[Bangkok, Thailand] You don’t always have to go to the same food places in Bangkok. That happens to many of my friends, even after multiple trips to the city in a single year.

Central World, after being through an unfortunate burning incident years back, is reclaiming its former glory. This time with a Groove @ CentralWorld which looks set to be next place for mid-range eateries, patisseries and gastro bars.

This is the kind of place in Bangkok to people-watch the trendy, travellers, influencers and celebrities. Spotted some (you know it when a sudden group whips out their mobiles for furious snapping).

Groove @ CentralWorld has 16 new lifestyle restaurants and gastro bars, including those newly premiered in Thailand – Maxim’s Bistro, Faunchon, Harrods, Ciccheti, Jones the Grocer, Wabisabi Japanese Gastrobar.

The other more familiar names are Greyhound Café, Open Kitchen, Apinara (a more casual format of Nara Thai, Eat, 1881, Hobs, Hyde & Seek, and Wine I Love You.

Some familiar with French food will be surprised. Maxim’s is in Thailand? Yes. Maxim’s Bistro, established by one of the most popular restaurants in Paris, is the brand’s first outlet in Southeast Asia.

The restaurant is in its signature Art Nouveau red and white, serving French classics such as Duck Leg Confit (420 baht, SGD$16.50), Nicoise Salad (290 baht, $11.40), and Croque Monsieur (250 baht, $9.80).

Prices are not the cheapest considering this is Bangkok, but taste wise is as good as it gets outside Europe.

Maxim’s desserts are the reason why many come. Chef Sebastien Gaudard who worked with Fauchon and Delicabar “Snack Chic” at Le Bon Marché manages the menu and recipes personally.

The cakes are exceptional, including the seductive-sounding Coco Chanel (210 baht) of passion fruit caramel fillings, and wrapped in coconut flakes; and Madame Maxim’s (210 baht) with smooth Tahitian vanilla cream crowned with a pretty pink macaron.

Maxim’s Bistro
Groove@CentralWorld, Central World, 999/9, Rama I Road, Pathum Wan, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2-646-1477
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm

Other Bangkok Entries
Chikalicious (Central Embassy, Bangkok)
Petite Audrey (Siam Center, Bangkok)
After You Dessert Café (Bangkok)
Eathai (Central Embassy, Bangkok)
The Ninth Café (Siam Paragon, Bangkok)



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