Gaggan Anand (pictured) with head chef Rydo Anton
What’s the story? Gregarious Kolkata-born chef Gaggan Anand closed his Bangkok restaurant – which had been voted No.1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants a record four times from 2015-2018 – in August 2019. In November of the same year, he opened a new incarnation of the eatery with a subtly different name in a new, foliage-clad site in the south east of Bangkok. The Gaggan Anand restaurant debuts on the list at No.5, earning the Highest New Entry Award 2021, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles.
What will I eat? Gaggan rose to fame for his irreverent, highly creative menus (some written only with emojis) which still feature at his new place. Classic dishes like Lick It Up – the multi-coloured Holi gulal made from vegetables dyes – have evolved, with all elements making an assault of flavour on each taste receptor of the palate. The new signature Yoghurt Explosion features homemade yoghurt, chaat masala spices and spherified black salt.
Dining spaces: Gaggan Anand is split into three distinct areas. The plum seats are in the G Spot – a 14-cover chef’s table with Anand at the helm. The main dining room, Arena G, and its open kitchen are located above this space, incorporating 40 covers. There’s an eight-seat private dining room too.
What about the drinks? Anand’s partner in wine, sommelier Vladimir Kojic, again has the keys to the cellar, which focuses heavily on natural and biodynamic bins, predominantly from Europe. There’s also a bar featuring small-batch spirits and artisanal mixers.
Booking tips: You can only book online, with the reservation diary open monthly. A few days before the booking, diners receive a questionnaire to complete. Among the questions are requests for the guest’s favourite band, their favourite swear word and position of choice from the Karma Sutra. It’s a not-so-subtle hint at the irreverence of the experience; those of delicate disposition need not apply.