THE flagship branch of the popular Bawarchi Indian restaurant chain has always been a great place to enjoy an authentic Indian meal. The tandoori meats are succulent and tasty, and the curries, made using herbs and spices imported from Bawarchi’s very own spice factory in Delhi, are some of the best in town. Throw in the elegant décor, vibrant sights of the open kitchen, and live Indian music, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a dining experience that delights all of the senses.
The restaurant’s regular a la carte menu features the traditional Mughlai cuisine of North West India alongside a good selection of famous regional dishes (think Rogan Josh, Saag Paneer, Lamb Tikka Massala, and Tandoori chicken – all great options). There’s even a range of unique Thai-Indian fusion creations like Mango chicken curry to sink your teeth into.
The biggest draw at the moment though for serious Indian foodies are Bawarchi’s brand new special menus. Changing daily, they offer a range of Indian delicacies not listed on the a la carte menu and are a must try for anyone looking to experience Royal Indian cuisine at its best.
Kick-starting the week is Meaty Monday, which offers succulent selections such as Lamb chilli fry (B550++) and Prawn balchao curry (B675++). This is followed by Tomato Tuesday – offering dishes such as Tamatari paneer tikka (B375++) and Tomato garlic naan (B160++) – and Weddgi Wednesday, which is sure to delight vegetarians with its choices of Sabz-e-bahar from the Garden of Samraat Ashoka (B325++) and Silky kebab (B375++).
Food takes a back seat on Thirsty Thursday, when beers are buy-one-get-one-free (and also Sunday Sundaes, when the same deal applies to cocktails and martinis) but returns in style on Fishy Friday, with popular choices such as Tandoori salmon (B1,600++) and Prawn salt and pepper (B675++).
Capping the week’s special food menus is Sizzling Saturday, which lives up to its name by offering a selection of dishes served on red hot skillets, including a great Tawa Boti Masala (B575++).
As you’d expect from a superior dining experience, all food is served swiftly and efficiently and always arrives at the table piping hot; curries come in brass pots and are kept warm above candles, while tandoori skewers are served above burning coals. You can wash your food down with Indian tea and beers, or complete the fine dining experience by choosing from a good selection of international wines (starts at B1,200 per bottle; B350 per glass).
Bawarchi Chidlom, Intercontinental Hotel (President Tower Arcade) B-level, 973 Ploenchit Road
Tel: 02 656 0102-3 www.bawarchiindian.com