Here at Pattaya Dining Guide we are always on the lookout for new and innovative restaurants. Although May’s have been open for some time it is pushing the boundaries of Thai cuisine here on Thepprasit Road in Jomtien.
Mays classes itself as Traditional Thai, Urban Refined, and its elements are design, taste, price and vibes. With locations in Bali, Ho Chi Minh City and Pattaya, Mays is a truly global concern.
Mays is the brainchild of Ms May and the restaurant was opened to satisfy her desire to open an eatery that displayed her love and passion for food. In 2014 she started by selling urban refined street food in Pattaya and the business took off with her first thatched roofed restaurant.
Two years later she expanded into her current location and opened two further restaurants in Indonesia and Vietnam.
Presentation is key to all of the dishes at Mays and it is no different with the starters which feature dishes such as: grilled river prawn salad, deep fried shrimp cake, chicken pandan leaf, deep fried calamari, papaya salad with river prawn, pomelo salad, chicken satay, green mango salad with soft shell crab, and pork salad in a jar.
Mays create some stunning interpretations of classic Thai seafood dishes, served with the typical Mays flair and absolutely delicious.
Crab in yellow curry, steamed sea bass lime and chili, seabass with mango dressing, seabass with sweet chili sauce, prawns with glass noodle in clay pot, rock lobster black pepper sauce, deep fried prawns with thai herbs.
Whether you like your curries hot and spicy or flavoursome and piquant, Mays have the perfect selection to whet your appetite.
Seabass with yellow curry, May’s curry with prawn, gaeng garee gai, soft shell crab gold curry, beef mussaman, lamb chop in pineapple curry, panang seabass curry and southern curry with thai herbs.
Rice and Noodle
The western idea of rice is as an accompaniment, but in Thailand it is often a stand alone dish to be enjoyed by itself, Mays create some special dishes out of noodles and rice.
Pineapple fried rice, stir fried mixed vegetables, stir fried vermicelli with prawn, pad thai with prawn, seafood fried rice, stir fried chayote, morning glory, hokkien noodle with prawn, tofu with mushroom sauce, sweet sour chicken, stir fried chicken on curry paste.
Mays is truly urban Thai at its very best, even the soups have that extra attention paid to them so that they are presented superbly and full of exotic tastes and aromas. It is well worth sampling the tom yam chow lay or the spicy tom yum goong.
There are many restaurants that boast they serve urban Thai food but few that are successfully actually doing so. Mays certainly does and her rapid expansion to other countries is a testament to this.