Gaggan is a restaurant run by chef Gaggan Anand in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2017, it was named by Restaurant as the best restaurant in Asia in the list of The World's 50 Best Restaurants, placing 7th overall worldwide.
|Food type||Indian / molecular gastronomy|
|Street address||68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road|
The restaurant was opened in Bangkok, Thailand, by Indian chef Gaggan Anand in 2010, who had lived in Bangkok since 2007. He sought to refine Indian food to the same fine dining level as seen by other styles of cuisine such as French or Japanese within Thailand. The restaurant is located in a former 19th century townhouse. While the property was being renovated prior to opening, the 2010 Thai political protests took place meaning that Anand couldn't visit the restaurant for a period of time. The interior decor has a running color scheme of white and beige throughout, but there are additions of neon purple lights and scatter cushions in a variety of colors. The restaurant's dining area spreads across two floors which remain in a series of small enclosed rooms.
Prior to opening Gaggan, Anand worked at the three Michelin star molecular gastronomy restaurant elBulli in Spain. The chef has incorporated similar techniques into the menu at Gaggan. These have included a coriander foam served with green peppercorn chicken kebabs in a dish entitled "Green with envy", and one entitled "Beauty and the Beast" which features potatoes stuffed with figs. Further techniques such as smoking and spherification with both a smoked whiskey side served with lamb chops and spherified yoghurt have both appeared on the menu.
Anand updates the restaurant menu every two months, and takes regular research trips back to India to visit other restaurants. This has resulted in a take on panipuri which includes a white chocolate sphere filled with chillies, cumin, coriander and mint, with an edible silver leaf garnish. Papri chaat, typically a street food from Northern India, is interpreted as egg sized yoghurt mixed with mango powder, ginger and chaat masala, which is then served with tamarind chutney and a herb foam.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017, the restaurant was named both the best restaurant in Thailand, and Asia's best restaurant in the list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants collated by Restaurant magazine. This was an increase from the third spot overall in Asia from in 2014.  The restaurant was placed 10th, 23rd and 7th overall in the world in The World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively, and remained the only Indian restaurant to ever place in the top 50.   
Closing in 2020Edit
Anand will close Gaggan in 2020 to start a new venture in Fukuoka, Japan.
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