Let’s Eat Steak for Lunch | Maya

Usually, we reserved steak dinners out for special occasions or (in my case) extreme pregnancy cravings. So, when the opportunity came up to grub hard on red meat for lunch, it was like a food Christmas. It’s definitely still the case at Maya, a Sandy Springs spot now open for lunch. They’re serving up Filet all day with an extremely tasty menu to complement it. So, if you’ve got time to take a mind0afternoon nap, or maybe you’re a Real Housewife in training (so it doesn’t matter what you have to do afterwards), book your table and clear your palate. Its time to eat.


The good thing about the food, whipped up by Lebanese/Spanish Chef Mimmo Alboumeh, is that you’ve got justification for fighting your way through the busiest street in the city. Roswell Road at the Perimeter (otherwise to be avoided by the plague) is a madhouse. Don’t even think about turning left and don’t even think about getting somewhere in less than thirty minutes. Fortunately, once you’re in the tiny little lot that Maya sits on, you can throw your keys at the valet (who parks it ten feet away) and escape to eating. Albeit nestled on that bustling street, inside, it’s tranquil and simple, a small geometric space transformed with subtly vibrant patterns, mixes of texture (leather, wood, stainless, etc.) and the steak dinner-appropriate white tablecloths. It’s a step inside something off the @gardenhomeandparty Instagram account, when they’re showing off cool bars or masculine makeovers.

The menu reflects the same. Front and back, the not-your-average lunch menu covers cravings from robust snacks, soups and salads to big-eater approved burgers and sandwiches, seafood and of course, steak. The disclaimer is that while you won’t be able to choose something from every section (I mean, I guess you could), you won’t go wrong with whatever you narrow it down to. I loved that our server as honest and enthusiastic about the menu items. With a discerning facial expression, she led us toward a successful tasting and sent us home with full bellies and a penchant for more luxurious lunches in the future. Here’s what we tried:

Start with the Beef Carpaccio, holy cow. We learned that while most carpaccio beef is frozen, allowing the chef to slice it to that impossibly thin sheet, Chef Mimmo pounds fresh beef to get it that way instead. The result – a rich, buttery beef bite that all but made me want to call it a day. In fact, breaking all of the tasting menu rules, I cleaned that plate to every last caper. I’ll go back, even just for this and a glass of red.

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I Ventured Outside The Perimeter to Maya Steaks and Seafood

I’ve been in Atlanta almost 10 years and I am guilty (and slightly embarrassed) of being that Atlantan that never travels outside of the Perimeter. I recently had the opportunity to visit Maya Steaks and Seafood located on Roswell Rd. in Sandy Springs owned by Chef Mimmo Alboumeh who also owns the popular Red Pepper Taqueria. People seem to think the best restaurants are in town, but I’m here to tell ya, that is definitely not the case.

Maya Steaks is bringing your classic American style steakhouse to Sandy Springs, but with a Spanish flair in an upscale environment. It’s pretty quaint walking in and it is definitely a great date night place because of how intimate the setting. The lights are pretty dim and the seating is cozy. Our waiter Brian was very knowledgeable about the menu and made some really great recommendations that we used throughout the evening.


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Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

This new Sandy Springs steakhouse has already made a mark with its choice beef in the evening — it's now adding lighter fare during the daytime (though steak's on order if that's what you're craving). New sandwiches include a smoked sockeye salmon with cream cheese, capers, raspberry jam and piquillo aïoli, and a burger made from brisket topped with aged cheddar, sweet onions and bacon. Salads range from spinach to a traditional wedge with a pungent blue cheese dressing and candied, double-smoked Nueske’s bacon. Look for mussels and other seafood as well.

When: Monday-Friday; 11 AM to 4 PM

6152 Roswell Rd.; 404-705-8880

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MAYA Steaks and Seafood
*Highlight Cocktail:
The Spaniard - Amontillado Sherry, Bourbon & Razzberry Tea
Torres Sangria - Brandy, seasonal fruit, Freixenet Cava
The Brooklyn - Widow Jane Bourbon, Antico Formula, Angostura Bitters

Walls decorated with wooden slats and stark black-and-white photography keep the focus on the traditional carnivorous fare at MAYA Steaks and Seafood. Meat dishes stick close to the classics, incorporating an occasional Spanish touch, but things take a turn for the creative with the downright pretty presentation of seafood dishes, from crisp crudo to fragrant soup.

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Chef Mimmo Alboumeh talks MAYA Steaks and Seafood

Chef Mimmo Alboumeh radiates passion just like any true Spaniard. The chef and restaurateur’s latest restaurant (he also owns Red Pepper Taqueria and Coldbrews Oyster Bar & Grill) is MAYA Steaks and Seafood. Named after his daughter Maya, Mimmo has instilled his native Spanish influences into a modern steakhouse. MAYA just began lunch service yesterday, and Chef Mimmo gave us a rundown of the menu.

Here we present Chef Mimmo’s take…

On lunch service. 

The menu is similar to the dinner menu. For instance, we are serving the same appetizers and portion sizes as dinner, but we just took a little hit on the cost for appetizers to make them lunch-priced. We’re hoping people will order a glass of wine- we knocked $3 off the same wines we serve for dinner.

On favorite lunch dishes. 

