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‘Charcoal’ cheers up Indian foodies in Bangkok

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A ‘Spice Library’ with traditional condiments from all corners of India, Mumbai’s famous ‘Dabbawalas’, an Indian mixology concept at the bar to fire up your drinks and a restroom where you can hear the lively noises of Delhi’s famous Chandini Chowk area – all of this and more are on offer at the most unlikely of places, Bangkok.

In the Thai capital’s ever-busy Sukhumvit area, the Charcoal Tandoor Grill and Mixology has raised the bar for authentic Indian cuisine and that is evident from it being a runaway success, especially among foreigners. Located on the fifth floor of Fraser Suites in Sukhumvit’s Soi 11, Charcoal is not only about Indian food but also the tradition that is behind the popularity of this food.

“Charcoal offers authentic tandoori kebabs, char-grilled over glowing embers in our copper-clad ovens. People can enjoy the delicacies that come from the house of the Royal Moghuls,” Derrick Gooch, the general manager of Fraser Suites, told IANS as he excitedly took me through a brief journey about Charcoal’s existence, its food and the idea behind the effort.

“We wanted our food to be real, authentic Indian. We spent considerable time in India to pick the best chefs and cooks, raw materials and equipment. All our spices for the restaurant and other raw material still comes from India to ensure that authentic taste,” Gooch, who once worked with a leading resort near Gurgaon and has been settled in Thailand for the past nearly 14 years, pointed out.

The popular celebration dishes, made from centuries-old recipies, at Charcoal include murg angaar (charcoal), murg malai kebab, tandoori malai broccoli, sikandar ki raan (tender lamb), the softest possible paneer tikka and dum biryani.

“Our DNA is kebabs. We offer only two types of gravies in Indian food. We get a lot of foreign guests and they really relish the char-grilled food here,” restaurant manager Vijay Kamble, who worked in a leading hotel chain in Mumbai before moving to Bangkok, told IANS.

The Sunday brunch buffet (@ 999++ THB (Thai baht)/almost Rs,2000 per person) offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian kebabs with Indian breads.

“We lay a lot on stress on retaining the original flavour of the spices that we use. The idea is to ensure that our clients should be happy having Indian food here,” chef Manzoor, who hails from the City of Nawabs, Lucknow, told IANS.

There’s a unique about Charcoal.

The restaurant boasts of a whole wall that is a Spice Library. Spices are kept here in a traditional way while sharing information about them. Another wall depicts the Mumbai Dabbawalas concept in all its colours.

Related article: Indian ‘masala’, among other condiments spicing up global food palate

Even the restroom in the restaurant is inimitable. “The moment you enter it, you will hear the real-time sounds of Delhi’s famous (and chaotic) Chandini Chowk area. The sound of vendors and honking of horns does not let you miss out on Delhi’s life,” Gooch pointed out.

The restaurant also offers the best variety of ‘paan’ (betel leaf) – straight from the popular Prince Paan Shop in New Delhi’s GK market. It is priced at THB 100.

“Our paans are the most authentic and fresh ones. We use Kolkata and Banarsi betel leaves. To suit the convenience of our foreign guests, we have smaller sized paans too,” Dev Singh, who hails originally from Nepal but has settled in Delhi for over three decades, said.

But what takes the cake is the Charcoal bar where lies the Mixology Studio. Signature cocktail creations come alive in a sophisticated industrial setting here.

“The cocktails here are combined with Indian spices to fire them up. We have a unique style of presentation too,” Kamble pointed out.

Cocktails like New Delhi Duty Free, comprising spices, honey, Bacardi, watermelon juice and mango, are served in a bottle-jar which is packed in a transparent plastic bag (like the ones in which liquor bottles are packed at duty-free shops at airports) along with a dummy Indian passport.

Other spiced up cocktails include Horn Ok Please (betel leaf, basil and gin), Mufftey Mai (gin and cucumber in a glass laced with chaat masala), 1947: Independence, Sialkot’s Gun Powder, Kolkata Rickshaw Fuel and many more.

At Charcoal, one will have to cook up excuses to explain over-eating!!

Here are some details of Charcoal:

Where: Charcoal Tandoor Grill and Mixology; 5/F, Fraser Suites, Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok, Thailand. Timings: 6 p.m. till 12 a.m.

