Maaya Indian Kitchen & Bar in The Hub is upping the ante in the local dining scene with its fab food and entertainment. Celebrate:MK editor Jon Boyle went along to try its new fortnightly Live Piano Wednesday.
It’s not every day you walk into a cosy Indian restaurant to find a top pianist serenading an intimate audience of diners.
But then Maaya Indian Kitchen & Bar has always done things a bit differently – and that’s why we’ve fallen in love with the place.
The independent restaurant bucked the trend of big chain eateries at The Hub when it opened in Rillaton Walk a little over a year ago.
And since then Maaya has struck the right chord with the Milton Keynes public thanks to its fantastic food and live entertainment – earning it a spot in the final of the British Curry Awards 2016.
Bollywood dancers, singers, fire performers, magicians and comedians have all passed through Maaya’s stylish entrance in recent times.
Indeed, only last month the venue hosted a night of curry, comedy and magic to raise funds for Community First Responders (CFR) in MK, as well as donating money to other good causes.
But just when we thought things at Maaya couldn’t get any better… they have.
The restaurant has launched a new night called Live Piano Wednesday, which sees talented pianist Nigel Hammond (pictured above) performing soothing background music from 8pm until 10.30pm every second Wednesday (July 12 and 26 are the next ones).
As soon as I heard this news I dragged my parents round to babysit and suddenly my fiancée Elli and I were off to a gig in a curry house.
Nigel’s soft renditions of tracks such as Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’, Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ proved the perfect accompaniment to our delicious food.
We opted for the Banquet, which allows you to try a number of dishes and is fantastic value at just £17.95 per person for three courses.
The mains are refillable but we were so full from the generous servings of murgh makhni, lamb rogan josh, garlic chilli chicken, bombay potatoes, mushroom & vegetable jalfrezi, basmati pulao rice and assorted bread that we didn’t need to order any more.
The atmosphere was homely and relaxed, with gentle applause rippling around the dimly-lit restaurant as the final note of every song dissipated into the night air.
With Kingfisher now served on draught, 2-4-1 cocktails and the restaurant’s new lunch menu thriving too, it’s no wonder general manager Mo Abdul and Maaya’s investors Salim Islam, Leigh Strathearn and Jason Thorne (pictured outside the venue, above) are smiling.
They can be mightily proud that they have hit the right note with the MK public in such a short space of time.
Call 01908 242665 to reserve a table at Maaya Indian Kitchen and Bar. For more information visit http://www.maayamiltonkeynes.com