Indus is arguably Bangkok’s finest Indian restaurant. It has been serving exceptional quality authentic royal Mughalai style Indian cuisine for over 12 years.
The setting is a 1960’s art deco house within a large tropical garden complete with an outdoor dining area. After entering through the large wooden doors there is a long corridor with sandstone brick walls leading to the main dining room. There is also a lounge bar and a private dining room. The interior walls are decorated with Indian tapestries. The main air-conditioned dining room features subdued lighting and candlelit tables. The lighting is not so dark that you can’t read the menu.
Indus uses high-quality local ingredients, mostly organic produce grown on the restaurants own farm. Spices are imported whole from India and ground daily by hand. Healthier rice bran oil rather than ghee is used in the cooking process giving the food a lighter feel. The food is served in traditional Indian copper and brass dinnerware.
The contemporary menu features a range of starters, soups, kebabs, mixed grills platters, and curries. Also biryanis, side dishes, salads, bread, and desserts. Vegetarians are well catered for. Signature dishes include 7-hour slow cooked pulled leg of mutton, Australian lamb chops marinated in yogurt, coriander, ginger, garlic, and mustard oil and grilled lobster marinated in crushed coriander, chili flakes, tawa gravy, and young ginger.
Starters range from 200-550 baht and most mains from 260-550 baht. Signature dishes are 760-1690 baht. There are also non-vegetarian and vegetarian tasting menus. The 7-course menu is 1800 baht and the 4-course menu is 1400 baht with paired wines. The Signature 6-course tasting menu is 1500 baht or 4 courses for/2500 baht including paired wines. Tax and service (17%) are added to all bills. Beers start at 160 baht for Singha while Indian Kingfisher beer is available. Wine by the bottle starts at 1300 baht.
Check the menu: http://www.indusbangkok.com/menu/
There is a separate lounge bar with music and cocktails for after dining chill-out. The service is friendly and efficient. Although Indus is a bit more expensive than some other Indian restaurants in Bangkok the food quality and setting are unbeatable and represents good value for money when compared price-wise with Indian restaurants in western countries. Note that there is a smart casual dress code (no shorts).
Indus also offer an incredibly good value all you can eat weekend brunch for 950 baht + tax & service (17%) on Saturday and Sunday lunchtime. Children from 5-12 years 50% discount. It starts at 11.30 until 15.00. Last order at 14.45.
Check the menu: http://www.indusbangkok.com/menu/weekend-brunch-menu/
There is also a weekday set lunch at 550 baht net with a rotating daily menu.
Phone reservation: 02-258-4900 or 086-339-8582
Location: 71 Sukhumvit Soi 26, Bangkok.
Opening Hours: Lunch 11.30-14.30. Dinner 18.00-22.30 daily.
Getting There: BTS Phrom Phong (exit 2). Walk to Soi 24 and take a taxi down Soi 24. Don’t go to soi 26 as it’s a one-way traffic system.
Mrs Balbir’s is an Indian Punjabi style restaurant that was established in 1975 and is still going strong today. The vegetarian owner Mrs Balbir is a world-renowned Indian chef and has her own cooking show Bombay Spice on local cable TV. The restaurant also runs a popular cooking school.
The restaurant has a bright classy contemporary style décor with high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass giving lots of natural light. The food is excellent though the menu isn’t as extensive as some sticking to the most popular Indian classics as well as incorporating some interesting experimental fusion dishes such as roti bruschetta, stuffed tomato curry, and chicken tikka masala pasta.
Main courses range from 150-420 baht and are good value considering the quality and the decent size portions. There are plenty of vegetarian choices and a full bar menu. Service is friendly and efficient.
Check the menu: http://www.mrsbalbirs.com/sukhumvit-soi-111-catagory/
There is also a daily set Thali lunch at 320 baht non-vegetarian and 280 baht vegetarian. The menu changes every day.
