May & Mark Restaurant in Krabi

Krabi Town Restaurants & Dining

May & Mark Restaurant has played a large part in the history of tourism in Krabi Town. Opened in 1990 by Matee and Kittiya Kulpanpinunt a Thai couple in their thirties, and named after their children, May & Mark’s cuisine was based on pre-cooked curries served with rice. The early ‘90s saw the first significant amount of foreign travelers visiting Krabi, and rapidly Matee and Kittiya understood that curry over rice was not a favourite of western visitors, which is why they learned how to bake bread and how to cook ‘farang’ food (taught to them by passing-through travellers).

Today, the original - slightly old-fashioned - restaurant is still at its place in Soi Maharaj 2, and a brand-new branch named May & Mark’s House has opened in the central area of Soi Maharaj 8, right next to Krabi Walking Street. The two branches serve the same dishes.

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The original May & Mark Restaurant is a small shop-house with a yellow-painted facade located in the middle of Soi Maharaj 2. It hosts only six tables (two of them outside) and lots of objects, memorabilia and curios hazardously dispatched all over the place. The atmosphere is in accordance with the usual Krabi Town ambience: pretty quiet. This is also the place where some of the best whole-wheat bread in Krabi Town is baked.

May & Mark’s House – the new branch – offers a different version of the same concept with a modern approach: the restaurant and coffee ‘gallery’ (as it describes itself) blends wooden and aluminum materials in style, and mixes hi-tech and rustic elements to create a very cozy venue. Its location in the centre of all things in Krabi Town also makes it a busier place than the original branch.

May & Mark’s both branches are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu deserves to be described as ‘international’ as several cuisine types are available on it; Thai, Indian, Mexican, English, Italian, there’s a great choice of tastes at May & Mark’s: English breakfast (bread or toast, sausage, bacon, fried eggs, baked beans, tomatoes and potatoes – with brown sauce – at 140 baht), onion soup with bread and cheese at 60 baht, club sandwich at 100 baht, fried vegetables with chicken in oyster sauce at 100 baht, fried rice with pork/chicken/shrimp at 60 baht, pizza salami at 180 baht, pork schnitzel with potato salad and cheese at 180 baht, tandoori chicken at 100 baht, chili con carne with rice at 130 baht are just a few examples of the culinary delights available here.

The drinks list features all the usual southern Thailand suspects with fruit shakes (40 baht), milk shakes (60 baht), soft drinks (20 baht), beers (small bottle 60 baht, large bottle 80 baht), and wine (150 baht per glass). Summing up, May & Mark Restaurants are two places that provide good value for money and whether you like the tranquil atmosphere of the original or the trendier vibe of the new branch, you are sure to have a good meal at a very reasonable price here.

May & Mark Restaurant

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Maharaj Soi 2 and Maharaj Soi 8
  • Tel: +66 (0)75-612562
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