Gaggan – One Of Bangkok’s Best Restaurant Serves Progressive Indian Cuisine

   

[Updated Aug 2015] Chef Gaggan will be coming to Singapore for a one-day popup lunch GGGOLA, happening on the 29th of August at 12:30pm. This is in collaboration with Chef Daniel Chavez from Ola Cocina Del Mar at Marina Bay Financial Centre.

Expect Spanish and Peruvian styles with Thailand’s Gaggan’s Indian cuisine. Price at $150 onwards, free-flow wine and cocktails with $70 top-up. Reservations: +65 6605 7050

[Bangkok, Thailand] My dining partner was shocked that we travelled miles to Bangkok to eat Indian food. “Seriously?!” Being a typical Singaporean, we would have wanted to fill our tummies with yummy Thai street food. Our idea of Indian food then was limited.

This gastronomical meal at Gaggan, a progressive Indian restaurant in a colonial style wooden house set in the heart of downtown Bangkok, turned out to be our best and most memorable meal that trip.

Then you would have thought Elizabeth Gilbert could have just travelled to Bangkok to find her Eat Pray Love.

We tried some of the critically acclaimed restaurants in Bangkok – Nahm , Bo.lan, and Eat Me, though I felt that an element or two was missing.

In contrast, the meal at Gaggan was highly satisfying and complete. It is afterall, Number 1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015

Gaggan means “sky” in Hindi, and this 70-year old restored bungalow of sorts, with green gardens, comfortable rooms and cane furniture, made me feel that I was visiting a very wealthy friend.

Do make a tour around. Finding a washroom is a good excuse. There were book shelves with legitimate food books, an outdoor area to have a drink and gaze at the sky, and no music. Yes, like a dining in a friend’s house, but also strangely very still and quiet.

The best way to experience Chef Gaggan Anand’s creativity is through the Tasting Menu (2,500++ Baht) and Best of Gaggan Menu ($4,000++ Baht)

Having trained for two months in Ferran Adria’s el Bulli, Gaggan’s cuisine is influenced by its philosophy. There is no way you would find a typical curry dish, naan or masala chicken here. Expect well, modern interpretation of Indian classics.

My advice: throw all expectations out and be thrilled. There were fun dishes, such as the Minced Lamb Patty which came in a tomato ‘false’ bun all airy and crumbly, and slightly sweet. As well as something more serious and closer to authenticity – an aged basmati rice layer with chicken, herb and saffron served in a small pot.

The Carrot Cake, I assure you, would be like nothing you ever tried before. Coming in a green bottle cut into half, with saffron, it Is all whimsically imaginative yet appetizing.

There were some perhaps 3-4 constructions on the menu we did not quite understand and went “huh?”, like the Tiramisu flavoured cold cookie with choco chip, all made in front of very eyes, but with an un-arresting taste in contrast to the procedure it went to making.

To update, I have been to Gaggan in 2015 again (before they came in champions for the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 awards) and thought that the food became more gimmicky, lacking of its original flow and focus. It became a meal where we remembered syringes and foams. Unfortunately, the Ala Carte menu has also been removed and price of the Tasting Menu went up to 2,500 from the previous 1,800 baht.

There used to be more “When India met Italy” elements, such as the Seafood Risotto – slowed cooked with rice and saffron milk and impossibly delicious. Couldn’t find that on the menu anymore. It’s a pity.

Still, it is Asia’s Best Restaurant in 2015 and should be worth making that reservation if you are in Bangkok wanting to try a very different meal.

Gaggan
68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: +662 652 1700
https://www.eatatgaggan.com
info@eatatgaggan.com
Opening Hour: 6pm – 11pm Daily

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3 Responses to “Gaggan – One Of Bangkok’s Best Restaurant Serves Progressive Indian Cuisine”

  1. April 17, 2015 at 12:10 am #

    Hi Daniel, can I check if the price of the tasting menu (1800 baht) is including the gst and service charge or excluding?

    • admin
      April 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

      Usually prices stated is excluding taxes.

  2. April 22, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

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