A café that gives Kings Heath a certain 'Je ne sais quoi' that it would otherwise be missing.
It has the quaintness and character of delightful little cafés that I have visited in France. A very charming décor and display of fresh bread, exquisite patisserie, which is only enhanced with rustic furniture theme, circa 1950s art and classic posters.
The menu is full of delights too - an array of classic French dishes makes the experience a gastronomic joy. I couldn't resist the steak hache and gratin, followed by crème brûlée on this occasion, which invoked a fond nostalgia of my many trips to France.
It also has the sensibility of a French café too. You are not hurried to do, well, anything - it is incredibly laid-back. I have sat in Maison Mayci for hours with friends, slowly enjoying my many portions, laughing heartily and musing about life without feeling as though we had overstayed, as I have felt on other occasions in many-a-less authentic café.
Maison Mayci is a special little joint.
I'd like to write about the times that I had coffee in Mason Mayci. I've tried to do this activity twice. The first time we waited for 20 minutes and we went unnoticed, even as we walked out of the door. The second time we waited 10 minutes before being noticed by a French waitress, who came to take our order. She couldn't understand what Cafe Latte was. After the help of some nearby multi-linguists the waitress realised that we wanted 'cafe lait'. The cafe wasn't latte. It wasn't even lait. Or late. It never materialised at all.
Maison Mayci is the kind of place that kept yummy mummies hang out after dropping their kids off at King Heath Primary School. Women with not only money in their pockets and time on their hands, so that may be why quick service isn't a priority here. I glance at the specials board whenever I pass and there are some tasty looking quiches with interesting food combinations on offer that change on a daily basis.
If you have time to while away and you aren't that bothered about quick service, this charming looking French cafe has some original dishes that you won't find elsewhere.
After hearing many rave reviews of Maison Mayci, I decided to pay it a visit a while back. My first impression was not great - it is quite a small cafe and I went in and waited for a table. None of the staff greeted me at all and overall I found the service distinctly unfriendly and from the start, quite rude. In fact I began to feel a bit like a lemon standing there! I did get a table and had a nice enough lunch. I like the fact that they bring tap water to your table without being asked. The have a good selection of cakes and are one of the few bakeries that do sourdough bread, which is the only reason I visit them now and that's only if I am in Kings Heath. I would never go out of my way to eat there - but if a friend really wanted to go I'd be tempted to give it one more go to see if it really is as unfriendly as my first encounter.
Love this place already! Apparently run by two brothers from Grenoble, it's a very cosy little cafe - the warm yellow walls and beautiful chandeliers and delicious coffee and pastries mean that I've already been here a couple times in my two weeks so far in Kings Heath, and plan to continue frequenting it. Pricing seems reasonable, service is wonderful and food yummy. Perfection.
(...only wish their free wireless was working, which is why I decided to dock one star)
The service, food and location( I live locally in Moseley) are perfect. They do by far the best Soya Decaf Latte in Birmingham. Love this place. Excellent value for money too!
Maison Mayci is known to many locals as "the French cafe". The French theme continues from the name of the cafe into the menu and many of the signs around the cafe are also in French. For a cafe, it's decidely at the pricier end of the market - you're looking at around five pounds for a sandwich and between six and seven for a salad. In this sense, the buisness is aimed either at those with big bank accounts or those wishing to indulge themselves, something that's not difficult to do when the French style cakes are as good as these, and of course, the coffee is delicious.However, it's not a particularly spacious place and kind feel slightly cramped but there is an outdoor eating area which is nice. Service can get a little slow when the place is busy, though I wouldn't see this as a reason not to visit. Definitely a good place to spoil yourself, or spoil your diet if you are on one. However, if it's cheap burgers you are looking for, you sholud look elsewhere.
I really like it here although it can get very busy and its small so you just have to pop in and hope there is space. Its really good value, the portions are good, and the cakes are amazing. I like the chicken and cheese sandwiches. They do take away cakes and bread. I have found the staff quite nice, even if some seem a little shy at first.
There are now three of these, one in Kings Heath, one in Moseley and one in Harborne. The atmosphere is pleasant and the cream-based decor is timeless and agreeable. The KH branch is a bit more intimate than the larger Moseley one I haven't been to the one in Harborne. Food has been good, coffee is strong enough (which is still so often not the case in some places) and it is a nice place to sit and read or chat.
Maison Mayci is always an agreeable place to visit for a coffee and a pastry/cake. The hot meals and sandwiches are good also. I frequent the Kings Heath venue, which has been extended and has a nice outside table area if the weather is warm enough. Maison Mayci is excellent for take away cakes and bread (numerous choices) which are lovely and well made. They bring tap water to the table with your meals and the service is usually courteous but is sometimes brusque and a bit surly/rushed. All in all it is a nice place to sit and read and chat.
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