Mak Mak, the new Thai eatery from the JIA Group (who also brought you 208 Duecento, 22 Ships, and Aberdeen Street Social), is a retro-themed restaurant that is dishing up aromatic and authentic Thai dishes. Located at the second floor of the Landmark Atrium in Central, let your wallet heave a sigh of relief as your Singha beer and house white or red wine is rung up for a mean price of $30 (+10% service charge) from 5pm-8pm daily. In a sea of overpriced drinks of just 'okay lah' quality that make happy hours not really that happy after all, this in what essentially is the heart of Hong Kong's CBD is a seriously good find.
For those who are a bit hungry (read: starving, because well, aren't we always), complimentary Thai peanuts with chopped chilies will tide you over before dinner. Because peanuts are such a substantial meal, when you're really ready to eat, simply go through Mak Mak’s secret entrance to try Executive Chef Mumu’s dishes, like the hor muk salmon (spicy steamed salmon soufflé in banana leaves with coconut dressing, $128) or the classic tom yum goong, a hot and our tiger prawn broth with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf and fresh chilli ($178).
The Thai villa-inspired room serves as the perfect backdrop for a laid-back meal, and vegetarians will also be pleased to know that there is a dedicated menu for them, with dishes like the kheaw wan, a green curry with apple, pea eggplant and sweet basil ($95). To end the meal, Chef Mumu recommends the khanom MAK MAK, which is a salty and sweet trio of butterfly-pea glutinous rice desserts with toppings of baked egg custard, sweet coconut prawns, sun-dried fish and fried shallot. Cocktails and mocktails are both available; try the Cheun Jhai (Hendrick’s gin, cucumber, Thai honey, lime and galangal, $100) or the Amphawa, which is made with green tea, mint, agave and lemon ($55).
217A Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12-2:30pm (daily), Dinner: 6pm-10:30pm (daily)