MAIA is worth a visit just for the décor and ambiance. Referencing the 1960s, mono-colour interiors are shot through with tasteful geometric prints making for chic and minimalist décor giving Maia the requisite glam for this cosmopolitan corner of the capital. Oversized prints of sixties models nod to David Bailey’s iconic work, the "Box of Pin-ups". Taking a closer look, you’ll find one of them is an animated screen. Swish, but subtle interiors await. Comfortable chairs and soft banquettes in sumptuous dark leather are assembled around dark, glass-topped tables - ideal for leisurely lunches or lingering afternoon teas with your family in tow.
We loved the table lamps which offer three settings and would be perfect in a home setting as well.
Our welcome was warm – even though there was a photo shoot in progress and nothing detracted from our meal. The menu is one of balance and less-is-more, leaving seasonal ingredients nowhere to hide. I chose the grilled sea bass which came with fruity datterini tomatoes and their salty foil, a Taggia olive concasse. It was perfect as was Kathryn's Chicken Paillard – pounded chicken breast, courgette purée, roasted cherry tomatoes, extra virgin oil and lemon.
We weren't going to have a dessert but our lovely waitress, Veronica, persuaded us in the end to have the Fruit Sashimi. We decided to share which was just as well as the portion for one was huge – and delicious.
We ere there in the evening but there is plenty to choose from for children during the day. Check out the current menu.
Tempting though they were we didn't try the cocktails designed by the award-winning and avant-garde drinks specialist, Richard Woods whose list is guaranteed to take guests on a delicious journey around Italy’s classic cocktails all the while giving them his very own inimitable twist.
At Maia, the experience is completed with renowned architect of sound, Sam Starks, whose curation of smooth sounds, played live from 5pm, are guaranteed to put you in the Maia Mood.
PWT rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
MAIA 32 – 34 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, SW1X0LZ
Booking: 020 7222 6000