Filling Indian vegetarian fare
153 Sukhumvit Soi 11/1 (corner of Sukhumvit Rd), Bangkok
T: (02) 255 2289, (02) 255 2298
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Khana Khazana claims to be “Thailand’s first-ever 100% vegetarian fine-dining Indian restaurant”. Whether this is true or not (the fine dining part isn’t), the long-running establishment doesn’t fail to satisfy when it comes to vegetarian breads, curries, thali and tandoori from several different parts of India.
For us, the highlight of any trip to Khana Khazana is usually the dosa, a Southern Indian fried unleavened bread. Here the chefs render it crispy around the corners but thick enough to keep from crumbling when dipped into a thick bowl of aloo gobhi or rajma masala (both tasty North Indian options). The plain version is great, but we often can’t resist a dosa stuffed with potato bhaji or grated fresh coconut, among many other options.
Other types of savoury breads and cakes include vada (deep-fried lentil “doughnut”), idly (spongy rice cakes) and utthapa (lentil “pancake”). Available in North Indian, South Indian and Gujrati varieties, the set thali platters (lunch only) are good options for trying a few different kinds of breads and cakes along with flavourful sides like sambar, dal, raita and kadhi.
If coming with a group, do splurge on some of the vegetarian tandoori options like paneer tikka, veggie kebab or broccoli marinated in herbs and spices. You could also venture into the Gujrati menu for a taste of Chinese-Indian food, like paneer chilli or mushroom Manchurian. Those who can’t go Indian without going masala will find several good options in the North Indian menu.
We come for the food alone, but the atmosphere could be worse. A bright air-conditioned room on the ground floor sports bright-red tables and chairs, while two upper floors can be rented out for events. We’ve only been for lunch, when the service is quick and impersonal. Prices aren’t cheap — 250 baht for thali and 140 to over 300 baht for most other dishes — but you can count on leaving stuffed.
If you’re in the Pratunam area, Khana Khazana has a second location on Ratchaprarop Soi 3, just east of Baiyoke Tower 2. To reach the easier-to-find original, take the BTS skytrain to Nana station, head downstairs at exit 3, cross Sukhumvit Soi 11 and you’ll see the pink sign on the left.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 10th November, 2015.