A meal for Two: THB 1,200 upwards (IANS)

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  • Charcoal is nice. Lots of other great Indian restaurants in Bangkok too. Rang Mahal, Kabab Factory, Punjab Grill…

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This gives the Thai people an idea of how the Indian food is made and served. Just like how we enjoy Thai curry, they enjoy our dal fry

  • Charcoal is nice. Lots of other great Indian restaurants in Bangkok too. Rang Mahal, Kabab Factory, Punjab Grill…

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This gives the Thai people an idea of how the Indian food is made and served. Just like how we enjoy Thai curry, they enjoy our dal fry

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10 lesser known facts about Kriti Sanon’s life

Kriti Sanon is not just a pretty face. She is very intelligent and has completed her B.Tech from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in Uttar Pradesh.

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Kriti Sanon is a relatively new actress who has proved her mettle in just a span of few movies. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti Sanon is a relatively new actress who has proved her mettle in just a span of few movies. Wikimedia Commons
  • Kriti Sanon is a well-known name in Bollywood. She is one of the most talented and beautiful new generation Bollywood actresses.
  • Kriti has worked in many famous movies like Heropanti, Bareilly ki Barfi and Dilwale.
  • This 5”8′ inches tall actress has been winning hearts and awards since her debut in the film industry.

The ‘Bareilly ki Barfi’ fame actress, Kriti Sanon is an actress and model, born and brought up in Delhi. She is among one of the most beautiful new generation actresses and has proved her mettle in the film industry in a very short span of time.

Kriti Sanon has made a name for herself in Bollywood in a really short span of time. Instagram.
Kriti Sanon has made a name for herself in Bollywood in a really short span of time. Instagram

Not only is she gorgeous, but she is also very talented. Her acting skills have been appreciated by both audiences and critics. This Delhi girl has been winning hearts since her Bollywood debut in, ‘Heropanti.’ Here are 10 facts about Kriti Sanon’s life which you may now know:

Her first movie wasn’t Heropanti.

Most of us think that Kriti Sanon’s first movie was Heropanti, but this is certainly not true. Before debuting in Bollywood, Sanon had already made a name for herself in the Telugu film industry. She worked in the Telugu thriller name ‘Nenok Kadine,‘ opposite the superstar Mahesh Babu. Her performance was well received by the audience there.

Kriti Sanon debut in the film industry was a Telugu movie opposite Mahesh Babu. IANS
Kriti Sanon debut in the film industry was a Telugu movie opposite Mahesh Babu. IANS

She is a beauty with brains.

Kriti Sanon is not just a pretty face. She is very intelligent and has completed her B.Tech in Electronics and Communication from well known Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in Uttar Pradesh. So yes, if she wouldn’t have been an actress, she would’ve had a lucrative career as an engineer.

She came from a highly educated family.

Intelligence seems to be in her genes. Her father is a Chartered Accountant and her mother teaches at the University of Delhi. She is the elder daughter and has a younger sister, Nupur who is inclined towards music.

Kriti comes from a highly educated family. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti comes from a highly educated family. Wikimedia Commons

Kriti has a sweet tooth.

Kriti Sanon has a stunning figure, which obviously needs lots of maintaining. However, that doesn’t stop the ‘Bareilly ki Barfi’ actress from indulging in deserts. She loves to have everything sweet whether it is chocolates or ‘Gajar Ha Halwa’, she loves them all equally.

She is a Salman Khan fan.

But well then, who isn’t? Kriti Sanon is a huge Salman Khan fan and has claimed to have watched all his movies multiple times.

Salman Khan is Kriti Sonan's favourite actor. Wikimedia Commons
Salman Khan is Kriti Sonan’s favourite actor. Wikimedia Commons

Acting is not her only interest.

Kriti is a true performer. Apart from acting, she loves to dance in her free time. She is a trained Kathak dancer. She also loves to travel and Goa is her favourite holiday destination. Apart from that, she loves to cook. This intellectual beauty is also a huge fan of reading and writing poetry.

Kriti Sanon loves to read and write poetry. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti Sanon loves to read and write poetry. Wikimedia Commons

Her idols are ideal.

Kriti Sanon’s favourite actresses are Kajol and legendary Rekha. She counts them among her idols. Kriti had a chance of working with Kajol in the movie ‘Dilwale,’ which definitely would’ve been a dream come true for her.

She loves perfumes.

Kriti loves perfumes and has admitted of her wardrobe is full of them. Her favourite perfume brand is said to be Davidoff’s Coolwater.

She is not a girly girl.

She may look beautifully fragile, but this actress is tougher than you think. She is a big fan of boxing and loves practising it, it is her favourite sport. She also loves to ride cars and bikes, whenever she gets free time.

Kriti is more of a tomboy and loves boxing. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti is more of a tomboy and loves boxing. Wikimedia Commons

Her favourite season is Monsoon.

Kriti Sanon loves the season of monsoon. One of her favourite things to do is to sit near her window comfortably and enjoy the rain outside. Now, that’s something we all love to do.