Hidden eatery Mak Mak offers flavours inspired by central Thailand

Kim Soo-jin

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 March, 2016, 10:43pm
UPDATED : Monday, 17 October, 2016, 2:47pm

Restaurateur Yenn Wong - the brains behind popular restaurants 208 Duecento Otto, Aberdeen Street Social, 22 Ships and Duddell's, to name a few - has opened a new eatery, Mak Mak, with flavours inspired by central Thailand.

Nestled in a corner of Landmark, diners must press a bell on the takeaway counter and enter the restaurant via a secret door cleverly disguised as a shelf stocked with cooking staples. On the other side is a dimly lit room decorated with colourful tiles and wooden accents, a stylistic nod to local grocery stores in Thailand. The menu offers a range of choices and includes a vegetarian menu with options that go beyond the standard salad.

We started our night with tom yum goong (HK$178) served in a mini-pot kept hot by a lighted candle. The soup was smooth and tangy with just the right amount of spiciness, and is one of the best I have tried this side of Thailand.

The crab and prawn cakes with green mango salad (HK$148) paired well with the sweet chilli sauce. We also enjoyed the grilled Australian wagyu beef salad (HK$168), which had delicious, tender beef slices mixed with spicy red chillies. The main, a crispy red tilapia filet with sweet and sour chilli sauce (HK$268), was beautifully presented, although the sauce was a bit sparse.

The sweet Thai iced tea (HK$45) helped cool us down after all the spice. The dinner ended on a sweet note, thanks to the banana fritters with caramelised condensed milk (HK$78) done just as we like it - crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.


Shop 217A, 2/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, 2983 1003