Masala embarks on a culinary journey through the North Indian state of Uttarakhand and beyond at the Indian Indulgence Food Festival held at The Glass House in Eastin Hotel Makkasan Bangkok.
Located in the heart of Bangkok’s commercial district is Eastin Hotel Makkasan Bangkok’s popular dining venue, The Glass House restaurant. The contemporary eatery was host to the Indian Indulgence Food Festival, a culinary celebration that took place last month, boasting an all you can eat buﬀet oﬀering a wide variety of international dishes. Although the delectable festival is no longer available, diners can still enjoy similar ﬂavours at the restaurant dinner buﬀet, available on weekends.
The restaurant’s tasteful interiors highlight the modern open kitchen, while the ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows provide dramatic views of the city’s vibrant skyline. With plenty of seating options from tables and chairs to cosy sofa booths, the spacious venue combines local and Western inﬂuences to create a stylish establishment that exudes subtle sophistication.
With a wide variety of cuisine, there is something that appeals to all tastes. Fans of seafood will ﬁnd fresh produce in abundant quantities, cooked in a variety of styles including Continental and Japanese. There is also no shortage of ﬁne Thai curries for anyone looking to get a taste of local ﬂavours. However for this occasion, the talented culinary team, spearheaded by celebrated chef Manoj Singh, presented us with the best of traditional Indian cuisine in a decadent buﬀet, priced at B999 per person.
We began the meal with Tawa ﬁsh, which is known as the comfort food of Uttarakhand. The dish comprised of succulent ﬁsh which were fried to golden perfection for a crispy outside and juicy inside. These bite-sized treats were packed with savoury goodness, and presented an even bigger punch when dipped into the ﬂavourful chutneys.
For our mains we decided that nothing beats the classic Dal makhani. As the name suggests, this staple Indian curry is extremely rich and had a subtle smoky ﬂavour. The dish is made with whole black lentils, red kidney beans and lots of butter and cream, to create a smooth velvety texture that is absolutely delicious when eaten with Vegetarian pulao, a mildly spiced dish.
Next, we opted for another creamy staple from India, Murg makhanwala which translates to Butter Chicken. The dish is made up of tender pieces of chicken breast that are spiced to perfection and cooked in a piquant yet slightly sweet curry. An instant favourite!
Additionally, the buﬀet also has a selection of vegetarian dishes, including the mouth-watering Paneer butter masala. The creaminess of the tomato gravy combined with the subtle taste of soft paneer, balances out the sharpness from the spices to create a well-rounded dish. Served with crunchy yet soft Lachha paratha, this curry is irresistible for anyone who loves cottage cheese.
Lastly, we tried the robust Gosht rogan josh. This dish from the Kashmir region is prepared with juicy cuts of lamb, aromatic spices and tangy curd, all cooked together to create a ﬁery and delicious combination. The deep red gravy is packed with complex ﬂavours, a testament to why the dish is recognised as one of India’s most popular.
For diners with a sweet-tooth, the dessert bar pays homage to all things decadent including an inviting fountain of chocolate, bite-sized cakes and tarts, spongey muﬃns, delicate macarons, and a selection of ice cream with a variety of fun toppings.
We decided to try the Matcha ice cream, which was rich in ﬂavour but light in texture, making it an ideal summer treat. We also tried Seviyan, a traditional dessert made of roasted vermicelli noodles ﬂavoured with cardamom, garnished with chopped nuts, and served with a rich and sweet pudding. The perfect ending to a hearty meal.
THE GLASS HOUSE RESTAURANT
7th ﬂ oor, Eastin Makkasan Hotel Bangkok
1091/343 New Petchburi Road, Makkasan, Rajthevee, Bangkok, 10400 Thailand
Buﬀet dinner is available on Fridays and Saturdays from 6.30pm to 10pm
Tel. 02 651 7600