Masala Magic: The Best Indian Restaurants to Try Out in Bangkok

While those looking for authentic cheap Indian street eats in Bangkok head for Pahurat, near Chinatown, often referred to as Little India, or else to the heavily Indian populated area of the Pratunam Market, where there are hundreds of Indian restaurants, there are actually far more interesting and delectable options, almost rivalling Italian or French cuisine in the City of Angels. Gaggan, often tagged as "molecular masala," won the Best Restaurant in Asia Award for 2015. Other elegant and truly high end Indian choices include the stylish Indus, Maya, the opulent Rang Mahal in the Rembrandt Hotel, and much faved Bawarchi, with its mix of fusion and traditional dishes. Also joining the list is The Great Kebab Factory, where they do some 450 different types of kebabs. For something a bit more down to earth and traditional, try Royal india, or Indian Hut, which despite its Pizza Hut similar appearance, actually is a fine dining Indian spot that has been pleasing the customers for years. For home cooking style or southern Indian treats like masala dosas or sambhar iddly, make sure to pay a visit to Shree Ganesh. The range of curries, dal, traditional sweets, and more is pretty amazing in Bangkok, and it's hard to select just one place for a meal. 

Chennai Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Dave Stambouli

Chennai Kitchen is another one of these delightful hole in the wall eateries with excellent southern Indian cooking and is tiny and intimate enough that it feels as if one is eating in someone's home. The food is very authentic, with the...  Read More

Some people wont go near this place, and others who have discovered it via guidebooks often turn and walk the other way as if they have made a mistake. Set in a dark and dingy alleyway with a few dozen rats guaranteed to be running around, this...  Read More

Upscale Indian food with a view is what the striking new Maya is all about. Located up on the 29th level of the Holiday Inn on Sukhumvit Soi 22, Maya is housed in a unique cantilevered structure looking out at the dazzling cityscape. There is an...  Read More

Shree Ganesh
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Getting tired of all the heavy sauce rich northern Indian cooking that seems to be the Bangkok subcontinent norm? Make your way over to this tucked away little southern Indian food haven on Sukhumvit. This hole in the wall dishes up excellent...  Read More

Indian Hut has been around since 1995, occupying a cozy spot on Surawongse in the heart of the gems and jewellery district. Large glass windows give off prime street watching views, and the restaurant has stylish white plush armchairs set around...  Read More

Rang Mahal
Photo courtesy of courtesy of Rang Mahal

Expensive and fashionable, Rang Mahal is the Indian place to take a date to impress. Located in the chic Rembrandt Hotel with great views over Bangkok, you'll feel like you are dining in the time of the Raj here, surrounded by divans, cushions...  Read More

While it might seem like a kebab lover's dream to sample 450 different kind of kebabs under one roof, the arrival of the popular Indian franchise The Great Kabab Factory in Bangkok is no fantasy. This well done spot in the Majestic Grand Hotel...  Read More

Photo courtesy of courtesy of Indus restaurant

With one of the nicest restaurant decors in Bangkok and great food to boot, Indus keeps visitors coming back time after time. Inspired by an Indus Valley maharajah's palace, sandstone bricks and and Rajasthan tapestries line the inside of this...  Read More

While Indian restaurants abound in Bangkok, finding any to dine in style in can be a tougher chore. Not only does Bawarchi serve up some of the city's finest Northern Indian cuisine, it also does so with some incredible twists on age old...  Read More

Photo courtesy of courtesy of Gaggan

While some say that Gaggan isn't really Indian, and some call it "molecular masala," this award winning "Top 50 restaurants in Asia" winner is certainly worth experiencing. This snazzy restaurant started by Gaggan Anand, the Kolkata native who...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle...  More About Dave

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