Mon-Sun : 10:30am-10pm
1681 Ramkhamhaeng Rd Suan Luang Bangkok 10250
Barakat is an Arabic word that roughly translates to “a blessing that brings prosperity”.
We certainly felt blessed and prosperous as we dined in the opulent surroundings of the Barakat restaurant in the Al Meroz Hotel in Ramkhamhaeng. This stylish eatery has an unmistakable Islamic style while exuding a friendly welcome to people of all faiths.
Outlet manager Pattraporn Sabedah says the hotel was opened four years ago by the nearby Sophia halal restaurant’s owner, who noticed that customers from Malaysia and Indonesia were looking for a Muslim hotel.
“All our food is halal-certified. Barakat started as a Mediterranean restaurant but after one year we started offering modern Arabic and Indian food to cater to demand from our guests. Thai food is also available,” she says.
“Although we are a Muslim hotel with Islamic style, we welcome people from all over the world. Everyone is welcome.”
All kitchen and waiting staff at the Al Meroz Hotel are trained to observe the halal traditional lifestyle.
We took a trip to the Mediterranean with starters of Burata Cheese Salad (300 baht) and Crab Cakes (490 baht). The deliciously soft Italian cheese, mopped up with pita bread, came with rocket, tomato, avocado and balsamic vinegar. The crab cakes had a delightfully delicate taste of the sea.
Then we were off to India for the omnipresent Butter Chicken (380 baht), a piquant curry using chicken drumsticks. Any Indian will tell you that curries should always be cooked with bone-in meat for maximum flavor.
Executive sous chef Chalermpol Kunuthai advised us to try Lamb Biryani (280 baht), one of Barakat’s most popular dishes. We were glad he did. Mouthwatering pieces of lamb were hidden in the rice, while mint sauce helped to temper the dish’s spiciness.
“I learned about Indian food from other chefs. Thai people can be wary of Indian food because of the smell, but they usually love it when they try it,” Chalermpol says.
We headed west again for a delicious French-style dish of Salmon Sous-vide (580 baht), which featured a melt-in-the-mouth salmon steak served with rocket, avocado mousse and lemon sauce.
Baklava (220 baht) with ice cream (120 baht) provided a perfect ending to our feast. Baklava is found all over the Mediterranean and is made in various ways, but this version of the sweet pastry really hit the mark by not being cloyingly sweet.
I felt like asking for more.
Location: 4 Ramkhamhaeng 5 Alley, Al Meroz Hotel
Tel: 02 136 8700
Chimcard Offer: 25% off food
* Prices shown are subject to change