Set dead in the centre of Leicester’s vivacious town centre Maiyango offers a some what contrasting atmosphere to the vibrant streets outside. When you enter you are welcomed by a graceful and inviting bar and lounge area, dimly lit with candles and lanterns, cosy and intimate , the perfect setting for a date or meal with friends. The decor, largely adorn with rich colored fabrics, compliments the subtle contemporary world music, both exhibiting influence from a variety cultures, just like the food at Maiyango.
The eclectic menu, with it’s rustik and charming wooden outer pages, is not overly crowded and includes some unique flavors. As an appetizer my first choice was the goats cheese parfait with beetroot, apple, lambs lettuce and a hazelnut dressing. Delightfully creamy and light the parfait melted in the mouth. The hazlenut dressing adds a dark subtle nuttiness and is the dark horse of this dish.
For my main I opted for Maiyango’s famous trio of tagine spiced lamb, accompanied by parsnip dauphinoise, creamed leeks, apricot and walnut jus. The locally produced lamb was notably tender and cooked to perfection, oozing with flavor that only carefully sourced produce can offer.
Now from oozing flavor to oozing chocolate, for desert I finished up with a magnificent chocolate fondant. As a self confessed choco-holic (I am seeking help) it would be difficult for the chefs at Maiyango to disappoint me with this dish, but the gooey centered desert exceeded all of my expectations and was a brilliant closing.
My overall experience of Maiyango was exceptional and I highly recommend this culinary destination. The courteous and knowledgeable staff are the cherry on the cake and though it is the warm and intimate atmosphere that will first grab your attention, it will be the food that makes the lasting impression.
13-21 St Nicholas Pl
Leicester LE1 4LD