Sukhumvit Indian fave Rang Mahal fires up first tasting menu

Street (puffed rice, spiced yoghurt foam, beetroot reduction) at Rang Mahal. Photo: Coconuts Bangkok
Street (puffed rice, spiced yoghurt foam, beetroot reduction) at Rang Mahal. Photo: Coconuts Bangkok

A longtime Indian favorite is moving up to fine dining with a 26th-floor view.

While some foodies know Rang Mahal for its a la carte dishes or brunch teamup with Mexicano Restaurante Autentico, the two-decade-old restaurant recently launched its first tasting menu that puts a fine-dining twist on its usual fare with six courses created by chef Lukinder Patiyal.

Instead of labeling dishes “appetizers” or “main courses,” Rang Mahal dubs each on its tasking menu after their flavor sources and cooking styles. It starts with Street, a vivacious-looking dish of puffed rice surrounded by beetroot sauce. Do not let vibrant colors fool you: The first bite brings a surprisingly piquant delicacy thanks to the spiced yogurt foam stuffed inside. 

Street (puffed rice, spiced yoghurt foam, beetroot reduction) at Rang Mahal. Photo: Coconuts Bangkok

Another memorable dish is the seafood-focused Sea, in which a banana wrap unveils velvety chunks of snow fish with mustard sauce. The next serving is a hearty mid-dinner indulgence named after a Kerala-style curry, Moilee, where king prawn swims in a creamy coconut gravy to be eaten with chutney powder rice. 

Sea (snow fish, mustard, cucumber salad) at Rang Mahal. Photo: Coconuts Bangkok

While the former the seafood courses lean heavily into South Indian flavors, the menu veers northwest to the magical state of Rajasthan for Land, a Tandoori lamb chop served with crispy flakes and mashed potatoes on the side. The tasting menu ends with Sweet, a milk cake that’s delicate with the heady, fragrant flavor of saffron.

Land (lamb, mashed baby potato) at Rang Mahal. Photo: Coconuts Bangkok

The tasting menu is priced at THB1,999 per person and only available Thursday to Sunday. 

Rang Mahal is open from 6pm to 11pm every day on the 26th floor of Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok on Soi Sukhumvit 18.

Moilee (king prawn, coconut gravy, chutney powder rice) at Rang Mahal. Photo: Coconuts Bangkok
Sweet (milk cake and saffron) at Rang Mahal. Photo: Coconuts Bangkok
A view from Rang Mahal. Photo: Coconuts Bangkok
A view from Rang Mahal. Photo: Coconuts Bangkok

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