Hidden food getaway: Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine

When we feel like getting away to a quiet, green space for a meal, the family and I head out to Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine in Tanjong Malim. It is also not that long of a detour from the highway if heading to Penang or Ipoh, or even up to Fraser’s Hill.

With the open garden atmosphere, tasty Thai food, interesting modern art on the walls and nooks and crannies for the kids to explore, it’s easy to sink into our seats and into a relaxing afternoon.

mani thai garden

We often start out with a coconut cooler to settle us in and have a brief chat with Mani, the accomplished architect-proprietor of this hidden gem. He is also part of another delicious enterprise, The Bread Shop in Bukit Damansara which echoes the minimalist aesthetic of Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine.

Food and drinks

The food is worth the hour-long drive. Our kids love the Garlic and Lemongrass Chicken, while we enjoy Thai classics like the Pomelo Salad. Of course, we have the Mango Sticky Rice for dessert. The servings are generous and rice lovers get their fill. They have wine in stock for those who enjoy their reds and cold whites. And their coffee is excellent!

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The garden villas

Now that Ma-Ni has garden villas on-site, we are always tempted to stay the night after a long, lazy lunch. The colourful villas are unique, Thai-inspired, beautiful box suites that overlook a candle-lit pathway, serene greens and a brook. A great weekend antidote to the busy-ness of KL! For more info and bookings, please contact them on their FB page here. You can also call them on 05 4590 142, 017 3335 142 or 012 3736 820.

Food and villa photos are from Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine’s Facebook Page

Where is Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine?

From PLUS highway, exit at Tanjung Malim (exit 121) pass toll gate and swing left, drive 2km and a thet traffic light junction turn left (towards Sabak Bernam, route B44) drive 1km and Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine is located on the right. GPS N 03′ 40.142″ E 101′ 30.884″

No. 26, Bt 3/4 Jalan Changkat Asa, Hulu Bernam, Selangor.

Written by Marite Irvine

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11 Responses

  1. Good article!

    Any information for those of us, visitors to Malaysia, that do not have access to own motorized transport, on how to get there?


    1. There is an Express Bus service operated by various agent runs to and fro PUDURAYA and TANJONG MALIM which scheduled every 30 minutes. KTM (Malaysian Railway) also provide COMMUTER service to TANJONG MALIM from KL SENTRAL. Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine located 1.5km from bus terminal and 2.0km from commuter station. One can catch a TAXI to Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine with a fare between RM5.00 to RM8.00.

      1. Thanks again for the update. My wife and I would like to go to Malaysia in November or December. I have to undergo a cataracts operation. You would not know, by any chance, any place that you are willing to recommend for this procedure? Thanks in advance!

        1. Sorry, we haven’t got any experience with cataract surgery – if anyone reading this does, do chip in! I have had a LASIK operation in KL (with Vista) though and was happy with the results. I believe you could go with any of the higher end hospitals/eye clinics and receive high quality of care.

          1. Thanks for quick reply Lm! I have contacted a few of the hospitals via their websites but it really is difficult to decide which one to finally do the operation with.

          2. Yes, that’s true! Maybe try to post your question at Just Ask about Kuala Lumpur Facebook page – it is one of the busiest community pages in KL, perhaps her readers have recommendations.

          1. Thanks for your comment, Justhelp. Prince Court and Gleneagles were both on my list of medical providers that I checked earlier this year. However, I am now still in Australia and the situation was crucial so I had my eyes done here. High cost for both AUD 8500 all-in for monofocal…

  2. the contact numbers provided above don’t seem to work. is there any other ways to contact the resort or make booking directly from the website?

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