You know an Indian restaurant in the middle of Bangkok is going to be good if you walk in and it’s full of Indian people. That was exactly the case at Bukhara’s – every table was taken up by Indian families.
Now, to me, that’s a pretty good reflection on the quality and authenticity of the Indian dishes. So as I took my seat, I was pretty hopeful of some decent sub-continent grub.
Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed, though there were some areas where Bukhara’s Indian restaurant could improve.
Let’s start off with the positives.
Bukhara’s is easy to find. It’s a one minute walk from BTS Nana on lower Sukhumvit Road in the heart of Bangkok’s nightlife area. This makes it perfect for eating then heading on to nearby bars for drinks, music, dancing and adult entertainment, if that’s your thing.
Bukhara’s is also clean and decorated authetically with Indian items and art. This makes the world of difference in any restaurant in the world cuisine sector. You just get the impression straight away that the restaurant knows what they’re doing and they care about it.
The tables are clean and the cutlery is laid out professionally. It’s a good start to any meal.
So moving on to the food…
The menus are actually quite limited. There is not a big range of curries available, which is actually quite disappointing.
Food at Bukhara’s
Indian restaurants in the UK are far more sophisticate in the diversity of their dishes. However, Bukhara’s had just six or seven curries to choose from. My impression from this is that they’re gone for the safe options – Korma, Vindaloo, Jalfrezi etc etc – that are more appropriate for the less experience palettes of Europeans, Australians and Americans who are not used to eating regularly at Indian restaurants.
Brits, on the other hand, have much more experience of curry eating – it’s basically a national dish on our island thanks to Queen Victoria and our Sikh comrades abroad. It would be nice to see Bukhara’s be a little more adventurous.
Nevertheless, the dish I ordered – the Kadhai cooked mild – was done to a great standard. The fish tika chunks were tasty but I still have concerns that there aren’t enough there to make a main course. The boss should be serving up at least five pieces instead of a rather stingy four.
The pilau rice was standard and the garlic naan did the job, too. So overall the food was good – well above the average Bangkok grunge outlet but not quite hitting the excellent mark.
You aren’t paying Thai food prices when you go for an Indian meal in Bangkok. So expect a minimum of 300THB for the curry. The fish tika pieces were 350THB. That’s actually a bit on the expensive side even by western standards. Then there’s the added cost of the rice, naan, and appetisers.
The price is above average, but so is the food, so it does balance out.
If you’re looking for an Indian restaurant in Bangkok then do try Bukhara’s. It’s in a great location for a night out and the food is good quality.