In December 2013 Maya Chat House, better known as Maya Masala or Maya Vegetarian, introduced printed menus. This means you can consider your choice sitting down, rather than having to mill about at the counter, trying to read the boards on the wall behind it. You still order and pay at the counter and get given a number, and the food is delivered to your table. The new menu indicates vegan items with a V, and it is startling to see how many dishes do not qualify, beyond the obvious items using paneer or ghee. For example, apparently yoghurt is used in making the bhatura in the channa bhatura. Strangely, the aloo tarkari and mixed vegetable biryani get a V, although served with yoghurt. Apparently this is because the yoghurt is served in its own dish, so vegans can leave it to one side. Also strangely, the allocation of Vs on the printed menu is not quite the same as on the menu on the website, mayavegetarian.com.au.
For some time now Maya has had a licence to sell alcohol, but vegans should tread carefully with the wine. Oddly for a restaurant that does not serve egg, Maya stocks some well-known, pretty ordinary, brands that clearly state on the back label that they were made using egg and milk, and traces may remain. A shame: Maya could have supported a couple of the small wineries making vegan-friendly, and often organic, wines.
Cons: vegan-hostile wines