2027 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
The lengthy options continue on the entrée list, as, unfortunately, does the kitchen's habit of slathering on its sweet, thick sauce, which overwhelms too many of the choices. Still, over the course of two pages you have a tour of different Latin American styles, from the very good, Mexican-style chiles rellenos, which are fat, green peppers lavishly stuffed with cheese and fried, to the tender and substantial Cuban-style ropa vieja and the slow-roasted pork. The steaks are nothing special, and just too expensive, while the seafood is generally a good option, especially the combination plate of Chilean sea bass, a chunk of soft shell crab and a skewer of grilled shrimp, though this is also one of the more expensive dishes. The long menu has some interesting dishes I haven't seen elsewhere, and this makes some of the most interesting eating. For instance, there's the moqueca, a traditional Brazilian seafood stew with a body like a mild, creamy curry, served either over rice or with bread for dipping.
The sweets follow the usual Latin American script, with flan, seared bananas and such. The very moist, dense tres leches cake is the best bet.
Mojitos are the big-deal drink here, and they're good, though pricey. The wine list is decent, and heavily weighted toward South American bottles, as you'd expect. There are frequently drink specials, which make the place a better deal.
Dishes are all over the map, and so are prices. Some entrees are under $20, but others are over $30.
The mix-and-match pan-Latin style of Mayas concept is interesting, and meals here can be very satisfying, though the inconsistency of the kitchen makes me wish the place focused its energies a little more. Order the more expensive entrees and the final price of a meal here hardly seems worth it, though stay in more moderate territory and the place can seem like a good, offbeat mid-range restaurant. Mayas is recommended if you're in the area and it's convenient, though this isn't necessarily a restaurant you need to cross town to try.