I came to this restaurant once before for work function in 2010, not knowing anything about the dining concept and was blown away. So during our recent trip to Bangkok, I took my husband to Maya.
We made a reservation for Saturday night and the person taking the reservation asked us what was our level of tolerance with spices. I thought this was a good gesture as we both love spicy food, and I really mean SPICY.
The restaurant was dimly lighted and it sure did exude the feeling of "theater-like". Servers were dressed in beautiful Thai silks to add to the atmosphere. We particularly like the seating arrangements, where small, low tables (almost coffee-table like) were placed surrounding the area. This made the atmosphere a little more relaxed, but still special. Dinner was 13 courses (yes, I counted): 6 starters / appetizers, 1 sorbet, 5 mains and 1 dessert. Each course was beautifully presented in individual portions and everything from the beef salad and Masaman curry to pad thai were full of flavors.
The entertainment was 'timed' with each course and throughout the night, we were treated to a number of unique performances, featuring different types of dance. The only thing I would recommend to management is to perhaps provide a little flyer explaining about each dance/performance. At times it was a little difficult to listen to the explanation.
All in all this was a great experience. If you would like to try a variety of Thai food (authentic too!), enjoy a show but would like to experience something different, this is the place for you. A dining experience not to be missed!
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