Friday, April 15, 2011

Masala Art - Fine Indian Cuisine

Location: Thonglor Eight Building - 88, Thonglor Soi 8, 2nd Floor, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand
Hours of Operation: Every Day, 11:00AM - 3:00PM, 6:00PM - 10:30PM
Phone: 02-713-8357-58, 08-63188768
Rating: 5/5

This is the "GoTo" place when in Bangkok, Thailand. 

I love Indian food, from New York to everywhere around the world. Living in Bangkok for many years, I have tried many Indian restaurants throughout the city and by far Masala Art is my "Go-to" place for the finest Indian food in Bangkok.

My family and I were very fortunate to find Masala Art by a chance visit to Thonglor 8. We didn't know what to expect, but after tasting the food and experiencing the excellent service and attention to detail we were hooked! That was about 2 years ago. Now when I venture out to any other Indian restaurant I quickly miss the fine flavors of Masala Art. Before Masala Art, we used to frequent Rang Mahal but we are so happy to have found Masala Art because the flavors and attention to detail just blows all other Indian food away.

Until the day I find a finer Indian food establishment, Masala Art is the finest in our minds.

Recommended dishes:
- Tandoori Chicken (Soft, tender, succulent and lots and lots of flavor unlike other places which tend to be milder and other places too dry)
- Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken) - Our family's favorite. We always order this dish. You just have to try it. So velvety smooth, with excellent flavors and tender pieces of boneless chicken.
- Bhindi Masala - Okra - Very tasty and well seasoned. Very good
- Achari Jhinga - Grilled Jumbo Prawns. Love it.
- Kashmiri Roganjosh - (Lamb), so rich in smooth flavors
- Any of the Biryanis are excellent (Indian Fried rice)
- Naan - Our favorite is the Garlic Naan

The Mango Laasi! Best one I have had to date. Period!

Service here is excellent. It can be a bit slow when crowded, but what do you expect when you want perfection? They use the finest and best ingredients and you can tell when the food touches your tongue.

Masala Art is currently my favorite restaurant in the World for the past 2 years. That is a bold statement indeed, but I have tried many other places and as of our visit yesterday to Masala Art nothing still compares.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hung-Sen (หุง-เส้น)

Location: CentralWorld, 3rd Floor, Balcony Zone, Bangkok, Thailand
Hours of Operation: Mon - Sun, 10:30am - 10pm
Phone: 02-613-1535
Rating: 5/5

What a gem of a find.  Aey and I just happen to stumble upon this place based solely on a single picture.  A picture ad of a bowl of Khao Soi at Hung-Sen on a sign board as we walked around Central World.  The picture of the Khao Soi looked so good and the fact that we just got back from Chiang Mai, boy was I hankering for some good Khao Soi.  So far we've had only mediocre Khao Soi in Bangkok, some better than others but nothing great.  That is until now.

The Khai Soi (chicken - gai) at Hung-Sen was a definite hit!  It was creamy, hearty, full of flavor and spices. The chicken (drumstick) was free of that undesirable "low-grade/unfresh chicken taste". The chicken meat was so tender it almost fell off the bone. The wide yellow noodles were al dente; I am definitely not a fan of soggy noodles.  Accompanied with pickled cabbage, shallots, lime and nam phrik phao (fried chili) this delightful meal is what one needs to satisfy cravings for Khao Soi.

Khao Soi as defined by Wikipedia

On top of that they also serve O-liang (Thai Black Iced Coffee)!  What?  Yes they do and yes I am in heaven!

Next up was the Som Tum with pickled crabs and naem (fermented pork sausage).  Served with pickled cabbage, devilish pork cracklings, thai spaghetti and fresh mint leaves.  Awesome.  Not too sweet, just right the right combination of sweetness, sourness and savoriness.  Not that spicy.  Just refreshingly good.

Third dish was the Yellow noodles with  Grilled Kurobuta Pork, Chinese Broccoli and Chili sauce.  The Grilled Kurobuta Pork was so tender and tasty.  Mix in the chili sauce, stir and you have the makings of another solid dish.

I highly recommend Hung-Sen and will definitely be back.  A definite fan!