Garima Arora’s Michelin-starred flagship restaurant is back with a new menu and bold flavors.
Gaa, which has held one Michelin star for years and was ranked the fifth best restaurant in Bangkok for BK’s Top Tables 2022, has unveiled a new 13-course tasting menu (B4,700/person) packed with seasonal delights.
The menu mixes in a new line-up of dishes with some old customer favorites (often with new presentations or altered portions). Classic treats such as chaat, a refreshing sorbet disc that you can crack and mix with mysterious produce underneath, are part of the hit-list of returning dishes. As with tradition, customers are asked to guess the ingredients but the staff offer hints. The dish is packed with rich flavors, interesting textures, and a popping sensation (from what, we don’t know).
The restaurant’s classic bafun bread makes a return also, but with different plating and accompaniment of ingredients. Here, the classic street food is lathered with green chili paste, pickles, and elevated with slices of uni on top. The result is a bite-sized umami sandwich that is simultaneously rich, savory, and tangy.
The “Tandoori Story” dish stars creamy Monthong durian fillings which you can self-plate on top of papadams. Gaa provides eggplant or potato alternatives but the original is a must-try (it’s free from the classic durian scent that is off-putting to some diners).
The restaurant uses local Thai cooking techniques and doesn’t neglect the use of seasonal ingredients. The “Summer Curry” dish, for example, is a palette cleanser prepped like traditional Thai sweets. Here, Surat Thani flower crabs are floated in a bowl of shaved ice and served with banana leaf infused coconut milk.
Dinner takes about two and a half hours, so it’s best done with a drink in hand.
The venue’s signature cocktail, “Pomberry Curry” (B450) is a fruity and intoxicating mix of tequila, cointreau, berries, masala, and pomegranate. Equally refreshing is the “Passionate Pickle sour” (B450) made with vodka, passion fruit, campari, and papaya pickle.
Like past menus, this offering from Gaa will last about three months before another switch up, and there are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options if that is your thing.
46, Sukhumvit 53 Alley, 063-987-4747. Open Mon-Fri 5:30pm-12am; Sat-Sun 12-3pm, 5:30pm-12am
Photo: Chaat / facebook
Photo: Bafun bread / facebook
Photo: The Tandoori Story / facebook
Photo: Patoli / facebook
Photo: Pomberry Curry (left) Passionate Pickle sour (right)