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“Traditional thai food with a taste of culture”
Review of Maya

Ranked #3,936 of 10,823 Restaurants in Bangkok
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Large groups, Scenic view, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Thai Dining TheatreA total sensory experience and journey into the heart and soul of your host country, Maya combines live show cooking, contemporary Thai dance and a theatrical performance of service that has to be seen to be believed! The performers all herald from the Patravadi Theatre, run by Thailand’s leading artist of modern Performing art, Patravadi Mejudon.Curtain opens : 7 pmShow starts : 7.30pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Traditional thai food with a taste of culture”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

Fantastic food, decor and view. Best place to taste authentic thai cuisine. Moreover, they have a vegetarian option, though one need to inform the chef about any special requirements. Performers tried their best to present various aspect of their cultural life within a fixed time. Overall, a good place to have dinner.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank aratrica r
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“Maya, Just say NO:”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

An important aspect of visiting a foreign country is to experience its culture, songs, dance, etc. We wanted to see an evening Thai themed show and the two choices were Siam Niramit in central Bangkok or Maya* inside The Hilton Millennium Bangkok Hotel. After reading the positive descriptions of Maya on Tripadvisor, we opted for it. The dinner show is located in The Hilton Millennium Bangkok Hotel on the left bank of the Chao Phraya. One can get there by either a water taxi, by car or by a free water shuttle between Central Pier and the hotel. The web site promised “A total sensory experience as you journey into the heart and soul of your host country when you dine in this Bangkok restaurant. This spectacular Thai Dining Theatre combines a live cooking show, contemporary Thai dance and a theatrical performance of service that had to be seen to be believed!” The dinner dance show was set in an L shaped dining room. The setting was more like a cocktail lounge than a restaurant with its couch seating. There are 4 sets of dances ranging from traditional to modern interpretative dances. Between the dances were 13 courses of tapa style food. The dances were short & uninteresting and the food was unexceptional. There was no cooking demonstration as advertised. Both the dinner and dances were a big disappointment. We would not do it again.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Charlie E
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“An experience!”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Visited on the 2nd of August 2013.

Be hungry when you go! There are about 15 courses, all fairly small, of Thai food in this fixed menu restaurant. Some are spicy and others aren't. Almost all were delicious. It was a great way to experience many different types of Thai dish, it's just a shame I felt so full by the end!

The show by the waitresses and the four dedicated dancers of different types of Thai dancing was very good given that it was performed in the restaurant itself. The restaurant overlooks the river, but your attention is almost always inside. It was certainly an experience I'd recommend if you have time. We booked, but at this time of year it wasn't necessary.

The Hilton 360 bar in the same hotel also has very good views; it's inside so it's a good alternative to some of the other rooftop bars in Bangkok if it's raining.

Visited August 2013
Thank Mattarth
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West Midlands
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“Special evening out ruined”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Having read some pretty good reviews we decided to give the Maya restaurant (at the Bankok Millenium Hilton) a try. This was to be a special night out for us and we were really looking forward to a great meal with great entertainment.
To cut a long story short, we were one of only two couples eating that evening and expected to have an intimate meal in a nice ambiance. All was going well until the third course when a camera crew started shuffling around in the background behind the dancers. On inquiry we found that the hotel had organised a promotional film to be made without any prior notice or permission from us.
We expressed a desire not to be filmed and the manager, after expressing astonishment that we were not happy to be a part of the Hilton's advertising campaign, agreed to move the crew behind a screen.
Anyway a course and a half later I noticed that my partner was squinting rather badly as she tried to watch the dancer, who incidently was no longer dancing anywhere near to us. I then realised that the powerful video lighting was garing directly over my shoulder and into her face.
Game over. We stood up, told the staff that we had had enough and offered to pay for the food we had consumed so far. The staff were really good, declined our offer, and apologised. However our evening had been ruined and we were very disappointed.
Incidentally: this would not have been a cheap meal and some of the attential to detail was badly lacking. As a couple of examples, no finger cleansing was provided (an essential when eating this type of food) and my order of a diet Coke was presented in the form of a can (unopned) plonked upon the table next to my glass. I have to say that at about £5 a pop, a 330ml can of Coke plonked on the table was a bit of an insult.
When we go back to Bangkok we will not be returning to the Millenium Hilton, there are to many really good restaurants to visit!

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank WillTheWombat
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Bali, Indonesia
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“A delightful evening of delicious food, entertainment and good fun”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

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!

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank classic_bobster
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