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World’s 50 Best Restaurants places Bangkok's “Gaggan” at No.5

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World’s 50 Best Restaurants places Bangkok's “Gaggan” at No.5

 

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BANGKOK, 20 June 2018 (NNT) - Progressive Indian restaurant “Gaggan”, on Bangkok’s Langsuan Road, has been ranked fifth on this year’s World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards, with Thai restaurant “Nahm” in Bangkok’s Metropolitan Hotel coming in at 49th. 

The World's 50 Best Restaurants this year gave first place to “Osteria Francescana” in Modena, Italy, managed by Chef Massimo Bottura. His use of local materials has become a favorite among enthusiasts looking to experience traditional Italian flavors. It is the second time the restaurant has received the award, the first being back in 2016. 

Second place went to “El Celler de Can Roca” in Girona, Spain, which is famous for its desserts, wines and beverages. This restaurant took the top spot twice in 2013 and 2015. 

Third place this year went to “Mirazur” in Menton, France.

 
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Congratulations.

Strange name though. Probably meant to be pronounced differently than it appears.

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Not an appealing name and I'd take home cooked food anyday.

 

 

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15 hours ago, canuckamuck said:

Congratulations.

Strange name though. Probably meant to be pronounced differently than it appears.

 

4 hours ago, Justfine said:

Not an appealing name and I'd take home cooked food anyday.

 

Its the Chefs name, why is it such a big problem? There are countless michelin star European chefs with restaurant name after themselves which most asians can't pronounce too!

 

 

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I remain mystified as to why this restaurant continues to attract accolades.  Many of the dishes are poorly thought out (e.g. putting uni with a granita which totally kills the taste of the uni), poorly executed ("sushi" with fish full of chewy bits and inexpertly cut), and plain difficult to eat (things that collapse whilst you pick them from plate to mouth, or are two large to eat in one bite, and then collapse as one takes a bite).  Gaggan himself also ruins some of the surprises by, for example, telling you what's in the mysterious black sphere before you eat it.  A number of the dishes are unpalatable for Asians (e.g. watermelon with blue cheese, and my partner was only able to eat a couple of spoonfuls of the chawanmushi/crab curry/rice monstrosity before rushing to the toilet).

 

I could write about the poor hygiene, the run down infrastructure, the snooty sommelier, the arrogant and offensive Gaggan, or how queasy I felt after finishing the meal, but that's enough for now.

 

When it comes to Michelin star restaurants in Bangkok, I'd be very happy to go back to Upstairs Restaurant, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Savelberg, Nahm, Sra Bua or Le Normandie.  Gaggan - never.

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5 minutes ago, Oxx said:

I remain mystified as to why this restaurant continues to attract accolades.  Many of the dishes are poorly thought out (e.g. putting uni with a granita which totally kills the taste of the uni), poorly executed ("sushi" with fish full of chewy bits and inexpertly cut), and plain difficult to eat (things that collapse whilst you pick them from plate to mouth, or are two large to eat in one bite, and then collapse as one takes a bite).  Gaggan himself also ruins some of the surprises by, for example, telling you what's in the mysterious black sphere before you eat it.  A number of the dishes are unpalatable for Asians (e.g. watermelon with blue cheese, and my partner was only able to eat a couple of spoonfuls of the chawanmushi/crab curry/rice monstrosity before rushing to the toilet).

 

I could write about the poor hygiene, the run down infrastructure, the snooty sommelier, the arrogant and offensive Gaggan, or how queasy I felt after finishing the meal, but that's enough for now.

 

When it comes to Michelin star restaurants in Bangkok, I'd be very happy to go back to Upstairs Restaurant, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Savelberg, Nahm, Sra Bua or Le Normandie.  Gaggan - never.

 

You do realise that in Thailand saying such derogatory things about a business could get you taken to court for damaging its reputation - even though every word you write might be true. And you would lose.

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7 minutes ago, Oxx said:

I remain mystified as to why this restaurant continues to attract accolades.  Many of the dishes are poorly thought out (e.g. putting uni with a granita which totally kills the taste of the uni), poorly executed ("sushi" with fish full of chewy bits and inexpertly cut), and plain difficult to eat (things that collapse whilst you pick them from plate to mouth, or are two large to eat in one bite, and then collapse as one takes a bite).  Gaggan himself also ruins some of the surprises by, for example, telling you what's in the mysterious black sphere before you eat it.  A number of the dishes are unpalatable for Asians (e.g. watermelon with blue cheese, and my partner was only able to eat a couple of spoonfuls of the chawanmushi/crab curry/rice monstrosity before rushing to the toilet).

 

I could write about the poor hygiene, the run down infrastructure, the snooty sommelier, the arrogant and offensive Gaggan, or how queasy I felt after finishing the meal, but that's enough for now.

 

When it comes to Michelin star restaurants in Bangkok, I'd be very happy to go back to Upstairs Restaurant, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Savelberg, Nahm, Sra Bua or Le Normandie.  Gaggan - never.

Why are you holding back. Tell it like it is.

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16 hours ago, observer90210 said:

The food is no doubt up to the standards, but one just cannot accept the top level restaurants in Bangkok to play it jet set and start selling their food at similar prices as abroad.

 

Considering the labour costs and rents are much lower in Thailand then abroad,  I feel that I am being taken for a ride with the overcharged price tags in Bangkok Michelin standard, restaurants.

