I’m bummed I went three times and they were closed each time. Now closed for good.
I would humbly submit that for lovers of Mexican food who can afford the cost of all imported (i.e. authentic) and mostly organic (i.e. SAFE) ingredients, our little Mayan on Xinyi ain’t half bad. If you know and love Mex, I suggest the shredded steak burrito or enchiladas, verdes or rojas. The Nachos, Flautas and Fajitas are also BIG hits, though those are Tex-Mex rather than native. We also do great brunches, pastas and risottos as I’m a California native so my cooking background is varied, but I’m a stickler for not skimping. I only use great ingredients. No canned sauces or salsas, no thai rice risottos, no mushy noodles with a skimpy teaspoon of pesto.
Sorry, back to the Mexican cuisine we’re most famous for… We’re happy to make it the way you want it, so feel free to tell the staff you want extra salsa, cilantro, salt, sour cream / crema etc as we’ve all had different experiences with, and thus expectations of, Mexican food, and Taiwanese don’t like dairy, tangy lemons or sea salt like the Mexicans do so we have to err on the side of safety unless asked otherwise. We generally make it your way without nickel and diming you for it. Extra guac is the exception as we only use California avocado$$$ (seasonal).
If you can handle spicy order anything with our Volcano Shrimp or shredded steak enchiladas rojas - and tell them you want it spicy. Or just put my homemade Diablo sauce on top. Don’t be shy, pour it on. The medicine dropper is for the faint of heart (you’ll get that when you get there).
Ask for Erik and if I’m there I’ll do my best to ensure the service is exceptional. While everyone has their ups and downs, I can pretty much guarantee the food quality on any given day whether I’m there or not, but service in this town is a serious and ongoing challenge. My only consolation is how sorely disappointed I am with the service at establishments far $$$ finer than my own. But again, the food’s solid, safe, and healthy, but we’re no hole in the wall cheap Mex so come on a date or when you want a nice craft beer or killer Margarita made from fresh limes (we’ve got pitchers of 'em!).
Our prices are around 240-320 for most mains, but fajitas, steaks, pork loin, shrimp tacos etc run considerably higher. But we’re really not competing on price, we take pride in our safe, quality ingredients and the great meals they make up, and the lovely atmosphere in which our food is served. If that sounds like your cup of tea, come check us out, and leave a comment card for the boss if I’m not there! Thanks!
Erik, Executive Chef & GM at the Mayan
393 Xinyi Rd Sec 4 (02) 8789-6292