Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Myth of Mahanaka @ Sukhumvit 29, Bangkok - เดอะมิธ ออฟ มหานากา @ ซอยสุขุมวิท 29 กรุงเทพฯ

Cuisine: Thai (contemporary)
Price: THB650 per person without alcohol (what we paid for)
Visited: 5 January 2014
Food: 4/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Value for money: 4/10
Services: 3/10
Scale: [ 1=poor ----- 5=average/standard ----- 10=outstanding/exceptional ]

It was a while back, just after 2014 New Year, when we visited The Myth of Mahanaka at Soi Sukhumvit 29 (right at the entrance to the Soi). The Myth of Mahanaka serves kind of contemporary Thai food, meaning not really traditional style nor fusion nor modern but somewhat in between. However the style of the place is more like Arab, from the name to the decoration. What I like about the place is the atmosphere. The place is spacious and rather private with nice music background.

The Myth of Mahanaka @ Sukhumvit 29, Bangkok

antique decor al fresco

a more comfy seat

sofa seat corner

The Myth of Mahanaka is not just a restaurant but also a bar / lounge. There are various types of beverage available for those who just wanna hang out and chit chat. Despite rather good ambient, we were not so impressed with taste of dishes here. At least the pricing is not too excessive for these days. On the service side, we would say it towards negative side, just felt like staffs somehow were ignorant. Never mind that anyway.

the bar/lounge

flatware setting

the menu

The menu consists of quite a number of dishes to be selected. The very first thing I had noticed was the price of boiled jasmine rice which costed THB50 per portion. That was ridiculously expensive for just a plate of boiled rice in Thailand. Anyway, we did have a few choices of starters to kick off our meal. The price range was not cheap either. The one we rather enjoyed was Yam Som O, otherwise just ok to eat. Below is the list of starters we had.

Yam Som O - ยำส้มโอ 
Poh Piah Ped Krob - ปอเปี๊ยะเป็ดกรอบ 
Tao Hoo French Fries - เต้าหู้เฟรนช์ฟรายส์ 
Yam Phak Boong Krob Goong - ยำผักบุ้งกรอบกุ้ง 

Yam Som O - ยำส้มโอ (THB220)

Poh Piah Ped Krob - ปอเปี๊ยะเป็ดกรอบ (THB240)

Tao Hoo French Fries - เต้าหู้เฟรนช์ฟรายส์ (THB160)

Yam Phak Boong Krob Goong - ยำผักบุ้งกรอบกุ้ง (THB240)

Moving on to heavier dishes, we had Satay Ruam - สะเต๊ะรวม which was basically mix of Satay : i.e. pork, chicken, and beef. I promise that any satay on street stalls are ways better than this one. Not to be harsh but I gotta say that it tasted somewhat like it was cooked from those ready-to-cook paste. Then we had Phad Phak Boong Fai Daeng - ผัดผักบุ้งไฟแดง and Phad Phak Ruam - ผัดผักรวม. Did not expect much about fried vegetable. At least, there was nothing horrible.

Satay Ruam - สะเต๊ะรวม (THB220)

Phad Phak Boong Fai Daeng - ผัดผักบุ้งไฟแดง (THB160)

Phad Phak Ruam - ผัดผักรวม (THB180)

As for heavier dishes, we in fact appreciated these more. We had Chu Chee Pla Hima - ฉู่ฉี่ปลาหิมะPanaeng Gai Lychee - พะแนงไก่ลิ้นจี่, and Tom Kha Gai - ต้มข่าไก่. The Chu Chee Pla Hima or snow fish in curry sauce was nice. It at least brought us back some liveliness. The Panaeng Gai Lychee (a kind of red curry with chicken) was as well not bad. Just the fact that breast chicken meat was selected for the dish which gave somewhat dry touch on the palate. I believe this might not be a favourite choice for Thai but perhaps tourists.

Chu Chee Pla Hima - ฉู่ฉี่ปลาหิมะ (THB650)

Panaeng Gai Lychee - พะแนงไก่ลิ้นจี่ (THB300)

Tom Kha Gai - ต้มข่าไก่ (THB180)

For desserts, we say they were weird. Understand that The Myth of Mahanaka is trying to be creative. But we feel that sometimes the traditional choice was do much better job.  For examples Rose Apple Tart Tatin - ทาร์ตชมพู่ which was not so weird but somewhat not so balance both flavour and texture and Gluay Buad Chee - กล้วยบวชชี which was surely not Gluay Buad Chee from my sense. It looked more like pancake wrapped with mashed banana served with coconut sauce from my point of view. I personally do not like this dish. Setting aside Khao Niew Mamuang - ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง which they cannot really go much wrong with one of the most famous dessert in Thailand. Thai Influenced Trio Creme Brulee - ครีมบูเลสามชนิด (ginger, pandanas, and coconut cream) and Kalameur Banoffee Tart - บานอฟฟี่กาละแมร์ทาร์ต surprisingly turned out to be better than expected. The texture of creme brulee might not be so perfect but I rather like the way the 3 flavours were presented distinctively and in a good way. The ginger one was outstanding for me. The Kalameur Banoffee Tart was a good idea to substitute the typical condensed caramel in banoffee with the local alike thing "Kalameur". It showed chewy texture with the unique sweet flavour and scent.

Well, we were not really impressed with the overall picture of The Myth of Mahanaka. To return here is indeed still far from being in the list of things to do. Trying not to be harsh though but this is what we really experienced.

Rose Apple Tart Tatin - ทาร์ตชมพู่ (THB150)

Kalameur Banoffee Tart - บานอฟฟี่กาละแมร์ทาร์ต (THB150)

Gluay Buad Chee - กล้วยบวชชี (THB150)

Thai Influenced Trio Creme Brulee - ครีมบูเลสามชนิด (THB150)

Khao Niew Mamuang - ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง (THB150)

The Myth of Mahanaka @ Sukhumvit 29, Bangkok - เดอะมิธ ออฟ มหานากา @ ซอยสุขุมวิท 29 กรุงเทพฯ
2 Soi Sukhumvit 29
Sukhumvit Road
Khlong Tan Nuea, Wattana
Bangkok 10110

Open Hours: daily from 17:30am - midnight

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