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A Taste of Gaggan BKK

ahhh ... cool. thanks for that note !

thinking about that chicken tikka is making me hungry now.

Taillevent or Le Cinq LUNCH

Thanks Shakti for the note!

Aug 28, 2015
cyberK13 in France

Singapore (36 hours) from NYC - Please help!

+2 ! And its free corkage .. so you can BYO and have wine with your dim sum.

Although for first time visitors - chilli crabs or black pepper/white pepper crabs is definitely more local.

Taillevent or Le Cinq LUNCH

Thanks souphie and SimonC !

If i do make it to Le Cinq this trip, will be sure to have a quick report on it.

btw, have just added Abri to the list above .. so much for pacing haha. its a very long flight from Singapore so making the best use of my time ... and having sat through a 9 course lunch at L'ami Jean in my last trip .. i think i might be ready for anything.

Aug 25, 2015
cyberK13 in France

Recs Sought for Thailand: Chiang Mai and Bangkok

Hi ejcsanfran, i was in BKK a few weeks ago and had a very good meal at Soei Restaurant (reviewed here by the said Mark Weins: http://www.eatingthaifood.com/2014/08...).

It is not far from the weekend Chatuchak Market so might be a good late lunch place if you are heading to the market.

The Mackerel fried rice there was very good, so was the stir fried curry crabs, mackerel in coconut curry and fresh oysters served with condiments.

What makes Soei stand out is not that it does Thai food very well but it does it in a very different style. You may need to go with someone who can speak Thai as there is very little English spoken here.

A Taste of Gaggan BKK

Quick review of dinner at Gaggan a few weeks ago.

We were a group of 6. Arrived at the restaurant about 6.45pm. The restaurant was in a beautiful refurbished colonial house - deco was simple but classic. Seated without a fuss in a nice corner on the 2nd floor. Wine list was not terribly exciting - couldnt quite remember the options but selected an easy Craggy Range SB 2013 for THB 2500. Also brought our own bottle of red - corkage was THB1000.

All of us opted for the Taste of Gaggan menu which consisted of 7 bite sized snacks - followed by 5 dishes, 2 desserts and some sweets. At THB 2500++, pretty decent value here.

Best dishes:

Yoghurt Explosion (Snack 2) - Good take on Ferran Adria's famous 'Olives' although the exterior spherical film was thicker than I remembered. Gaggan's rendition delivered as promise - sweet sour savory chutney mix in a pop. A nice way to start dinner.

Chocolate ChillyBomb (Snack 4) - A real surprise! One bite into the white chocolate and you get a burst of the spicy sour liquid which reminded me of Rasam (a spicy tamarind soup). A nice combination and imo a good example of progressive Indian cuisine.

Iwantmycurry!!! - Last main dish of the night. The least modernist dish but imo the best of the night. Diners have a choice of either the Chicken Tikka Masala curry or South Indian Fish Curry - both were very good but that was probably the best chicken tikka masala i have ever tasted in my life. Perfectly cooked pieces of chicken in a sauce that was so yummy balance of sweet, savory and spices. My regret was not ordering some nice steamed basmati rice to go with it (the daily bread aka naan served with the curries were forgetable).

GajarHalwa (Dessert 1) - Black carrot ice-cream that was both creamy and had a deep carrot flavor - perfumed with cardamon oil - very interesting.

And that was that.

The rest of the dishes that night were only okay. Indian cuisine has a really strong flavor profile and kudos to the team at Gaggan for trying to present a different perspective of it. Many of the dishes were fun and creative in thought and presentation but ultimately did not come together in the taste department.
e.g. Indian Lemonade (Snack 1) was sweet liquid served in a test tube .. Edible Spiced Nuts (Snack 3) - spiced 'kacang' in a small edible plastic pack .. Papadam and Tomato Chutney (Snack 7) - papadam reinvented as rice crackers with tomato chutney ... they all did taste just like it sounded, not entirely exciting. The rest of the mains did not fare much better, my least favorite dish was Daab Chingri - a traditional West Bengal dish of prawns cooked with coconut - Gaggan's version was a jigsaw with all the wrong pieces - coconut foam , overcooked prawn, slivers of coconut flesh, edible silver paper (why?), the light curry broth failed to bring everything together.

