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“beautiful food, astounding Value,relaxing surroundings”
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Maya Garden Bar & Restaurant
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Thai
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Virginia Water, United Kingdom
1 review
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“beautiful food, astounding Value,relaxing surroundings”
Reviewed July 12, 2011

Maya garden Restaurant & Bar (formally Eden)

I'd like to write a review on this restaurant.
The restaurant had recently changed names from’ Eden’ after a major refurbishment and that they wanted to really make a name for themselves with high class dining, Whereas the name Eden apparently had connotations with some seedy place in Bangkok and was giving mixed signals.
We came looking for Eden and found Maya; its an Asian style Tapas Restaurant and bar tucked away from the main road and set in a beautiful garden surroundings, that really made you feel comfortable and reluctant to leave.
The menu was like no other, all the dishes came out like works of art, and so tasty. The menu is described as Asian Fusion. A lot of the dishes are Thai influenced, like a Thai style Tuna Tartar(amazing) but had a splattering of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, as well as other stuff like Prawn Gambas (Spanish) Lamb Kofta, (middle eastern )and Pizza. The portion sizes were fairly small and the prices very low. We were able to throw caution to the wind and order several items off the menu over the course of the evening , all of which looked as if it should have been served at some exclusive over priced establishment. The whole night including drinks ended up less than ½ the price of a meal at our hotel in Laguna where we try to keep our drinking as minimal as possible due to the extortionate prices( relatively ).
All in all we feel Maya’s is one of a kind in this area; great value , fantastic ambiance, relaxing, fun and ultimately we felt like we experienced something special with the food. Because its slightly away from all the other restaurants, you cant help feeling you’ve discovered a real hidden jewel. Thumbs up all the way!!!

  • Visited July 2011
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English first
London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed May 13, 2010

We met Richard while he was having food with his parents in a restaurant near the beach in Bang Tao. He warmly invited us to a party he was hosting at his own restaurant in Thalang 3 kms away later in our holiday.

Although we never made that party because we were in Phi Phi, we did go down a different day. Richard and his beautiful wife Maya are wonderful hosts. They are warm, friendly, genuinely interested in you as their guest and boy can Maya cook!

We had true thai style food cooked with love. Tasty and delicious. I will leave my best friend to describe the food as she is the foody!!!

The restaurant is laid out so it can be used for many different types of events from cosy romantic dinners to lazy lunches to a kickass dj clubnight - even with it's own pool. Travellers who stray from the beach and find Eden will indeed be in paradise.

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Scotland
1 review
“A Venue with a difference - worth seeking out!”
Reviewed February 17, 2010

Being retired, we spend six months of the year in Ban Tao and love trying out local Thai Bars and restuarants in the area. We were recommended Eden Bar and thought we'd give it a try. It's a little paradise, away from the noise and bustle in what really is a garden of Eden. The food is excellent and very good value. I particularly recommend the tapas - something we haven't found anywhere else locally. We also tried out their quiz night and had a great time and again, the food was something really special.

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Thailand
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“great food, great late bar, natural relaxed suroundings”
Reviewed January 24, 2010

We stayed at Laguna, Cherntalay , on Bantao Beech .
We always eat out around the village but I am compelled to write about a special find that I think most people would otherwise miss.
About 50 meters past Tinley Place where most of the restaurants and bars are located, down a small private lane. We found this Bar / Restaurant called Eden. Unlike every where else, this place had space. It was an open thatched roof garden bar with a swimming Pool & Pool Table. What was so shocking was that the chef/ owner was actually highly experienced and was head chef of some top restaurants previously that would have charged fortunes for the same dishes that were served up here. There was a regular menu ,brief and interesting but the chef came out and discussed the meal with us made a recommendation that was tailored to our taste( not on the menu). It was fantastic, every dish, and so cheap compared to these other restaurants previously mentioned. We felt comfortable ordering several dishes to try new things because it still worked out cheaper than one dish from other places.
On top of this, because of the space , garden and the general relaxed atmosphere we were able to enjoy our meal with our kids, whereas in most restaurants everything is a little to formal or overly decorated or just to tighley packed to relax with restless kids around.
We came back a couple of times after that and the quality was consistent.
Before we left to go home we popped in a little later in the evening without kids in toe, just to say thank you ;only ,to find a real sociable bar atmosphere. There was a good crowd of really interesting characters, mainly expats living in Thailand. Great music and a really good social vibe. We left around 1pm because we were leaving the next day but the bar was still going strong after we left.
Thankyou Eden Bar for making our holiday complete.

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