 

No matter what could be the argument, a restaurant owner on the french riviera say on the glitterati  Côte d'Azur or  Monaco, will not have the same taxes and expenses as the restaurant owner in Bangkok.

Especially when you take into account both wine service, and wine prices. I was recently with a group of friends, and we wanted to order a bottle of wine, at of one of those high end restaurants in the EmQuartier complex. It was Bella Rocca Restaurant. I asked about a 2011 Chianti they had on the list. I was told they were out of stock. I asked about a Barbaresco, at 2,600 baht. Again, out of stock. How about this Nebbiolo? Do you have the 2010, as stated on the list? No, we only have the 2015. OK, what is that wine like? Is it drinking well now? I do not know. Is there anyone here that is familiar with this wine list? No. Sorry sir. Wait a minute. You have 100 bottles on this list, ranging from 1200 baht to 10,000 baht per bottle, and NOBODY who works here knows anything about the wine? Are you serious? We all just looked at each other, and got up and walked out. We realized the restaurant was a pretender. And more than likely the food was marginal at best. It was all dressed up to look like a very nice Italian restaurant. But, it appeared to be only window dressing. High end tourists have little patience for that lack of quality and lack of service. 

But again, the lack of vision, combined with a naive, surly, silly, churlish, and ignorant sense of nationalism, bites the country in the butt. And again, who is the loser? The Thai people. 

The entire country is suffering from declining Western tourism. And that will not change. It is a permanent declining trend.

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Bangkok is too hot for drinking red wine. You drink quality red wines in cold climates.

 

And nobody goes to Thailand for wine.

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Second place went to “El Celler de Can Roca” in Girona, Spain, which is famous for its desserts, wines and beverages. This restaurant took the top spot twice in 2013 and 2015. 
 

One of my closest friends has done very well in commercial real estate development. He ate at Can Roca recently. It took him four months of so, to get a booking for a set lunch. He said the food was very good, but he was blown away by the wine pairings. He said even though many of the selections were not great wines, the pairings were so perfect, it kind of blew his mind. And he is a big wine guy. 

 

Here is some info I found on the pricing:

 

The 2016 "Menú Degustació de Clàssics" at el Celler was €180. For those having the different glasses of wine to match the food you'd have to add €55. This option consists of 17 small appetizers and 7 main dishes.

 

The 2016 "Menú Degustació Festival" was €195, plus €90 for the wines. This one includes 17 appetizers and 14 main dishes.

 

I'm not sure if they have changed any of this for 2017, but you get the idea.

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5 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

Especially when you take into account both wine service, and wine prices. I was recently with a group of friends, and we wanted to order a bottle of wine, at of one of those high end restaurants in the EmQuartier complex. It was Bella Rocca Restaurant. I asked about a 2011 Chianti they had on the list. I was told they were out of stock. I asked about a Barbaresco, at 2,600 baht. Again, out of stock. How about this Nebbiolo? Do you have the 2010, as stated on the list? No, we only have the 2015. OK, what is that wine like? Is it drinking well now? I do not know. Is there anyone here that is familiar with this wine list? No. Sorry sir. Wait a minute. You have 100 bottles on this list, ranging from 1200 baht to 10,000 baht per bottle, and NOBODY who works here knows anything about the wine? Are you serious? We all just looked at each other, and got up and walked out. We realized the restaurant was a pretender. And more than likely the food was marginal at best. It was all dressed up to look like a very nice Italian restaurant. But, it appeared to be only window dressing. High end tourists have little patience for that lack of quality and lack of service. 

But again, the lack of vision, combined with a naive, surly, silly, churlish, and ignorant sense of nationalism, bites the country in the butt. And again, who is the loser? The Thai people. 

The entire country is suffering from declining Western tourism. And that will not change. It is a permanent declining trend.

 

It isn't unusual to find First World prices with Third World service standards in Thailand.

 

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16 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

Especially when you take into account both wine service, and wine prices. I was recently with a group of friends, and we wanted to order a bottle of wine, at of one of those high end restaurants in the EmQuartier complex. It was Bella Rocca Restaurant. I asked about a 2011 Chianti they had on the list. I was told they were out of stock. I asked about a Barbaresco, at 2,600 baht. Again, out of stock. How about this Nebbiolo? Do you have the 2010, as stated on the list? No, we only have the 2015. OK, what is that wine like? Is it drinking well now? I do not know. Is there anyone here that is familiar with this wine list? No. Sorry sir. Wait a minute. You have 100 bottles on this list, ranging from 1200 baht to 10,000 baht per bottle, and NOBODY who works here knows anything about the wine? Are you serious? We all just looked at each other, and got up and walked out. We realized the restaurant was a pretender. And more than likely the food was marginal at best. It was all dressed up to look like a very nice Italian restaurant. But, it appeared to be only window dressing. High end tourists have little patience for that lack of quality and lack of service. 

But again, the lack of vision, combined with a naive, surly, silly, churlish, and ignorant sense of nationalism, bites the country in the butt. And again, who is the loser? The Thai people. 

The entire country is suffering from declining Western tourism. And that will not change. It is a permanent declining trend.

I'm more surprised you bothered to ask those questions. The waiter was probably working at 7/11 a week ago. 

It will never effect tourist as you say. Why? Because it's ALWAYS been this way. TIT 

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