For our last night in Thailand, Keith made reservations at this progressive restaurant. Service was of high-quality, and we ordered a bottle of white wine to accompany our meal. The fun menu is inspired by seasonal ingredients and takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia.
We started with a series of "Bites" to be eaten with our hands. The Dewdrop was a cool explosion in the mouth that was sweet and refreshing.
Salli Boti was another oddity to me intense with Indian spices.
Uncooked Curry Cookie was a bit dry, but I think it was the chef's interpretation of American "cookie dough".
Papadum Uni was a beautiful little bite of puffed rice topped with a strawberry slice and some briny uni. I could have eaten many of these nibbles.
Foie Gras Sundae was the last of the little bites and a nice sweet and salty finish.
Charcoal - was a surprise dish that was presented under a glass full of smoke and ended up being a burnt fish croquette. It was interesting.
Magic Mushroom - forest mushrooms served in the shape of a log with edible soil. While I loved the mushroom flavor and the play on the garden and earth elements, the 'mushroom' skin was very chewy like taffy, and a little difficult to eat.
Red Matcha was a lovely 'tea ceremony' of fresh heirloom tomatoes. Were were instructed to eat the fresh tomatoes first, while the server poured the tea water - made from the tomato skins - into our bowls. We were then told to drink the water separately. This dish had a lot of nice flavor, and was a good transition to the following courses.
Co-created by Chef Goh - #Gohgan was a sake ice cream with miso caramel, grape snow, and spring fruits. It was Canada on a plate.
We ended our journey with Roots of Love - another collaboration desert with rose essence. It was like a little yogurt popsicle.
We had a great progressive Indian experience at Gaggan. The Chef came by a couple times to chat with the tables, which was a nice interpersonal way to demystify the allure of the line between art and cuisine.
Total Rating: 4.73
Food: 5, Price: 4.5, Service: 5, Ambience: 3.5, Accessibility: 4.5