If you are in Bangkok and want a break from all that tomyum - Gaggan is probably still worth a visit. I am quite sure however that I did not go to the best restaurant in Asia.

Taillevent or Le Cinq LUNCH

Hi Souphie, thank you for the reply. Actually yes, already booked the internet menu at Savoy for this trip. Also planning: Table D Eugene, Il Vino, L Arpege, Septime, Pur Sang, Les Climats, Terroir Parisien.

Just wondering whether to have a splurge on Le Squers Le Cinq or better to spend the money somewhere else?

Aug 22, 2015
cyberK13 in France

Taillevent or Le Cinq LUNCH

Also read this ..

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012...

Le Squer's Le Cinq ... hmm .. excellent but not blow you away ? (except the onions it seems).

Aug 18, 2015
cyberK13 in France

Taillevent or Le Cinq LUNCH

Isutigers : wondering whether you did go to Le Cinq in the end? Im heading back to Paris next month and having had an excellent lunch by Eric Briffard's team then , am really looking at returning especially since I wanted to (but have not) tried Ledoyen.

Aug 18, 2015
cyberK13 in France

Taillevent or Le Cinq LUNCH

Kurtis : I had the same experience but this was in 2013 .. superb considering that one of the double pours was a Chateau Margaux 2009 !

Aug 18, 2015
cyberK13 in France

Booking top end restaurants in Singapore - help please

Hi Sophie. Congratulations on your anniversary. Most restaurants in SG either take phone or online reservations. Just pop over to the individual websites or booking sites like chope.com.sg or hungrygowhere.com

Singapore Sichuan and other Chinese restaurant choices.

Hi Vin,

Discovered a little gem near Chinatown area couple weeks ago. Only managed to try few dishes - Mapo Tofu, Cold Chicken and si wei mao cai (you get to choose a selection of vegetables which they will cook into a spicy sour stew)

All the dishes were pretty damn good - havent been to Sichuan but pretty much what you will get in Shanghai.

http://www.hungrygowhere.com/singapor...

Kuala Lumpur - Best Roast Pork at Wong Kee

would you rate this as the best roast pork in the world ? vs HK or SG .. or even different variations ala babi guling , lechon etc etc ..

HKG: the best sweet and sour pork?

Thank you Charles .. havent been back to HK for many years but your post makes me want to go back now .. many places here in Malaysia serve a decent version but none in recent memory has a wow factor..

The death of the "American section;" Long live the Asian section.

Dont forget the cameras! But yes, considering the maturity of the Japanese palate and overall food scene .. they do have alot of credible guides books/websites. More interesting would be the far reaching consumption might of the Renmenbi - already wine and brandy prices have skyrocketed due to demand of Chinese consumers.

Dec 30, 2013
cyberK13 in France

Michelin 2014 Hong Kong and Macau

Ate at bo innovation 6 years ago .. food was interesting conceptually but not blow you away in taste and execution. Service was ok, lacking warmth. Michelin folks definately need to work out their rating system .. went to le cinq recently and the food + service was leaps and bounds better (for a 2 star) .. perhaps unfair to judge paris vs HK 6 years ago but just saying ...

Top 10 Singapore

Hi ManBeard, there was a good list provided in a recent discussion .. sieve through Lau's recommendations.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/924029

1st-time "tourist" with 7 lunches/dinners

Le Cinq lends jackets but sizes are limited - i ended up with one 2 sizes larger and was literally swimming in it - did stop caring about how i looked once they started serving the food.

I think sportsjacket should be fine ..

Nov 23, 2013
cyberK13 in France

Barcelona in December - Comments on Shortlist

must drop by Tapeo and have a 'Bomba' - the best rendition during our trip .. their other tapas pretty good as well.

