By Shruti Kothari
Uplift your evening with gourmet gastronomy, sleek surroundings and a stunning panorama of Bangkok’s cityscape at newly revamped Maya Restaurant and Bar.
While there is no shortage of Indian restaurants in our city, there are only a few that combine the sophistication of rooftop dining gastronomy, sleek surroundings and a stunning panorama of Bangkok’s Maya with the heart and flavour of authentic Indian cuisine given a fusion facelift. Maya Restaurant and Bar, located on the 29th floor of Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit, provides a striking setting for your evening, whether you are looking for a drinks and tapas date, a hearty family meal or a night out with your colleagues. The mouthwatering menu, revamped by Chef Hardip Bhatia after undergoing months of training with a two-star Michelin Chef, contains a variety of both small and large dishes to die for.
The dark wood fittings, Mashrabiya panelling and low-hanging chandeliers exude a Mughal-gothic energy balanced with high-ceilings and large windows for a lighter atmosphere. Between the outdoor area, swing seats, long tables, bar-side seating, private room and round tables, Maya is fully equipped to accommodate your vibe. Although the music starts with sensual lounge tunes, at 9pm the resident DJ transforms the space with party music that inspires patrons to wander over, drinks in hand, from their seats to the spacious dance floor.
Before your dishes even arrive, the anticipation is tantalising as you look through the glass panes of the kitchen and watch the highly-skilled chefs grill to perfection over beaten copper tandoors. Begin your evening with the sensational Agra samosa chaat (B300), where the crumbly potato-stuffed pastries are served on a bed of tempered chickpeas for a euphoric combination of textures and flavours. Definitely don’t miss the Naan salad (B350), where tangy rocket leaves, fresh dried tomatoes and pine nuts are arranged on crispy Indian flatbread, topped off with a creamy globe of premium fresh mozzarella in a perfect marriage of cultures.
Another excellent starter is the fusion interpretation of the classic Indian street snack, Avocado papri chaat (B175). The crunchy wheat base is a blissful vehicle for the buttery smooth avocado brought to life with yoghurt, tamarind and mint chutney. If you are seeking a small, meaty bite, the Seekh kebab (B420), a robust mix of lamb mince and soft cheese will satiate your palate and leave you wanting more. For an elegant seafood affair, select the Panch phoron scallops (B500) featuring pan-seared saltwater clams balanced with a delicate truffle-scented cauliflower mash.
When you are ready for something more substantive, turn towards the mouthwatering Dal Makhani (B275) which is simmered overnight so the silky black lentils can fully absorb the flavours of the tomato and garlic. If you are craving something sweeter, try the Ripe mango curry (B350), a luscious dish spiced with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
For more carnivorous diners, the succulent Tandoori lamb chops (B600) are augmented with a zesty mustard potato mash and a mild korma sauce. The dish is served with crispy lamb parcels for some gourmet flair. The Chili garlic marinated seabass (B550) pairs the flaky fish with flattened rice and spinach moilee for a mela of colours and flavours.
The snazzy beats, sultry décor and sweeping views at Maya create the perfect venue for some alcoholic enhancement, whether it’s after work, over dinner or a nighttime tipple to end your evening with élan. The Tamarind margarita (B295), one of Maya’s signature cocktails, blends triple sec and tequila with fresh lime, orange and tamarind pulp for a sweet-and-sour flavour fiesta. If you fancy a tropical classic, the Blue Hawaii (B295) combines white rum and Malibu with Blue Curacao and some punchy pineapple juice for a truly moreish mouthful.
The extensive wine list provides a plethora of options for even the most discerning experts. Ladies will be happy to know that Maya is the perfect Wednesday night venue. After all, what is more fun than a free-flow? Each woman who spends more than B400++ on Chef Hardip’s delectable cuisine is treated to bottomless Prosecco for an experience that is both lavish and pocket-friendly.
However, one drink I cannot recommend enough to end the evening is the humble Masala Tea (B110). The warming blend of hot milk and spice will transport you
straight back to the motherland.
MAYA RESTAURANT AND BAR
29th floor, Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit
1 Sukhumvit Soi 22,
Open daily from 5pm to 1am, and from 11.30am to 3pm for Sunday brunch
Tel: 02 683 4888