We started and finished with cocktails that were heady and delicious. We started at 6:30pm and the food came out pretty quickly that it occurred to me that perhaps we were being rushed out but I was assured not later and we were able to sit until 11pm.
The Scottish sommelier was delightful as were other wait staff. The poor waitress sounded like she said the same thing over and over again which she does and had got into that sounding like a parrot situation especially with the hand cologne and giving us the low down on the menu. Not sure what can get you out of that.
When Steve and I have been we've done the 8 course sultan but always been incredibly full so Kim and I decided to go with the 6 course latifah. Usually I have a fear of missing out so always go for the biggest menu option but I couldn't see that we'd be missing out too much; maybe a dessert and a meat dish but I could live with it!
chicken kibbeh - jamon butter, corn and coconut, flowers, cresses
walnut crusted beef cheek - freekah, leek, preserved lemon, sweet onion
I really liked the opening course of the chicken ball and corn soup which was fragrant with herbs. Inside the ball of chicken was the melted butter like a chicken kiev which was delicious.
The beef cheek was probably my least favourite but I know if Steve had been here he'd have loved it. I'm not a huge fan of beef cheek as I find it too rich and heavy. Here the meat was packed into a croquette with a crust. I really enjoyed the freekah salad though and the lemon notes kept it lighter than it could have been.
The other stand out for me was dessert. Frozen baklava - cashew parfait, tahini soaked sponge, burnt butter icecream, baklava crumbs, orange blossom foam . Oh my, one of the most memorable desserts I've had in a long time and I'm not even a baklava fan! I loved the buttery sponge and the hint of salty sesame and then the creamy burnt butter ice cream and crunchy crumbs. Oh I didn't intend to eat the whole thing yet somehow I did...
Yep, Maha is still proving to be consistently good. Must not forget about it as a restaurant option. Must remember to give it love!