  • “Pan Tumaca” is what I think of as the Spanish chips and salsa. It’s the popular upscale appetizer in Barcelona. I create an olive oil, sherry and garlic spread and scrub it on the bread, then char it. To serve, I shave Manchego cheese on top.

  • “Caesar salad” uses less traditional ingredients. Grana padano is similar in taste to a Pecorino Romano. It’s the black anchovies from Ortiz that really make the difference in this salad though. A 3.5-ounce jar of these is like $15 a piece, but the taste is incredible.

  • “The Spaniard” is basically a charcuterie plate inside bread. I think of it like a Spanish BLT with meats and cheeses, then I top it with a calabrese and piquillo pepper mayo.

On things that will ‘blow your mind.’

  • The Carpaccio. A prime beef cut pounded thin and served with truffle oil, Manchego and capers.

  • Roasted grapes. Spinach salads are so overdone, so I wanted MAYA’s salad to be different. Instead of doing cranberries, I seasoned grapes with olive oil, salt and some smoke paprika and roasted them for 20 minutes. The grapes taste firm but they’re juicy inside.

MAYA: Superior Steak in Sandy Springs

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.
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Photo: Malika Bowling

Photo: Malika Bowling

MAYA Steak, only open for about two months in Sandy Springs, took the place of the short-lived Seabass Kitchen. The restaurant is completely revamped from it’s former decor, with the bright blue tile replaced by lovely reclaimed wood. The dark and cozy ambience lends itself to intimate date nights or catching up with a few friends over a bottle of wine.

Speaking of wine, that’s reason enough to visit MAYA, with over 40 wines by the glass, all chosen by MAYA’s owner. A Tempranillo, suggested by our server, was surprisingly light bodied and went well with seafood appetizers. But a spicy Zinfandel was the perfect match for my ribeye.

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Walls decorated with wooden slats and stark black-and-white photography keep the focus on the classic carnivorous fare at this Sandy Springs white-tablecloth steakhouse (pictured above). Meat dishes stick close to the classics, incorporating an occasional Spanish touch, but things take a turn for the creative with the downright pretty presentation of seafood dishes, from crisp crudos to fragrant soups.
6152 Roswell Rd.; 404-705-8880

First Look: MAYA Steak and Seafood, Sandy Springs

Count MAYA in Sandy Springs among the new wave of American steakhouses that aim to be less stuffy and more adventurous but still trade on the allure of premium hunks of meat. Chef/restaurateur Mimmo Alboumeh of Red Pepper Taquería and Coldbrews Oyster Bar is known for creating lively dining scenes, and at Maya he does it again with Spanish and fine dining touches.

The look: Located in the Roswell Road space once occupied by Rumi’s Kitchen, and more recently SeaBass Kitchen, the long, narrow dining room still features a small corner bar near the entrance. Beyond, there’s a second, more secluded section tucked into an enclosed porch. Seating is at cushy banquettes and cafe tables with white tablecloths.

The scene: On a recent weeknight, the bar was buzzing, while a well-dressed dinner crowd was scattered throughout the restaurant. At one table, a group of men and women were having a business meeting that alternated between hefty courses of food and drink and the ritual opening and closing of laptops.

MAYA’s cheesecake with vanilla bean and lemon zest, almond and graham cracker crust, topped with berry compote. Contributed by Maya Steaks and Seafood

The food: On the starters menu, find the likes of kings prawns on thin slices of roasted potatoes with herb butter ($11) and prime beef carpaccio flavored with white truffle cream, capers and Manchego cheese ($13). A wedge salad is topped with Valdeón blue cheese dressing and bacon ($9). Aged steaks sourced from Braveheart Black Angus Beef include a 14-ounce New York strip ($42) and a 22-ounce bone-in ribeye ($48). On the seafood side, there’s Scottish salmon with sautéed spinach and lemon butter sauce ($21).

The drinks: At the bar, the signature cocktail is the Maya’s Old Fashioned with bourbon, Cocchi Barolo and Antico Formula ($13). The sizable wine list tends toward California and Spanish selections by the glass ($8-$17) and bottle ($30-$425).

The extras: For dessert, there’s sharable sweets like vanilla bean cheesecake with almond graham cracker crust and berry compote ($8). Beginning April 6, look for a weekday lunch menu.



The newest comer in the meat game makes a statement in Sandy Springs with a Spanish-American hybrid menu that can easily please you with lamb, sea bass, foie gras, etc., but all the leather inside this wood-heavy space should remind you what you're here for: the Braveheart Black Angus Beef.



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Many Metro Atlanta restaurants are featuring special deals for Valentine's day.
At the new Maya Steakhouse in Sandy Springs there is a three course meal for $65 per person or $55 for early birds. It starts with a choice of appetizers including a charcuterie plate or crab cocktail, then one of three entrees. "We'll have a main course of Chilean sea bass or a center cut filet mignon, or chicken breast with truffle linguine," said Chef Mimmo Alboumeh. Dessert is also included.

North of Atlanta, Aqua Blue on Holcomb Bridge Road features a three course meal for $59 that includes a lump crab salad or lobster bisque, an entree of lobster tail and sea scallops or a braised lamb shank plus dessert. The special menu will be featured on February 13th, 14th and 15th.

Aqua Blue General Manager David Smedlund said the weekend will be busy but Aqua Blue will be able to accomodate some guests who have not made reservations.

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