Mon-thu : 5pm-11pm Fri-Sun : 11:30am-3pm / 6pm-11pm
265/2 Soi Sukhumvit 31 Khlong Toei Watthana Bangkok 10110
When Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula, the ruler of Lucknow in India in the late 18th century, lost his teeth, he had a problem chewing his favourite lamb kebabs, so his chefs were ordered to come up with a very finely minced version.
The melt-in-the-mouth kebabs that he enjoyed live on in Bangkok today thanks to the innovative chefs at Kebabs & Kurries, a stylish modern restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 31.
Lucknow Ki Shahi Galauti (490 baht), served on saffron bread, was a little too spicy for our delicate farang palates, but manager Ankit Srivastava came to our rescue by suggesting we add some mint and tamarind sauces. “You are always learning with Indian food,” he said. He was right: the sauces made all the difference and created a taste sensation.
Kebabs & Kurries, which was opened about a year ago by a Singaporean restaurateur, focuses on northern Indian cuisine with an emphasis on tandoori dishes and kebabs.
We could not resist the Kebab Platter (700 baht), a mouthwatering selection of chicken tikka, malai chicken tikka, mutton seekh kebab and fish tikka. They were all delicious but my favourite was the delicately spiced salmon in the fish tikka.
Mughalai Gosht Biryani (450 baht), comprising basmati rice and lamb cooked in a sealed earthen pot and flavoured with mint, fried onions and saffron, was so good that I greedily ate all the lamb before my dining partner could get to it.
In any case, he was busy with two curries — the ever-popular Butter Chicken (350 baht) and Madras Fish Curry (320 baht) — that were the perfect complement for the rice dish. The former, finished with butter and cream, is not for those counting calories, but the charcoal-smoked chicken was very satisfying. The spicy sauce didn’t overwhelm the dory in the lovely fish curry.
We also tucked into crispy garlic naan (90 baht) before finishing our feast with Indian ice cream (140 baht), which arrived in a puff of smoke created by dry ice.
Manager Ankit, who is one of five staff who used to work at the now-closed Great Kabab Factory in Sukhumvit Soi 2, said Kebabs & Kurries has nine chefs who are all specialists in one aspect of Indian cuisine.
“Our priority is to cook everything fresh each day and we use only the best ingredients,” he said. “I believe that quality will always come through. When people try our food, they are always impressed. We are now getting regular customers.”
Location: Sukhumvit Soi 31
Tel: 02 077 7274
Opening Hours: 17.00 - 23.00 (Mon to Thurs) 11.30-15.00, 18.00 - 23.00 (Fri to Sat)
Chimcard Offer: 15% off Total Bill
* Prices Shown may be subject to change