Image courtesy Eat At Gaggan
The iconic Bangkok-based Indian restaurant Gaggan, has been ranked #1 on the Asia’s top 50 list for three years straight and came in #7 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list this year. The restaurant is tucked away in a narrow inconspicuous street – until you get to the building, which is a majestic house with a beautiful glass pane front and lamps giving a warm glow. The interiors are set with white wicker chairs, wooden tables and high ceiling fans – almost retro in its feel. It sets the scene for the dinner that is to come – elaborate, sophisticated and very creative.
Using the art of molecular gastronomy, Gaggan Anand, has redefined traditional Indian food while still preserving all of the authentic flavours and tastes. Diners are served a 25 course meal which is listed rather enigmatically as a single page of emojis – a way to transcend language barriers. And in true Indian style, 23 of the 25 courses are eaten by hand. The plating is eye-catching and imaginative with each dish carefully thought out and beautifully executed.
The emojis under each photo is what Gaggan has used to represent each course. Your eyes and palate are left to do all the guess work. What you see is often not what you get!! And there lies the anticipation as each dish arrives at your table. Only when all the courses have been served and the meal is complete, will diners get a menu with words to let them know what they’ve just had. So be prepared! The first six courses were the pan leaf with chili jam, the yogurt explosion, the tom yum kung prawn cracker, the eggplant cookie, the chili bon bon and the goat brain.
One of his most complex dishes is the eggplant cookie. Fresh eggplant is charred, skinned, cooled, freezer-dried, ground and moulded into a powder and compressed with curry oil and Indian spices. Two are then sandwiched together with a layer of onion chutney jam between them. This whole process takes four days!!
Finally, we’re on to dessert! First off was the dehydrated beetroot rose! Would never have guessed I was eating beetroot, that too, as a sweet dish! Next was the curry mango chocolate – I think this was my favorite dessert of the night.
So be prepared for a three-hour extravaganza. Your meal comes in at about 5,000 baht ($150) per person. That being said, it is actually one of the cheaper restaurants in its class, and one that left me extremely content. Gaggan will however be closing his doors in 2020, so if you haven’t been here already, I highly recommend you do so! This was my second visit and hopefully I’ll get to go back for one last hurrah!
Thank you Gaggan!
Location : 68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Timing: Dinner (6pm to 11pm)
Disclaimer: All photos and opinions are my own.