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Maya Vegetarian Chat House

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 10 reviews )
Contact 02-96998663

470 Cleveland St, Surry Hills, New South Wales, 2010

Counter service Indian sweets, snacks, and food eatery. Food represents recipes from various regions in India. Uses dairy (ghee). Gets busy and noisy. Retro paintings decor. Open Mon-Sun 10:30am-10:30pm.

Category: Lacto, Indian, Fast food, Take-out, BYOB

Reviews (10)

First Review by Nick Kyriazi

Great food - Edit

I shared one of the tasting plates with my boyfriend. He loves Indian and was very impressed. I asked for dairy free and the waitress double checked all the curries. She even changed the dessert to a vegan option which was really nice. Good service and great food.

Pros: Good prices , Great Indian food , Great service

Cons: Cash only

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printed menus, poor wine choices - Edit

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.

Pros: authentic Indian food, vegan items indicated, fair value by Sydney standards

Cons: vegan-hostile wines

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Great quality Indian diner - Edit

Maya very rarely disappoints. Its curries are flavoursome (and varied) and its dosas are crisp; the vegetable biryani is not to be missed. Getting a thali (mixed plate with curries, pickle/yoghurt (raita), breads, dessert) is probably the most popular order; if you're sharing with a friend, it's cheaper to order from the four daily curries in larger containers, plus rice or naan.

And if Indian sweets are to your taste, or you're looking for a snack (samosa or a variety of chaat), there are plenty to go around.

It can be a bit noisy, but the bollywood video clips only enhance the flavour.

Pros: excellent food

Cons: oily food, noisy

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Tasty food - Edit

This place was recommended to me, so my veggo friends and I checked it out. They had the Thali meal and I tried a paneer doza that was recommended. We all really enjoyed the food, which was very reasonably priced. It is a cafeteria style place, so it doesn't have a great ambiance (in terms of fine dining), but as a casual place for some quick, excellent indian food I would highly recommend it. There is also a big selection of indian sweets. I was pleased to find decent street bike parking outside.

Pros: great food, value for money, quick

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REALTasty, Cheap Indian Food (but not fine dining) - Edit

If you are looking for a great cheap indian vegetarian food this is the place for you. The food is fantastic - a variety of dosas, thalis, samosa and indian sweets. Go in with the right expectations, this is not a venue for fine dining and great service, but it is a great cheap tasty meal. The venue is clean, quite large and can get noisy. But you wont get rushed out and can sit down and enjoy your meal. You order at the counter and get a number and find a table. Food is delivered to your table. There is water to help yourself to and you can bring your own wine (which you serve yourself in plastic cups provided). I highly recommend the dosa. Been to this place many times and never disappointed. Just make sure your not expecting a fine dining venue and you wont be dissapointed.

Pros: Fantastic Dosas, Yummy sweets, Cheap

Cons: No table service, Not fine dining (set expectations)

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pretty good - Edit

I've been eating here for years off & on. The place was renovated a few years back & is much nicer now. Big plasma screens on the walls playing Indian movies & music videos. Volume is not too loud. Very popular with Indian families & taxi drivers. Food is fast & cheap. I love the samosas. Also I like the Wed special Aloo Matar. Breads are also good.

Pros: cheap

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Noisy chaos but good vegetarian food - Edit

It took some time to figure out what to do upon entering. You are to go to the counter, which was not obvious (because there were people standing everywhere), place an order and paid for it, they give you a numbered card held by a metal clip-stand to place on whatever table you choose, and then you wait there for the food to be brought to your table. The place was packed, very loud, with currents of people moving everywhere. At one point, a waiter dropped an entire table's metal plates with food leftovers on the floor which was deafening. Just be prepared.

Pros: Good, vegetarian food

Cons: Noisy chaos and turmoil

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