Gaggan. I first heard of Gaggan after watching “Chef’s Table” on Netflix. Run by Chef Gaggan Anand, this Michelin star restaurant was proclaimed the best restaurant in Asia. Given its location in Bangkok, the price for a 25-course dinner is very reasonable (even given its recent price increase in December 2017). Reservations can easily be made in advance via their website. I do recommend booking in advance – as early as 6 months ahead.
Now on to the menu. The whole idea behind Gaggan is that each course is one flavorful bite. You don’t know what the dish is until the end of the meal so if you still want that surprise, don’t look ahead!
1st course: pink elderflower watermelon
2nd course: the signature dish, yogurt explosion. Literally a spoonful of yogurt explosion.
3rd course: a trio of sauces including mushrooms and peas. Mini stereos playing the song, “lick it up” are placed in the center of the table as guests are instructed to lick the plate.
4th course: tom yum kung piped into a shrimp head.
5th course: goat brain flower power. Surprisingly, very tasty (none of us had a clue that we were enjoying goat brain, that’s for sure!)
6th and 7th course: eggplant cookie and chilly bonbon
8th course: idly sambhar
9th course: banana chicken liver
10th course: fish granola
11th course: gin toni cucumber uni
12th course: chutoro sushi
13th course: foie gras yuzu carrot
14th course: green vegetable matcha
15th course: pork vindaloo
16th course: scallop uncooked curry
17th course: sheek kebab mango chutney. Take a leaf, wrap it around the sausage and enjoy!
18th course: Thai green curry
19th course: seabass bengali mustard
20th course: charcoal lotus stem
21st course: lobster dosa
22nd course: beetroot rose
23rd course: milk cake riesling muscat
24th course: lemon cheesecake in the form of a minion popsicle
25th course: mango saffron ghewar
The first menu is given with just emojis as the description and the final menu given with the full detail.
The final review? Gaggan was definitely interesting but personally, I preferred other Michelin star restaurants (specifically my experience at Kikunoi in Asakusa). Still a very memorable experience and one that I would not trade.
Next up, Elephants World.
Check out the rest of “A Bite Out of Thailand:” series:
Part 1: Bangkok Highlights
Part 2: Shopping in Bangkok
Part 3: Street Markets
Part 4: Soei and Thip Simai
Part 6: Elephants World
Part 7: Krabi