Thali lunch menu: http://www.mrsbalbirs.com/thali-set-lunch/
Mrs Balbir’s also has food court outlets around the city including Robinson at Sukhumvit 19, Central Silom Complex, Platinum Mall, MBK, and Central Plaza Rama 9, Central World, and Asiatique though the menu is more limited.
Mrs Balbir’s is a short walk from BTS Nana station at Sukhumvit Soi 11/1.
Location: 155/1-2 Sukhumvit Soi 11/1, Bangkok.
Opening Hours: 11.00-23.00 Tuesday-Sunday. Closed on Monday.
Getting There: BTS Nana (exit 3).
Indian Hut is an Indian restaurant serving excellent quality North Indian and Indian Chinese fusion cuisine. It was established in 1995 and is still going strong.
From the outside the first thing you notice is the logo with the hut bit conjuring up images of a certain pizza chain but once inside you notice how posh everything is from the classical European style décor with high ceilings, walls adorned with mirrors, Italian frescoes, carvings and a striking portrait of one of Thailand’s most loved ex monarchs King Rama V. Add to that the low key classical music, spotless white tablecloths, high backed chairs, and polite service and you realize that this is a classy restaurant.
The menu is extensive with all the usual Indian favorites as well as an unusual egg curry section and an extensive Indian-Chinese section with over 30 choices. There are a large vegetarian section and a full bar menu. Main courses run from 225-500 baht but are good value considering the quality of the food and how much something similar would cost in a western country.
Check the menu: http://www.indianhutbangkok.com
Indian Hut is in a quiet area at night but is popular without ever being too crowded and is a 10 minute walk or short taxi ride from many nearby hotels such as the Oriental, Shangri-La, Peninsula, Royal Sheraton, Lebua, and Holiday Inn and a good choice if you fancy a curry before heading to Maggie Choo’s or after watching the sunset at the Sky Bar.
Location: 414-420 Surawongse Road, Bangkok. (next to Manohra Hotel).
District: Silom- Riverside
Opening Hours: 11.00-23.00 daily.
Getting There: BTS Saphan Taksin (exit 3). Turn left onto Charoen Krung Road, continue and turn right into Surawongse road. Indian Hut is on the left just past the elevated tollway. A 15-minute walk.
Bombay Blues is an Indian Bar & Restaurant at the quiet end of Rambuttri Road near to where it meets Chao Far Road.
The whole restaurant is bathed in dim red lighting while seating consists of floor cushions and low tables making it a good place to chill out. There are air-conditioned dining lounges on the ground and first floors. An open-air upstairs balcony has great views of the street below. There are some outdoor Salas on the street opposite the restaurant.
A good bar is on the ground floor with a good selection of cocktails while big beers cost from 140 baht. There is an Indian food menu and the food is tasty though it’s not the best Indian food in Bangkok. Also, the dark lighting makes it difficult to see what you’re eating. Prices are reasonable for Khaosan. There is Western and Indian music with DJ’s at the weekend.
The crowd is mostly young travelers. You will have to remove your shoes before entering. Bring a plastic bag to put them in and take inside with you as a sign outside warns of theft. Good late night hang out for a drink or a late night curry.
Location: 51 Soi Rambuttri, off Chao Far Road, Banglamphu, Bangkok.
Opening Hours: 19.00-02.00 daily.
Getting There: Taxi or walk from Khaosan.
Dosa King is an excellent long-running (since 2002) Indian restaurant on Sukhumvit road serving tasty authentic Punjabi, and north and south Indian vegetarian food.
There are also vegan dishes which are specified on the menu. The 130 item menu is 100% vegetarian with appetizers, tikkas, dosas, curries, bread, rice, desserts, lassis, shakes, fresh juices, Indian tea, and coffee. Dosa King specializes in dosas which are a thin crispy pancake with filling. The restaurant does not serve alcohol. It is conveniently located a few minutes walk from BTS Nana station. Good staff and service.
Check the menu: http://dosaking.net/menu/
Location: 153/7 Sukhumvit Soi 11/1, Bangkok.
Opening Hours: 11.00-23.00 daily.
Getting There: BTS Nana (exit 3).