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.
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…
Gaggan68/1 Soi Langsuan
Bangkok 10330(662) 652 1700