These days it seems many of Bangkok’s Indian restaurants, certainly those of a newer stripe, eschew old-style wet curries in favour of tandoor oven-grilled kebabs. Thankfully, Bawarchi at InterContinental Chidlom has remained true to its culinary roots. Although it tips its hat to the current zeitgeist (in recent years it adding a range of bite-sized, flavour-packed starters including tandoor-grilled offerings), the popular restaurant has retained a solid selection of mouth-watering traditional curry dishes guaranteed to delight both those with a healthy appetite and the nostalgic at heart.
The aforementioned starters are a fine overture. Accompanied by a selection of tangy chutneys, refreshing Masala Pappad (B110) is a soft corn cone-shaped poppadum stuffed with spice-dusted diced tomato and onion. Pappad Platter (B170), rice crackers served with four unique condiments comprising sago seed, beetroot, walnut, and raisin, is ideal for sharing. Then there is a succulent Tandoori King Prawn (B650) that almost pops on the tongue. Finally, the smoky-tangy flavours of Tandoori Malai Broccoli (B375), oven-grilled with cream cheese and decorated with flakes of edible silver, offset a fall-off-the-bone tender Tandoori Lamb Chop (B550) drizzled with an intensely rich reduction featuring 14 different spices. It is worth a visit to Bawarchi on its own.
In terms of main course, Butter Chicken (B400) comprises juicy pieces of chicken smothered in a creamy yet light tikka sauce. Lamb Rogan Josh (B490) is also a pleasure, cubes of succulent slow-cooked lamb steeped in a deliciously rich dark sauce packed with herbs and spices. It has a lovely lingering chilli burn, which is mitigated by the smooth flavour combination of spinach and cottage cheese in Saag Paneer (B375). A truly epicurean aspect of these dishes is being able to mop up their moreish sauces with fluffy olive-studded naan bread (B175) or chilli-encrusted Mirchi Paratha (B110) hot from the oven.
After such a filling repast, it might be difficult to think of dessert but those with room to spare can round off a gratifying meal with the sweet decadence of cognac-soaked Flambe Gulab Jamun (B190).
Level B Intercontinental Chitlom, 973 Ploenchit Rd
02 656 0383 | bawarchiindian.com | 11am-midnight