Thursday, January 25, 2018

Gaggan

This is one long post - be prepared. 25 courses and here is the menu, pretty creative I would say. We dined sometime in Nov 2017, some of the items may have already been replaced.

We had the organic wine as recommended by the sommelier. Not going in details yet about the unprofessional sommelier. I did not enjoy the recommendation as much to be honest, the wine just did not appeal. He poured our first glass of wine and stained the table cloth. Isn't that a very rookie mistake no sommeliers can/should ever do? I had to use the bottle to cover it, can you beat that. You can clearly see it beneath the bottle and the stain on the right of the bottle, regardless of how I have tried to cover it. Completely unapologetic sommelier, great way to start our dinner.

Pink elder flower watermelon

My thoughts: Cold dish, somewhat refreshing Indian spices with fruits and floral taste.
Verdict: Not bad

Yogurt explosion

My thoughts: Yogurt and Indian spices, not much difference if you drink it from a glass. The unique point is that it pops.
Verdict: Not bad

Lick it up - mushroom peas

My thoughts: You have to literally lick the plate from bottom to the top. They played the "Lick It Up" song to go with the dish, but no it wasn't a pleasant experience even though some people thought it was "fun". I don't see how fun this is, no table manners more like it. It wasn't just the whole licking idea, but it just did not taste good.
Verdict: Fail

Tom yum kung

My thoughts: Fried prawn head with cold tom yum ice cream paste; tried too hard... It was just so weird to have cold tom yum. The prawn head was too hard by then, only some parts of it were crispy.
Verdict: Fail

Goat brain - Flower Power

My thoughts: Crispy and oily cookie. That is about it... What goat brain again?
Verdict: Fail

Eggplant cookie

My thoughts: Literally meringue like texture with eggplant and very strong curry leaf flavour
Verdict: Mediocre

Chilly bon bon

My thoughts: A little ball that pops raw chilli juice out, which is honestly disgusting to the maximum like seriously why not just do a cold pressed chilli juice with water
Verdict: Fail

Idly sambhar

My thoughts: Just idly served in a form of a bite. Nothing special at all
Verdict: Mediocre

Banana chicken liver

My thoughts: I could definitely taste the liver, the combination was rather odd, fairly acceptable
Verdict: Mediocre



My thoughts: Probably one of the worst ones in the entire list. Granola wasn't too bad but mixing it with fish is just EW. If you have tried Scott's Emulsion Cod Liver Oil (the white-ish version).. It's basically the SAME crappy fishy taste plus granola. Totally inedible, disgustingly inedible...
Verdict: FAIL.

Gin tonic cucumber uni

My thoughts: My partner did not want to have uni so I had to ask them to substitute. They did not inform us in advance what was the substitute just to "keep the surprise going", but certainly did not meet the expectations. They replaced it with sweet potato puree, that's clearly the vegetarian option. Can they be any lazier? You should replace something that is on par with uni, not some cheap lazy sweet potato. Also, what gin and what tonic? The combination was just horrible I threw the cone away. Poor uni just got wasted.
Verdict: Fail.

Chutoro sushi

My thoughts: Overly salted piece of otoro served on a little meringue biscuit. What a waste of otoro....
Verdict: Mediocre

Foie gras yuzu carrot

My thoughts: A small piece of waffle with pate like texture in the middle. Was it amazing? No, don't try to be like duck and waffle where you think every salty and savoury bit will taste good. It doesn't
Verdict: Fail

Green vegetable matcha

It's green to mask green tea, but none of it is matcha. It looks like matcha but it is not meant to taste like it.

My thoughts: Looks alright? But tastes like crap. Vegetable juice plus Indian herbs is the best way to describe this green nonsense
Verdict: Fail

Pork Vindalo

My thoughts: Just a piece of fried pork. Like pulled pork covered with a thin layer of batter. Err? What is so special about it again?
Verdict: Mediocre

Scallop uncooked curry

My thoughts: A wasted piece of scallop to mix with overly used Indian herbs
Verdict: Fail

Sheek Kebab with mango chutney

My thoughts: Wrap the jelly leaf with the kebab. It was so horrible I almost vomitted the last course out. I have eaten bad kebab in my life and this is one of it - so very gamey it stinks. Fine dining establishments serving these sort of quality makes me wonder where did he pick this useless piece of meat from? It's completely inedible!
Verdict: Fail

Thai green curry

My thoughts: Dehydrated chicken shit with a few overly spicy green curry dots on it... It's literally trying too hard to impress - why innovate so hard but the end product doesn't taste good?
Verdict: Fail

Seabass with bengali mustard

My thoughts: Another failure - the fish is steamed before wrapping with the leave. The fire to burn it is just a "show" to make them look innovative. Your piece of fish is supposed to smell of the oak-wood kind of smell but no, to be frank, a piece of steamed fish is just a piece of steamed fish and it's bland. This is supposed to be a show to impress, but it did not leave an impression because it's tasteless
Verdict: Fail

Charcoal with lotus stem

My thoughts: One of the okay ones - the the chopped lotus stem is somewhat crispy which made it fun to bite
Verdict: Mediocre

Lobster dosa

My thoughts: The Indian dosa / pancake which is too soft. The moment you pick it up, everything falls apart. Who the hell wants something that falls all over the place? Also, the curry was way too spicy for me. Coming from one who eats chilli padi from time to time.
Verdict: Fail

Beetroot rose

My thoughts: Cookie with shredded beetroot and decorated with powder. This is what I call trying to be creative but it's plain lazy. Cookie and beetroot slices, really?
Verdict: Fail

Milk cake with riesling muscat

My thoughts: Looks so beautiful but, the moment one chews on it, the outer layer has this milky rubbery crap that sticks to the teeth. It does not taste good, despite having a very beautiful outer layer
Verdict: Fail

Mango saffron ghewar

My thoughts: One of the better desserts. Like a mango pie
Verdict: Mediocre

Lemon cheesecake

My thoughts: Again, pretty stuff with no substance. It tastes alright, just a pretty version of lemon cheesecake - minus the looks it tastes just like any other lemon cheesecake
Verdict: Mediocre


There were definitely more misses than hits over the 25 courses. Gaggan cares more about the process to create the food and the presentation more than the actual taste of the food. That was the conclusion of this meal. Was it worth the THB5k per person before tax? Certainly not. On top of that, the sommelier definitely did not live up to standards - he needs to go back for basic training, on how not to spill wine when pouring. Also, learn how to apologise when wine is split on the table cloth. The ambience wasn't great either - our seats were so hot I was literally sweating. Nothing seems to be good that night - from food to drinks, to service and all, except for my companion for the night, phew. :)

Gaggan
68/1 Soi Langsuan,
Ploenchit Road Lumpini
Khet Pathum Wan
10330 Bangkok
Thailand
+662.652.1700
Opening Hours 
Daily 6pm - 11pm
Gaggan's Page

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