Friday, February 5, 2010
Mayas: Alimento de dioses
When the restaurant I had chosen for last night was mysteriously closed, John and I decided to try Mayas Restaurant on Magazine Street, a newish eatery that touts “Latin fusion cuisine.” I immediately wished my sister was readily available to offer advice on what to order! This is my 23rd cheat, and I am down 49 pounds. Only one more pound to go until I have lost the weight I gained last week, and then I will be back on track.
Perhaps it is just our luck, but I’ve been noticing that almost every time John and I dine out on Thursday nights, the restaurants we visit are practically barren of life. I’m forced to ask myself some very serious questions. Have I missed something essential in the local dining scene? Do people not eat out on Thursdays? Are people avoiding me on purpose? Do I smell funny? If anyone can clue me in on this phenomenon, I would be eternally grateful.
After browsing the menu and hearing the specials from our server, the choices were almost dizzying, but we finally narrowed them down. We quickly placed our order before we could change our minds again. We started with one of the suggested specials that our waiter dubbed a “Crab, Mango, and Avocado Stack.”
Larger than expected, this miraculous concoction not only defied gravity, but was incredibly fresh, sweet and spicy all at the same time. The “stack” alternated large pieces of shrimp, chilled lump crab meat, sliced avocado and a house-made salsa featuring mangoes, red onions, more avocado and tomatoes diced into minuscule cubes. A house-made sauce of chilies and mango provided the sweet heat that tied the entire dish together. We had also ordered the Jamaican Tostones that turned out to be excellent edible shovels for the seafood on the other plate.
Helpless to resist, I had to choose the Chilean Sea Bass (a.k.a. Patagonian Toothfish). I know I’ve said I try to eat this fish sparingly, but when I see it on a menu, served with avocado, chilled lump crab meat, grilled shrimp and asparagus, I just can’t help myself! The spicy coconut cream sauce was delectable with the sea bass, and I just can’t bring myself to regret ordering it.
By the time we strolled out of the restaurant, the rain had pretty much stopped, and the evening air was cool and refreshing. It seemed that last night, the fates looked kindly upon us when forcing us from our original decision to a restaurant we had barely considered. I keep thinking about Mina and how much she would have loved dining there, too. Do you think I could convince her to visit me from California if I offered to treat her to dinner at Mayas?
Written by Kim Ranjbar