Bangkok Blowout: A Progressively Indian Affair at Gaggan

And here we start off the Bangkok Blowout posts!

The strange thing about this Bangkok trip was the number of nice restaurants that we visited; now I know that Bangkok has a wonderful FnB selection (especially after this trip), but often when caught up with shopping, eating tends to be a sideline affair for me where I grab whatever street food is convenient in pursuit of the next great buy. I hardly ever sit down at a nice restaurant to eat!

The trip to Bangkok with my colleagues was meant as a breather after an intensive Singapore Arts Festival 2012 – Our Fest director who had decided to tag along on the trip at the last minute was adamant we visit Gaggan, a place that served Progressive Indian Cuisine with a flair for molecular gastronomy, and booked us a table for dinner on Friday night.

I will admit my trepidations: who goes to Thailand to eat Indian food?!

Gaggan turned out to be housed in a small white bungalow off Soi Langsuan and looked altogether very charming. The interior is quite chichi yet comfortable, perhaps like visiting a very rich friend’s dining room. There were 6 of us and we all had the 10-course tasting menu, added 2 sides and some wine and sangria, and waited in anticipation for the food to arrive.

I’ll show you the menu at the end of the meal – the service staff prefer not to let you look at the menu right at the start so they can introduce the food to you as it’s served and surprise you with each course.

Course 1: This eggy looking thing can and should be eaten all at once, but bursts into a mouthful of yoghurt. It's their signature dish!
Course 2: This 3-part dish on a hammered metal plate was quite unusual and supposed to be a deconstructed samosa of sorts - made up of (from L to R) a Beetroot-Carrot chip thing, a little handroll of nacho chips, and a fancy mini papadum
Course 3: The starters were washed down with an artificial bellini, which tastes exactly like the real thing, cheap wine or not... yummy!
Looks like a bowl of dishwater foam, tastes like airy truffle-y bliss... mmh! It was like eating tasty bubbles, cool way of drinking soup.
Course 5: I don't usually have the chance to eat Foie Gras, but this one atop chewy naan was pretty delicious
We interrupt this meal to show you a picture of me, happily chowing down on Goose Liver
Course 6: 62 degree eggs (basically fancy term for soft boiled eggs) soaked in a curry and slurped up.
The dish comes with this one weird leaf that looks rather nondescript, but when you chew on it tastes exactly like Oyster, salty fish taste and all. BIZARRE, but true.
Course 7: This ravioli looking thing is actually an italian spinoff of the famous indian cottage-cheese and spinach dish. I ate the flower too, but this just tasted like... plant.
A chicken shish kebab which looked very much like Chinese Ngoh Hiang and had a green chutney bubbly foam accompanying it. If you notice the veggies on the right, that is the world's smallest cucumber, a deceptively hot chili that the waiter kept calling 'sugar', and another leaf.
Can you really not eat something touted as "the world's smallest cucumber"? Veggie-hating me gamely tried most veggies that day, all in the name of molecular gastronomy
This green crumbly thing is pistachio, and the others mentioned it was like a delectable Kulfi and named it their favourite dish. I'm not much of a Pistachio person so it was just alright for me. Interesting texture though
And how can you deny such great service? ;P
Can't go wrong with a chocolate ending! Though this lovely mousse was neither Indian nor particularly molecular to me, I never say no to good chocolate.
All this was accompanied by shared sides of giant scallops, Iberian pork, naan in a shrimp curry and a frozen slushy like Sangria that was pretty yummy. And a complimentary limoncello digestif to cap the meal. *BURP*


Here’s the actual menu for the evening for those who’re curious:

Chef Gaggan himself came out to say hi a few times and check on us – he once interned at the famous El Bulli under Ferran Adria, wow! and our darling waiter was very friendly and playful (yup the one feeding me above) so the meal was a lot of fun. His explanations of the dish made it much more interesting than just browsing a menu.

And if you notice, the meal gets more Indian as you go along, hence our little inside joke (and the title of this post) about going to eat progressive(ly) Indian food. But overall, an awesome food experience! It cost something under 4,000 baht (S$160) per pax for our full meal per pax, which included the full tasting menu (only 1,600 baht/S$66) and the many, many sides/drinks/wine we shared, which might be a bit pricey to eat everyday, but for a once in awhile treat, pretty worth its salt.

Check out Gaggan’s generally positive reviews on TripAdvisor if you want a second opinion on the place…

If you’re trying to figure out how to get there…


68/1 Soi Langsuan
Ploenchit Road
Bangkok 10330(662) 652 1700 
Map taken from Gaggan website
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