Here with Part Three of my Eating Adventure around South East Asia! If you’ve missed it, you can read about Cambodia here and Ho Chi Minh City, here!
Nahm (27 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok): Ranked number one in the Asia’s Best Restaurants for 2014, Nahm is a high achiever. Located inside the chic Metropolitian hotel by COMO, it was relatively easy to find our way there without resorting to a taxi. We opted for the dinner set meal which includes a selection of canapés and six other dishes.
I was rather disappointed with my meal at Nahm. Despite asking them to tone down the spiciness of their dishes, it was still too hot for my sister and I. This meals, all we could taste was the heat rather than the unique flavours of Nahm and the fresh produce. With that being said, the set menu was very good value. We paid a little more to have the lobster and mangosteen salad as our entree and there was plenty of food left despite trying our hardest to finish everything. Service was attentive and the setting was sophisticated and charming.
(68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini): Hidden inside a small street in downtown Bangkok is a whitewashed clonal-style house turned restaurant, and inside you can find the amazing eatery that is Gaggan. Known for its progressive Indian cuisine, chef Gaggan Anand combines simplistic recipes with futurist cooking techniques.
Left to right: Mango Mania and Lychee Caprioska
No longer offering the a la carte menu, you have three different tasting menus to choose from. We opted for the most basic called Taste of Gaggan because we didn’t want to make the same mistake as Nahm and leave too much food behind. The ten course dinner exceeded my expectations; every dish was perfectly executed. My favourites were the foie gras mousse with onion water baguette which had an airy texture and a strong foie gras aroma, the grilled fresh water prawn with a curry leaf infusion and the summer vegetable soup with a runny egg yolk and truffle.
Street Eats From India (clockwise): Yogurt Chaat, Spiced nuts in an edible plastic bag, Pani Puri made with white chocolate and topped with a silver leaf and an open Samoa.
Clockwise: Down to Earth Soup, Foie gras sandwich, complimentary palate cleanser, River King Prawn, Viagra (aka freshly shucked oyster).
Clockwise: Lamb Ragout, Chicken Tikka Masala, Mango and Cardamom Ice Cream, White Sesame Cake and Red Mullet with Chili Herb marinade.
My meal at Gaggan was one of the best this year! The style of the dishes are not like traditional Indian cuisine but it still uses Indian flavours as Gaggane pays homage to his heritage. I’m extremely fond of the different presentation, from the spiced nuts packaged inside edible packaging to the mushroom soup severed in a rock-like bowl. A must try if you’re in Bangkok!