10 Indian Restaurants in Bangkok To Enjoy Authentic Desi Flavor
A list of Bangkok’s finest Indian restaurants that will take you on a journey to explore the exotic flavors of India.
Indian food is considered one of the most popular cuisines in the world. No matter where you travel, there ought to be a famous Indian restaurant in the vicinity with rave reviews that would have you curious enough to try it out for yourself. With an exotic spice palate unmatched by any other cuisines, some people who have never tried Indian food for themselves might’ve heard rumors of it being outrageously spicy or undesirably pungent.
We can certainly say that none of those rumors are true! If you had a chance to try an authentic course of Indian food, you'd be surprised by how much you'll enjoy (like us!). But where would be a good place to start?
Siam2nite invites you on a journey to explore the 10 finest Indian restaurants the city of Bangkok has to offer. Not only will you fall in love with all luscious and aromatic dishes inspired by traditional recipes, but you'd also find yourself coming back for more in no time!
Starting with a restaurant from the Bawarachi franchise, one of the first Indian fine dining restaurants in Bangkok founded back in 1998 and had remained among the top-rated Indian restaurants for over 20 years with their scrupulous attention to quality and flavorsome dishes.
They currently have 4 locations in Thailand with Bawarchi Rooftop serving as their first-ever rooftop fine-dining space. Perching up high on the 16th floor of the Solitaire Bangkok Hotel, the Bawarchi Rooftop boasts an elegant Mughal-style dining hall with gold hues, billowing fabric ceilings, and patterned tiling inspired by the beauty of Indian palaces.
The menu offered at Bawarachi Rooftop was created by a team of seasoned chefs from India who brings into play their love of spices and traditional recipes that works wonders on top-tier ingredients like giant lobsters, lamb chops, tiger prawns, and Grade A chicken cuts.
Some of the most popular dishes include the Kashmiri Rogan Josh, aromatic lamb curry, and one of the signature recipes of Kashmiri cuisine, and the Murgh Makhanwala, a dish originating from New Delhi that is better known colloquially as “Butter Chicken”.
Charcoal Tandoor Grill & Mixology
Next up is Charcoal Tandoor Grill & Mixology, an Indian restaurant that will make even the least explorative eater open up to Indian cuisine. The menu brims with favorites hailing from Northwestern India curated from the traditional and authentic mastery of Indian chefs but also leaving out the overly exotic spice palate and pungency, making the dishes at Charcoal Tandoor Grill & Mixology never too overbearing and easy to grasp even for beginners.
Aside from the wide array of flavorful dishes that's got foodies around the world to stop by, the decoration inside the restaurant is also as interesting, to say the least. With a blend of dark woods, lattice screens, spice jars, and mood lighting inside a spacious dining hall, it is the perfect setting for a night to remember.
GAA by the Mumbai-born Chef Garima Arora doesn’t offer the usual traditional Indian menu, but rather an eclectic culinary style that melded together with the best international flavors with a focus on India and Thailand. A reservation at GAA will sign you up for 12-15 course tasting menu accompanied by natural wines, fermentation-rich cocktails, or a whole juice pairing.
The restaurant is also no stranger when it comes to awards as GAA has just debuted on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 list at number 16 as well and keeping its One Michelin Star status on the Michelin Guide Thailand 2020. Chef Garima Arora also just recently earned herself a personal honor by being named Asia’s Best Female Chef by World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2019, the first and only female Indian chef to ever capture the feat!
In addition to ballad between the cuisine’s innovativeness and Chef Garima’s tenacity, the perfect blend between modern and classic vibes in the décor tops off the culinary experience unlike any other.
Gaggan Anand Restaurant
No matter where you are in the world, if you’re a true foodie, you would’ve heard of the infamous and highly-acclaimed Gaggan restaurant by Chef Gaggan Anand. The restaurant not only held two Michelin stars but was also the number one restaurant on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant for 4 consecutive years and was ranked 4th on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2019.
Today, the restaurant we've just described above has since moved and reimagined to the all-new Gaggan Anand Restaurant located in Soi Sukhumvit 31. The menu, however, still offers the delicious and progressive Indian cuisine inspired by outrageous ideas and cooking techniques signature to Chef Gaggan Anand that has got foodies and curious diners around the world to return year after year.
Dinning at Gaggan had always been a show, a theater built around brilliantly prepared food but also casual enough for you to have a good time with your wine pairing all night through. You can experience it all in one of two ways, on the Chef’s Table that Gaggan calls the G’s Spot or in a more traditional restaurant space called Arena G.
