Maggs Restaurant

A surprise gem, nestled among the townhouses of Thepprasit Road is a little bijou restaurant that is a big favourite amongst the locals.

It is hard to miss Maggs as the frontage is more akin to a Roman temple than a Pattaya restaurant. Outside the building are two Atlas-style neoclassical figures surveying the busy traffic on the road.

The neoclassical theme continues inside, and the opulent and somewhat austere decor is a little out of place with the warm friendly welcome and the comfortable furniture.

The two owners waste little time making you feel right at home, Chef Val oversees all the cooking whilst John is normally found behind the bar chatting to punters and pouring their favourite tipple.

Most people go to Maggs for the home cooked food, and the choice of excellent British fare is intermingled with European favourites and Thai specialities. A tip not to eat anything before a visit to Maggs is well worth heeding, the portions are not small. In fact the plates stacked with food are as opulent as the decor.

The most surprising fact about Maggs is the prices, they are extremely reasonable and definitely value for money. The menu is extensive and the bar well stocked with spirits, liqueurs, wines and some bottled craft beers.

Looking around the dining room you could be fooled that you were in some expensive restaurant in Rome; Doric columns, imposing statues and even a fresco of Michelangelo’s Finger of God.

The tables have brilliant white, starched linen laden with heavy quality cutlery, and the chairs make you relax with the added bonus of being just the right height for proper dining, a fact so many establishments don’t seem to get .

Sunday Roast dinners are extremely popular, and the set menu at 495 baht is exceptional value, with an interesting selection of dishes. However, the al la carte menu is more than reasonable with most starters around the 200 baht range, including green lipped mussels, crispy duck salad, blue cheese and mango salad, tandoori chicken etc.

The advice is to select small as the main meal selections are not for the feint hearted. Even the main meals start at 240 baht, for that price you can order liver and onions with bacon and silky mash potato or something like cottage pie or beef stroganoff.

Australian steaks are also cooked to perfection as with all the fish dishes if you want to go a little more upmarket. The sauces are all homemade, simply delicious and the perfect accompaniment to a juicy rare sirloin or a nice piece of grilled John Dory.

If you have room left for dessert then expect a choice of English puddings, cakes, tarts and fresh fruit salads. The dessert cabinet next to the bar is normally crammed full of freshly baked delicacies.

Maggs is a perfect restaurant for a leisurely, home cooked meal. The surroundings are a little OTT but the friendly atmosphere coupled with the excellent food and service is a recipe for the continuing success of the restaurant.