When a new steak restaurant comes along you expect the focus to be on high quality, great tasting steaks. And that’s what MAYA Steaks & Seafood gets exactly right.
The upscale spot in Sandy Springs is the latest restaurant from Mimmo Alboumeh, chef and owner of Red Pepper Taqueria in Buckhead and Decatur. MAYA, named for Chef Mimmo’s youngest daughter, is an American steakhouse with a Spanish flair. Chef Mimmo, who was born in Lebanon, grew up in Spain and spent time in Italy before coming to Georgia.
Chef Mimmo is passionate about finding the right beef to serve. As he was planning the menu, he tasted selections from a variety of meat purveyors. From all of them he selected Braveheart Black Angus Beef, not just for the superior taste but for the treatment and processing of the cattle. Chef Mimmo even traveled to one of their farms in Tennessee to witness this firsthand. Braveheart beef is unique to MAYA; no other Atlanta area restaurants carry it.
When you start with a great product, you let it speak for itself. “It doesn’t matter what temperature you like your beef, it’s always top notch,” said Chef Mimmo. The cuts – including center cut filet, New York strip, porterhouse and ribeye – are cooked to perfection. Of course there’s the peppery house steak sauce too, if you’d like to add something extra.
So we’ve gotten a little ahead of ourselves, but it’s hard not to. Isn’t your mouth watering looking at this picture of the bone in ribeye?
Appetizers include a wide selection of surf, turf and Spanish dishes like artisanal charcuterie and pulpo gallego.
If you’re not in the mood for steak, there are delicious fish entrees including the Chilean seabass, as well as New Zealand rack of lamb and bone in chicken breast.
Among the sides, the wood roasted mushrooms and white truffle mac & cheese are must-orders.
Favorite desserts are the tiramisu, crème brûlée and the cheesecake, which is topped with a berry compote.
MAYA Steaks & Seafood is open 4pm to 11pm Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sunday. Lunch service will begin on April 6th, Monday through Friday from 11am to 4pm.