Indian Hut has been serving traditional Indian food in Thailand for almost 30 years and had essentially become a household name when it comes to authentic Northern Indian cuisine. While this Indian diner boasts a powerfully flavored menu, you won't find anything that will overwhelm and attack your taste buds or sense of smell, but rather a well-executed and comforting meal with just the right amount of everything.
The ambiance is another aspect of this restaurant that has got patrons coming back frequently as the modern and spacious dining area decorated in a white-yellow color tone makes everything easy on the eye and relaxing enough to enjoy all the wonderful food in front of you. If you're ever in the area, be sure to drop by, you won't be disappointed.
Indus is a modern Indian fine dining restaurant that serves authentic and delicious recipes amid an elegant ambiance with alfresco seating in a luxurious and sophisticated dining room. The restaurant has represented the peak of northern Indian dining in Bangkok for over a decade.
The menu, however, is representative of all variations of Indian cuisines, including inspirations from the capital of New Delhi, Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, and many more for foodies to experience and enjoy. The Halal chef team also provides vegetarian options for those who prefer as well.
The gorgeous 1960s house and garden and hyper-vigilant service only make Indus even more inviting than ever. You can host a private party or enjoy a lovely evening with your friends and loved ones while treating yourself with some of the best Indian food in Bangkok.
Masala Art is a contemporary and stylish Indian restaurant that serves an authentic combination of Indian food and art creatively curated by an experienced Indian head chef who previously handled the kitchen of a 5-star hotel. The restaurant focuses on Northern Indian cuisine that features a selection of healthy, low-fat options as well as fresh and healthy ingredients and spices like using low-fat cream instead of coconut milk.
The restaurant is also highly-acclaimed, guaranteed by countless awards from 2009 to 2016 from Thailand’s Best Restaurants, Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants, and Bangkok’s Best Restaurant Awards. Masala Art had just recently opened a second location at iconsiam, so be sure to give them a visit whenever you feel like having some Indian food.
Maya Restaurant and Bar
Maya Restaurant and Bar serves unique dishes of delicious Northern Indian fusion flavors from the 29th floor of the Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit. There’s also a “Sunday Brunch” buffet offer featuring not only North and South Indian delicacies but also various international cuisines and desserts for you and your family to enjoy all Sunday afternoon.
Best known for their authentic flavors, luscious curries, and twists on the traditional recipes, some of the chef’s recommended dishes include the Railway Mutton Curry, Lobster Butter Masala, Truffle Cheese Naan, and Tandoori Malai Broccoli.
Whether you’re looking for an upscale rooftop dining experience with a panoramic view of Bangkok, a chic venue for an evening of drinks and cocktails with friends, or simply a place to enjoy quality Indian cuisine, Maya Restaurant and Bar is the place to be.
Punjab Grill Bangkok
If you want a truly authentic fine dining experience with Indian food in Bangkok, then you should check out Punjab Grill Bangkok. The brand, aside from a dozen venues in India where it received the Best North Indian Restaurant in South Mumbai award from Time Food Awards in 2014, has made already its mark in Abu Dhabi and Singapore where they've been hailed as one of the city's greatest restaurants.
With their 3rd international location in Bangkok (opened in 2016), they aim to bring the same high standard of food and services for Bangkokians to enjoy.
Chef Bharath Bhat focuses on bringing about the authentic Northern Indian cuisine experience inspired by street foods in India that locals enjoy every day but added with his signature modern twists and creative touches. Punjab Grill Bangkok also offers a “Sunday Brunch” buffet selections, a laidback alternative to the fine-dining plating and tasting menu during the weekdays.
The name “Rang Mahal”, which means “Palace of Color”, comes from the palace located within the Red Fort, Delhi. It is said to be adorned with gold, silver, and intricated mirror work on the ceiling and was the place where ruling maharajas would wine, dine, and be entertained. The spirit of luxury and celebrations continues on the 26th floor of the Rembrandt Hotel with superb Indian cuisine and stunning views.
Rang Mahal claims to be one of Bangkok’s most revered and acclaimed Indian restaurants with long-time Head of Indian Cuisine, Chef Misra Rajan, that specializes in Northern Indian cuisine. His signature dishes include Butter Chicken, Lamb Rogan Josh, Raan-e-Khyber (Lamb Shank), Murgh “Dum” Biryani, Butter Naan, Paneer Makhanwala (Cottage Cheese), and many more!
Furthermore, you can also catch their Sunday Brunch buffet that offers over 50 different selections of appetizers, curries, naans, barbeque, rice, desserts, drinks, and many more!