BANGKOK’S famed culinary powerhouse Gaggan will close its doors by the end of this month, its manager said Thursday, bringing a sudden end to the recently crowned fourth best restaurant in the world. The two-Michelin-starred restaurant, helmed by Gaggan Anand, has excited food lovers with its “progressive Indian cuisine” and molecular gastronomical creations since its opening in 2010.
The emoji-themed menu boasted diverse offerings, ranging from a mini cone topped with sea urchin ice cream to a yogurt sphere paired with red tea matcha. But its manager told AFP Thursday that its successful run — topping Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant list for four consecutive years and ranking fourth in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants this year in the awards organised by British magazine Restaurant — will soon come to an end.
“The establishment will definitely close on August 24,” said manager Vibhi Harnvarakiat. Gaggan plans to open a new restaurant in Bangkok in late 2019, he added, declining to provide a reason for the abrupt closure. The celebrity chef himself hinted at the upcoming change, confirming in a July 1 Facebook post that he had resigned the previous month, though he remains a business partner. Days later, the chef posted that he had “made a proposal” to his current restaurant shareholders. “We had some great ideas… that could change my Gastronomic future,” he wrote on July 8. – AFP