – starting 6pm until 10pm from Sunday to Wednesday. On Thursdays, it goes on until midnight and it’s one of the very few places in Doha with ladies’ night on a Thursday. Ladies get two complimentary sips from 10pm onwards.

There are so many things to love about Maya from the fresh ingredients and bold flavours to the signature drinks and vibrant ambience. A live band is missing on this Thursday evening, but you can catch the trio band at the Friday Mas Mas brunch.

The service is impeccable, all the staff are really well informed and make top recommendations. The music goes through a range of genres but it’s house for the most part and thankfully, the volume is ideal for conversations. Maya’s laid-back vibe is perfect for after work relaxation and socialising or even date night.

WHAT IS IT...
A celebrity chef-owned modern Mexican spot

WHY GO...
To rediscover Mexican classics and for the signature drinks

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