• Faye Bradley

Retro-Nostalgic Vibes at Bangkok-Shophouse Mak Mak

Following the success of JIA Group’s first Thai establishment, Mak Mak is the restauranteur’s next venture into trendy Bangkok eats. Set within the luxury shopping mall LANDMARK, the restaurant—designed by NC Design & Architecture—takes a nostalgic retro approach resembling a 1960s-style Bangkok shophouse. We dropped by the chic restaurant to try some of the crowd favourites.

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Trendy interiors


Characterised by its unique takeaway stand entrance, Mak Mak leads into the main restaurant area through a subtle sliding door. Using vintage, retro 1960s-style interiors, the restaurant is simple and dim-lit, with friendly staff to welcome all gourmands.

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Modern Thai dishes


First, we had the Tort Man Pla, a traditional home recipe comprising red curry salmon fish cakes, pickled cucumber, served with sweet chilli sauce. A staple on all Thai menus, the fishcake dish was filled with flavours of briny fish in a crispy batter with tangy-sweet chilli to taste.

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Yum Sum O (pomelo salad) is another classic dish in most Thai kitchens, plus a recommended dish at Mak Mak. This was ultimately our favourite dish from the meal, a refreshing course sprinkled with soft prawns and chicken.

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Mak Mak’s iteration of Gaeng Phed Ped Yang (roasted red duck curry) was bursting with Thai flavour in the sauce, filled with aromatic roasted duck. The delicate balance of sweet meets sour was uplifted with the slightly spicy flavour, well suited with a bowl of rice (which we opted out since we already had a noodle dish).

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Phad Thai is another dish which tops my list in Thai cuisine, thanks to its sweet tamarind complexion. This dish was made with all the classic ingredients—tofu, roast peanut, grilled prawn—but it would have been nice to have more of the latter to balance the carb-heavy dish.

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The Thai chicken omelette was a fragrant composition of fluffy layers with a crispy exterior. We very much enjoyed this simple yet flavourful recipe which was topped with fresh spring onion for a tasty finish.

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Khao Neaw Ma Muang—an obvious must for a sweet tooth, was a delicate and devouring end to the meal.

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Cosy & humble


Compared to LANDMARK’s surrounding outlets, Mak Mak offers a more laid-back ambience thanks to its nostalgic Thai décor and old-school shophouse feel. The dim-lit venue makes it a chic place for a casual date night or a celebratory group occasion. If you’re feeling some classic Thai dishes in Central location, Mak Mak is the ideal go-to.


Mak Mak, Shop 217A 2/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2983 1003, makmak.hk


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