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.
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!
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.
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