I think I must have some kind of mental condition where, when I chance upon a restaurant I really like, its name is immediately erased from my memory. Sadly, there are restaurants I won’t ever mention here because all I can remember about them is the food.
In order to right one wrong I went back to the Greek place in Soi 4 and found out I was talking about Souvlaki. I had a giros just to make sure they were still good and, though bready, it was OK. I ordered the spicy version, which had a Thai chili hotness rather than one derived from sauce.
So onto this week’s feature – a little Indian restaurant in Sukhumvit soi 8 that I can’t remember the name of. It’s not India Today, which is on the corner of suk and soi 8, nor is it Spicy Maharaja’s. It’s down the end of a tiny sub-soi and signposted with a shabby wooden board that you WILL miss if you’re not looking for it. It’s right off the start of the soi, so if you’ve reached Bar Soi 8 you’ve gone too far.
This restaurant is quite casual and frequented by Indian families and expats and because it’s so hidden, it’s solely through word of mouth that this place gets any custom. It was recommended to me by an expat Indian friend who could remember its name and since going there I’ve never strayed.
I don’t love Indian food above all else but there are times when Tony’s (that’s the owner) tandoori chicken is all I can think about. Tony is extremely proud of his food – a newspaper clipping is displayed at the front and there’s nothing on the menu you need to avoid. Tony himself is a cool dude, if a little cautious. I could never convince him to make me something stupid-spicy, but perhaps next week I’ll give it another shot. And jot the name down while I’m there.