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Mak Mak

Central, Hong Kong

Public

2017

Description
Mak Mak
Client
Jia Group
Area
Central, Hong Kong

Mak Mak designers bring the Thai shop house to life with a cinematic twist.

About

The restaurant is reminiscent of a film set in the heart of Bangkok — with a façade resembling an elegant, 1960’s Thai grocery shop, Mak Mak’s entrance features cabinets and shelves stacked high with necessities such as canned coconut milk, chiles and bottles of red sala syrup, a local favourite in Thailand. Not compensating function for form, the entrance works as a full-service bar and a takeaway counter for guests on the go. A service bell rests on top of the host stand; more than a mere call for attention, the bell is a button in disguise designed to open a grocery display cabinet that double as a hidden door to the restaurant’s residence-style 60-seat eatery.

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Upon entering the dining room, the sliding cabinet quietly closes behind guests who will quickly forget that they are still inside one of Hong Kong’s most glamourous shopping malls.

“We knew we wanted to give the space a uniquely cinematic environment, so we re-watched our favourite Wes Anderson and Wong Ka Wei movies – films that have characteristics everyone recognises, but often with a twist in terms of the colours or contexts, giving it an exaggerated ambiance that plays into that moment of surprise.”

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Wooden tables are adorned with earth-toned plates, where Thailand-born Executive Chef Mumu brings classic flavours of favourite dishes such as Tom Yum Goong.