Gaggan (Bangkok, Thailand)

Gaggan
68/1 Soi Langsuan Ploenchit Road Lumpini
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Dining date: 10/29/18

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I wasn’t sure I wanted to try Gaggan. Despite it being ranked the “fifth best restaurant in the world” and garnering two Michelin stars, I felt uneasy about dining at an Indian restaurant in Thailand. It just seemed very counter-intuitive. Further, its 6,500 THB/$200 price tag is downright expensive compared to almost any other fine dining restaurant in the city. Regardless, I made the plunge and settled in for 25 courses of Gaggan Anand’s unique interpretation of Indian cuisine.

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white peach

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yogurt explosion

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lick it up foie gras mango

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cheese ghewar

 

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idly experience

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charcoal samosa channa

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chili egg nest

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mushroom pav

 

 

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white asparagus cloves

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som tam

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puchka brain horseradish

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uni green apple

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chutoro sushi tribute

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corn quail drip

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prawn balchao

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scallops cold curry

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momo vindaloo

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lamb chop green chili

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cutlass fish paturj

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death star porcini finale

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rose of tonka beans

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flower power lychee

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dark side of the moon

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yin & yang saffron & pistachio

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wine pairing lineup

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The meal at Gaggan was certainly an experience. It was far more whimsical than I expected – I certainly didn’t expect to be served a course with no silverware and instructions to lick the plate. Actually, only a couple of the 25 courses came with silverware at all; the vast majority were all picked up and eaten directly. While the food was engaging and entertaining, I did not find this to be a consistently delicious meal. The lamb chop with green chilies and spices was definitely a highlight with its fiery kick, as was the charcoal samosa and play on chutoro sushi. But many of the dishes weren’t memorable flavor-wise. Having said that, I’m glad to have experienced Gaggan but I’ll mostly stick to Thai restaurants next time I’m in Bangkok.


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