It’s clear from the number of healthy vegetarian or vegan restaurants that keep appearing all over town, that people are taking more and more care of what exactly they put into their bodies. Obviously I’m no preacher, as I love me a good full-fat, meaty feast, but, particularly after the excesses of Christmas and New Year, and before the excesses of Chinese New Year, I understand the need to inject a little goodness into my diet. I recently found that Maya Café, a cute little spot on Moon Street, is just the place to get exactly this.
This very simple café serves Mediterranean-style vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food. There is nothing notable about the décor, other than the counter full of delicious desserts and colourful fruit, as well as the outdoor seating, but it immediately gives off a cosy, homely feel.
The kitchen also reflects this same theme, serving simple, hearty dishes with a conscience. We tried the set lunch menu, which includes three courses for $128.
Despite the chilly day, we both chose the Rainbow Salad instead of the daily soup or dhal. True to its name, this was a very colourful bowl of green beans, chickpeas, string beans, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, kidney beans and sweet corn, chopped into tiny pieces and tossed in a mild olive oil dressing. It was so simple and yet seriously tasty, with the different textures forming an exciting medley in the mouth.
For main course, the baked ratatouille with goat’s cheese was wonderfully warming and wholesome, served with some surprisingly good gluten free bread. I particularly liked how the crumbled goat’s cheese melted into the vegetables, creating the ultimate bowl of comfort food.
The brown rice pudding had a nice texture to it, but unfortunately not a great deal of flavour. Perhaps a generous sprinkle of cinnamon would have completed it.
The chocolate mousse on the other hand, made with coconut milk, cocoa powder and raw coconut sugar was lovely. Obviously you could taste a strong hint of coconut, but this worked well with the chocolate to create a mousse that was guilt-free and not too rich.
Service at Maya Café is friendly and humble, to the point where no one seems to care if orders for the table behind you are taken across your table. It is a quaint little café with wholesome, tasty and, most importantly, healthy food that definitely deserves a visit.
5 Moon Street
Tel: +852 2529 3319