Nov 20, 2013
cyberK13 in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona in December - Comments on Shortlist

you are making me want to go back to barcelona again !!

Nov 20, 2013
cyberK13 in Spain/Portugal

PARIS + BURGUNDY PLAN (and some Questions)

our pierre sang xperience was just that - innovative, inexpensive and fun. Pierre sang wasnt even there - cooking was done by another young asian dude.

during our mains, a couple came in and had a completely different starter (pasta clam dish) than us. the chef tasted it whilst cooking, served the couple who tasted it and in turn asked the maitre'd to taste it , and sous chef got into the act having a spoon of whatever was left in the pan. everybody agreed it was good .. and no, they didint offer us any. boo ..

wondering - was frenchie then better than pierre sang now ?

Nov 20, 2013
cyberK13 in France

2.5 days in Singapore+1 day in Hong Kong, where to eat?

Yes, the original is better !

Still, the 'fake one' at hong lim is decent rendition if Iojroma needs some place convenient.

2.5 days in Singapore+1 day in Hong Kong, where to eat?

Hi Iojroma, Lau's list is good.

Hong Lim @ food center is in Chinatown, really near you. I reckon you could spend a couple of lunch sessions there trying out different things.

Besides the Ah Heng curry mee, there is a branch of Hill St Tai Wah bah chor mee (minced pork noodles) on the 2nd floor.

Also, on the same floor, you can find a very good rendition of Singapore style Char Kuey Teow (stir fried flat noodles with cockles) - Outram Park Char Kuey Teow

http://ieatishootipost.sg/2011/06/out...

Speak to me of liver

apparently the best is during august ... apparently according to the japs, the flavor is most rich then ??

Nov 14, 2013
cyberK13 in France

Fast Food in Malaysia?

are you expecting because you intend to eat fast food in malaysia ?!

there is too much to eat in msia to waste ur time on fast food !!

How to Peel Salted Duck Eggs

correct correct correct !

Want to avoid those pesky fellow Yankees?

ok . little bit serious here ... haha . in any case im all for - i just wanna go eat something nice, be it queens, NY, paris, asia blah blah ... any help i can get ill take it ...

theres just too much wrong in this world .. just do our best to make things a little bit better around us ... and on the way, have a little good foie (or something like that)

Nov 14, 2013
cyberK13 in France

PARIS + BURGUNDY PLAN (and some Questions)

Short summary so far (full report to come) :

frenchie - worst meal so far, pigeon w wild mushroom and chestnuts was the only decent dish, the rest were muddled and a waste of calories

pierre sang - best value lunch - inventive and well balanced flavors, slow poached egg + kimchi + blood sausage good !

spring - v good, probably the best meal of the trip so far .. sommelier jonathan was in fine form .. outstanding red mullet w veal head and bone marrow vinaigrette

chez le ami jean - cannot describe now , still recovering fr the experience

le cellier volnaysien - grilled bresse breast and ouef meurrete, simple and for the price, a decent meal

ma cuisine - boeuf bourguinon had very interesting depth of flavor, other dishes ho-hum

aupres du cloucher - jean christophe moutet produced well cooked veal, fish but overcomplicated the flavors and made it too heavy with too much mash ... not sure if it was because of the cold weather

premices - v good, oysters w onions and its own gelee, best pigeon w spinach and its liver !! would return

hugo desnoyer - hugo called l'ami jean crazy (in a good way), unfussy well executed dishes with the most charming experience so far...

survived 6 days , 2 more to go ...

Nov 09, 2013
cyberK13 in France

PARIS + BURGUNDY PLAN (and some Questions)

avoiding food coma is something we will be trying to avoid everyday ! haha

Nov 02, 2013
cyberK13 in France

PARIS + BURGUNDY PLAN (and some Questions)

will try to with my poor french !!
are the portions large in ma cuisine? was going to order the beef bourgogne. anything else that is a must there ?

just read up on ferme de la ruchotte, its already on list-of-reasons-to-return-to-burgundy ...

Nov 02, 2013
cyberK13 in France