Maya Steaks & Seafood, open for less than two years in Sandy Springs, took the place of Seabass Kitchen. The restaurant is completely revamped with the bright blue tile replaced by reclaimed wood. The dark and cozy atmosphere lends itself to intimate date nights or catching up with a few close friends over a bottle of wine. And, of course, amazing cuisine.
You really can’t talk about Maya without mentioning the chef and owner behind the concept, Mimmo Alboumeh. He’s owner of Red Pepper Taqueria restaurants with two locations around the city, known for their locally sourced organic ingredients. However, he wanted to open a restaurant that reflected his time spent in both Spain and Italy. Maya, named after his youngest daughter, brings his passion for his restaurants. His gregarious personality will make you fall in love with him. I dare you not to.
There are two standouts on the starters: The Crispy Lobster Tail and Beef Carpaccio. A very light batter covers the perfectly succulent lobster. And the Aji remoulade with a slight spice and tanginess is the perfect dipper. Even if you’re planning on getting a steak, I’d urge you to try the Beef Carpaccio, sliced fresh daily.
If you love wine, that’s reason enough to visit Maya, with over 40 wines by the glass, all chosen by Mimmo himself. A Tempranillo, suggested by our server, was light bodied and went well with seafood appetizers. But a spicy Zinfandel was the perfect match for my ribeye. Steaks are the star of the menu with choices of Filet, Ribeye and NY Strip supplied from Braveheart Black Angus Beef Purveyors. My ribeye was juicy and oh so flavorful. Although there are over 10 “steak addictions” (toppings), I chose the simple, M’ sauce, not too overpowering with a slight kick. Seafood fans should not miss the Chilean Seabass bathed in a lobster broth.
Although I loved my comfy booth with a view of the entire restaurant, Mimmo’s favorite spot is the high top in the front of the restaurant that overlooks the kitchen. He calls it the Gangster booth. Maya Steaks is a lovely addition to the Sandy Springs neighborhood. Pop in soon and find out for yourself. Just don’t take the Gangster booth, I’m planning on being perched there. 6152 Roswell Rd NE, MayaSteaks.com