I’ve been a massive fan of British style Indian curries (Butter Chickens, Chicken Korma etc) since visiting the UK in 2011 and generally speaking these aren’t too common in Thailand, with the Indian community eating more traditional food, vegetarian or local variants. That said, you still find reasonably good western style Indian food in most of the touristy type areas in Bangkok. One of my favourites is Bombay Blues – which has one of the better reputations in Bangkok for takeaway style Indian food that we are used to from home. If you are looking for more authentic Indian food that that hasn’t been “westernised” and aimed at the Thai Indian community – there are plenty of options in the Little India area of Chinatown. Bombay Blues is a brightly coloured but dimly lit restaurant offering a range of indian dishes, thai beer and flavoured shisha. Expect to pay a bit over the odds for the food, but this is the same as with any situation ordering “Farang” food, and its still cheaper than Burger King down the street. I ordered a Chicken Korma and Garlic Naan, while Sarah went for one of the vegetarian curries and steamed rice. Both curries were tasty, but nothing too extreme in either flavour or spiciness. Definitely not the best curry I’ve had (that would go to a place in Brick Lane, London) but one of the better I’ve had in Thailand which is what keeps me coming back. It turns out however that the best dish on the menu isn’t one that you’d order at first glance. I noticed this one advertised on a poster in the bathrooms – Chocolate Naan. Words can’t explain how delicious these things are – far from traditional, but absolutely amazing, sweet naan Music tends to be the same sort of abrasive music that you get anywhere in the Khao San Rd (bad hip hop, trance etc) area if you are inside, so you are far better off getting a seat outside where its fairly relaxing and you can enjoy watching all the fresh tourists walking past in their elephant pants and braided hair. The trashy backpacker vibe does extend to some of the advertising as well – I’d probably avoid Thursday nights if you are an expat or on a date, with it being their “Boozers or Losers” drinking challenge, which to put it bluntly tests how long you can drink until you need to take a piss. The bathroom also has a sink that is made specifically for vomiting.
How to find Bombay Blues
Bombay Blues is located at 51 Soi Rambutri, Banglampoo Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200, to find it go down Soi Rambutree and go past the VW bars, you’ll see a bunch of tents on the side of a road. They are open daily from 6pm until 1am.
- Thonglor Soi 10: 139 Soi Thonglor 10, Sukhumvit Rd, Klongton-nua, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand