At the moment, this tiny, brightly-painted takeaway is a
closely-kept secret known only to the residents of River St, if the number of
followers it has on Twitter is any indication – 4, if you’re interested,
including me. But believe me, the rest of you are missing out.
The takeaway that preceded Maya was more your average
late-night stopping point for chips & kebabs, and I’ve got a feeling that
it’s casting a shadow over the new business, but the two couldn’t be more different.
This is definitely not your average takeaway joint – there are no lurid
photographs accompanying the entries on the menu, no haze of grease in the air
– it’s just good food that you can take home in a box.
The main thing on the menu is pizza, which is freshly
made to order and topped with delicious ingredients that wouldn’t look out of
place in a good sit-down Italian restaurant – parma ham, rocket, goat’s cheese,
artichokes. I’d especially recommend the calzone, but I’m yet to order a Maya
pizza which I didn’t enjoy. The crust is particularly good – crispy on the
outside, chewy on the inside – so make sure you order some garlic mayonnaise to
dip your crusts into.
You can also get pasta dishes and salads, which I have to
admit I haven’t tried yet (the pizzas are too tempting) but which sound equally
delicious, and a burger or a hot dog if you want to keep it traditional, but
pizza is the real star of the menu.
Finally, not only is the food great, but it’s really good
value, too – all the pizzas are less than £10, so it’s much cheaper than
Domino’s (and much better), and delivery is free within three miles. There’s
really no excuse not to tuck in, so come on – help me get this fabulous little
independent the following it deserves. Their website isn’t running yet, but you
can find them on Facebook (Maya Takeaway) and on Twitter (@mayatakeaway), or
pop in to see them at 10, Rivers St Place.