After many attempts to book a reservation at this famed restaurant, we finally succeeded on our most recent trip to Bangkok and it was a memorable travel experience on so many levels. First of all, why any restaurant exists, the food was creative and provocative on an epic level. Secondly, the restaurant is set to close in 2020, so time to enjoy it is running out and third, it was amazing to have a Michelin starred experience that was anything but pretentious and stuffy.
Be advised for the purposes of letting the experience be unique we won’t be divulging all of the aspects of the two hour meal of countless courses, much of it has to be experienced and we don’t want to ruin the surprise, but suffice it to say, if you are fortunate (and persistent) enough to get a booking here, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
So your first question might be with the restaurant set to close in 2020 (and why is it closing by the way?) what are the chances of getting a reservation here? First off it certainly is booked way in advance but it is possible being persistent and on top of your available dates and checking with the restaurant. We called several times before our trip to Bangkok and sure enough on our very last call a week before the trip, there was an opening.
The reason the restaurant is closing has a lot to do with the chef after whom it is named. Gaggan is quite a personality, he’s irreverent, self made, unpredictable and most of all creative. He wants to pour himself into something completely new so that his talents do not become stagnant and that energy is really present on every dish we encountered. From the first to the last there was spice, flavor, color and a flash of brilliance.
The restaurant is situated on a side street off a main road in a mid century Thai house. every room is different and the staff have the biggest smiles and friendliest demeanor that reflects so much of what Thailand is about. The food is complex and yet so simple all at once. Gaggan uses street food, his beloved Indian heritage and the relative affordability of Thai products to keep his 21 course meal affordable by Michelin star standards.
One of the interesting things we noticed was that some reviewers found the restaurant offensive and yes if you’re into pretentious and stuffy Michelin starred restaurants, get ready for a shock. The staff will crack jokes with you, Gaggan may show up in a flurry of laughter and pop culture music will be played to set the mood for certain dishes, it is dinner and a show.
The 21 dishes are so well portioned that we felt we could truly focus on flavor, savoring each bite and yet not leaving ‘filled’ in any way. The meal has been planned to perfection and the environment is noteworthy. If you can get to Gaggan before it closes, we can’t say enough how the experience will impact your taste buds forever, but if you can’t no worries, chances are Chef Gaggan will be making headlines in his newest venture very soon elsewhere.