Maya Restaurant in Bangkok — Photo courtesy of Maya Thailand
Maya is the latest star on the ever-expanding Bangkok dining map, a fancy new Indian restaurant located on the 29th level of the new Holiday Inn on Sukhumvit Soi 22. The restaurant features a unique cantilevered structure looking out at the dazzling cityscape below. It has a total of three dining spaces on offer: an outdoor balcony, an indoor dining room and a comfy cigar lounge from which to take in the breathtaking surroundings.
The restaurant features an open kitchen with three giant tandoori ovens, and needless to say, the tandoori offerings are some of the restaurant's best, with standouts such as murgh chandi kebab - a chicken marinated in yoghurt, cardamom and mace - and makhani chooza - marinated boneless chicken leg simmered in a rich tomato and fenugreek gravy.
Gourmet Indian at Maya Restaurant — Photo courtesy of Maya Thailand
Other northern Indian-inspired hits include the Nawabbi chicken tikka salad, which has chicken tikka infused in Glenmorangie whiskey with rocket dressed in a balsamic honey reduction, and the succulent Kekda Kaali Mirch - soft shell crab dusted with black pepper, cooked in an onion and tomato reduction.
From the tandoori oven, besides the chicken kebabs, the Duet of Peshawari and Zafrani Paneer Tikka is another standout, comprised of yogurt and Peshawari spice-filled malai paneer, matched with saffron-infused paneer. There are also copper-pot-cooked curries to choose from, like the sea bass moilee, in which the fish is simmered in ginger-infused coconut milk, or the unique Lagan Ke Bater, made of quail slow cooked with almond and pistachio and seasoned with cardamom and saffron.
Dinner at Maya — Photo courtesy of Maya Thailand
The cocktail menu is just as innovative as the food, with Indian-inspired mixes dominating the long list. The vodka khatta pudina features vodka with guava juice and cumin, while the tamarind margarita combines triple sec, tequila, fresh orange juice, lime and tamarind pulp. Even more exotic is the That's The Way I Like It, which fuses aam panna (raw mango cooked with cumin) topped with vodka!
Throw in a large selection of fine wines, a DJ bar and some fine cigars and single malt whiskeys in the lounge, and you have all the makings of a great night out. There are also nightly and weekly specials, so it's best to check Maya's website and see what's on tap.
The Sunday brunch for 700 baht is a winner, as is the ladies' night on Wednesdays, with free flow sparkling wine from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Address: 29th Level, Holiday Inn Sukhumvit Soi 22