Add:2/F, Shanghai Grand Plaza, 568 Julu Rd
Ambience: One of the few upscale Mexican restaurants in Shanghai, Maya is located on the second floor of the Shanghai Grand Plaza, tucked away in a residential compound on hip Julu Road. Diners walk up a spiral staircase to get to the restaurant which exudes class. Decorated warmly with subtle contemporary touches, Maya is a perfect place to take a date.
Who to invite: A date, business associates, friends.
Pros: The food is authentic and showcases the subtlety in Mexican cuisine. Service is friendly without being annoying. It's no-smoking, although there's a small lounge area where smokers can go for a quick puff. For special events such as Mexican Independence Day, they host a mariachi band.
Cons: The meals are slightly expensive. Portions pack a punch in flavor but are somewhat small. When it's busy, service can be a little slow.
Recommended: The aguacate relleno is a tasty appetizer comprised of half an avocado filled with shrimp, red onion and mango, topped with coriander vinaigrette.
Don't order: If you don't like spicy food, don't order blackened wonton fish tacos, fresh guacamole and Baja slaw.
Drinks: Margaritas, cocktails, sangria, mojitos, tequila, beer, and wide variety of soft drinks.
Cost: 564 yuan for three people with drinks.