INDIAN restaurant Maya doesn’t do ordinary. Sitting pretty on a cantilevered structure on the 29th floor of Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit (Sukhumvit Soi 22), the venue is practically floating – a design marvel taken full advantage of by floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views. Factor in the food – creative, exciting, delicious – and trendy décor – akin to a modern lounge bar – and there’s no wonder Maya’s considered one of the city's finest Indian restaurants.
The brainchild of Executive Sous Chef Hardip Bhatia, who hails from Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, the new menu features highlights such as Bharwan Tandoori Aloo (Potato shells stuffed with lightly spiced cottage cheese and nuts, skewered and crisped in the tandoor. B340); Paneer Cannelloni (Stuffed paneer kebab with spring vegetables, served with apple berry chutney. B380); and Murgh Gilafi Seekh Kebab (Delicate minced chicken blended with aromatic spices, skewered and coated with bell peppers and fresh coriander. B420).
Another delicious dish, perfect for sharing, is the Lahsooni Jhinga (Four tiger prawns marinated in garlic, roasted Indian spices and yogurt. B900).
For curries don’t miss the Peshawari Murgh Tikka (Boneless chicken marinated in Kashmiri chilies, mustard oil and fenugreek. B380); Nali Rogan Josh (Kashmiri-style whole lamb shank cooked overnight in fennel and ginger curry. B525); and the Dum Ka Murgh (Chicken cooked in almond & poppy seeds gravy flavored with saffron, mint and brown onions. B400).
For dessert, Dark Chocolate and Rasmalai Terrine (Rich dark chocolate mousse infused with sweetened cottage cheese. B200) is a must try, blending traditional Indian and European puddings to lip-smacking effect.
With a long list of creative cocktails, a reasonably priced wine list (bottles start at just B1,200), friendly service, and a DJ spinning atmospheric beats every night, Maya is also a great place to simply drop by for a drink. Catch a whiff of the irresistible aromas coming from the kitchen, though, and you’ll soon be placing an order.
Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit, 1 Sukhumvit Soi 22
Tel: 02 683 4888 www.holidayinn.com/hisukhumvit