Some online research proved that Maya was a hit with reviewers and being Brits in Oz we missed a good curry so once we'd walked past this place during our Freo trip it seemed right to pop in and make a reservation for that evening.
Service was friendly and efficient. The waitresses all seem very sweet and keen to please. Steve started off with a beer and I went with a Goa Sunrise which was a pineapple, vodka based concoction.
Our main dishes included fish qmin described as hot fish curry of local barramundi fillets prepared insauce with roasted cumin & fenugreek seeds, coconut, tomatoes and red chillies and was highly recommended by one of the smiley waitresses as her personal favourite. The second dish was chicken mumtaz (butter chicken) - clay oven roasted chicken pieces finished in a sauce of tomatoes, roasted fenugreek, cream and little butter – this twice cooked chicken dish is prepared over two days and is Maya’s classic.
Butter chicken does not exist in UK and having tried various variations during our time in Australia; we liken it to chicken tikka masala with a hint of korma thrown in. Incidentally tikka masala and korma here are also different to their UK namesakes. Anyway the curries were both delicious. My favourite was the fish qmin - strongly spiced and flavoursome with a delicious sauce that was spicy enough to be challenging and so enjoyable. The butter chicken was an excellent interpretation of the dish. It was rich and creamy yet without the lingering greasy buttery feeling that sometimes can happen.
The accompanying roti was fluffy and doughy with crispy bits and perfect for scooping up sauce.
This was an excellent meal and we would not hesitate to return here on our next visit to Freo.