Maya is high end restaurant offer, from the team behind Isabel situated in Mayfair (see below description of the site from the client website). This project spanned 3 floors of and existing basement below the Leven Hotel. We were required to adapt the existing structure including new staircase formation, and kitchen ventilation solution. This required extensive consultation with the local authority as this was within a conservation area. We then dressed the scheme with a multitude of specialist and high end finishes such as marble, polished plaster, bespoke metal work, and elegant banquette seating. The project required extensive assistance from the Blok team to develop the concept and vision into a functioning one of kind establishment that creates a unique of dining experience.



Contract length

20 weeks


5750 sqft



Situated at the bustling intersection of Chorlton Street and Canal Street, the 20th-century warehouse building which MAYA will call home holds a storied past in Manchester's nightlife history books. MAYA will be a refreshingly dynamic all-day dining experience, taking guests from noon until the small hours across all three of its levels, each one telling its own story. Guests to MAYA may first encounter the brasserie space, which is set at ground level and welcomes sweeping daylight and the familiar cobbles of Canal Street. It will present a modern-European style menu of brasserie classics in a bright, lightly toned and open space. The main dining room, set below ground level, will be a distinct departure from the brasserie above. A sumptuously hued, alluring interior is the setting for a drinking and dining experience centred around an ingredient-led, hyper-seasonal and regularly changing menu. The culinary experience throughout is being crafted by Mancunian head chef Gabe Lea, who cut his teeth at Michelin-starred establishments like Le Manoir and The French at The Midland Hotel.

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