Maya del Sol Kitchen is now open for dinner and Sunday brunch at 1813 Reynolds Ave., chef and owner Raul Sanchez announced Wednesday. Sanchez, who previously owned two North Charleston restaurants before joining the team at R. Kitchen in 2016, will offer a five-course chef’s table experience at Maya del Sol, drawing on flavors he learned from his mother and grandmother.
“The Kitchen will allow me to introduce dishes that I haven’t been able to make in the past, including family recipes that are 200 to 300 years old,” Sanchez said in a press release. “Dishes that I really haven’t had time to make within the confines of a standard restaurant format, as well as, being able to create on a theme. A good example would be mole. You have red mole, white mole, green, orange, etc. All accent the dish differently.”
Sanchez will serve various iterations of this classic Mexican sauce, but his base recipe is a mashup of different moles he was taught while growing up in Chicago.
“Growing up in a multicultural city, we had a family from Puebla who introduced me to their mole,” Sanchez told the City Paper. “So I took that recipe and some of the items that I like the most from my mom’s and some of the items that I like the most from my grandma’s, and that’s how I came up with the mole I sell at the restaurant. Depending on what I can find, it’s about 75 ingredients.”
The restaurant is located along a stretch of restaurants that also features Rebel Taqueria and Machu Pichu Chicken. For dinner, look for carne en su jugo, house-made tamales and more, and brunch will feature a weekly changing menu with dishes like huevos rancheros, machacado, chilaquiles and rosemary pancakes.
Maya del Sol Kitchen is open for dinner (reservations only) Thursday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call (843) 225-2390 or email email@example.com.