Authentic cuisine is great — but for die-hard food lovers of all global cuisines, having fusion fare also adds these exciting dimensions to our palates, elevating our food journeys to a whole ‘nother level.
However, not all fusion restaurants earn equal praise. There’s only about a handful of eateries in Bangkok – tried and tested – we can guarantee to serve the best fusion fare, melting together cuisines and actually making it work; by which we mean delicious, approachable and relatable. Indulge Fusion Food & Cocktail Bar is one of them.
One of Bangkok’s most major business areas, Asoke commingles the western and Thai cultures as evidenced in the area’s diverse folks, businesses, and corporate buildings that make up the district. Much like the district, Indulge stands as an emblem of Asoke’s culture. The restaurant weaves together the zests of East and West, churning out scrumptious fusion fare with an array of cocktails with cool tweaks. With both indoor and outdoor areas, the venue boasts dining sections fit for both those who love privacy and sunbathers who love their sundowner by the street side.
Recently, we had a chance to check out the space and tried some of the best dishes Indulge has to offer. Here’s a list of must-tries you need to order when you visit.
Coffee & Lemongrass Pork Belly (THB 380)
The cake-like layers of fat and meat and the crispy crackling skin of this pork belly were mainly what we were there for. The taste is as succulent as the look of it. What takes the regular pork belly to a showstopper is Indulge’s special coffee and lemongrass marinade, which the meat has been mingling in for hours before getting slow-cooked in a cider sauce for another two to three hours to assure juicy perfection. This one is hands down the must-try.
Lemongrass Chicken (THB 360)
Healthy but hearty, this pan-seared, lemongrass-marinated chicken thigh is fit for fitness buffs who adore clean food. It comes with a chili-speckled mango salad to take the heat up a notch.
Prawn Risotto with Chorizo (THB 390)
At Indulge, this mostly creamy dish gets a stellar update with salty strips of chorizo and prawn served atop a bed of arborio rice cooked long and slow in the thick, fully-seasoned crustacean bisque. Hence, the dish oozes out full-on oceany flavours and textures. Here’s a dish that won’t fail to satisfy.
Chicken & Waffle Sliders (THB 220)
Fried chicken and waffles is not a fresh concept. But the red curry-spiked batter in which the chicken gets dipped in is what’s new and novel about this dish. Once the shower of organic maple syrup gets poured onto the chili-red fried chicken skin, the syrup provides a deliciously sweet contrast to the pungent nuggets and plain crispy waffles.
Lamb Shank Massaman (THB 520)
Lamb shank and massaman are great on their own but what tastes otherworldly is when you match the two together. The lamb shank gets simmered until fork-tender in the velvety herb-packed coconut sauce. The onion rings on top are also what elevates the dish into something of playful sophistication, worthy of a spot on your Instagram.
Princess Ha-Pun-Zel (THB 380)
No matter how fancy a restaurant can be, a dessert any diner secretly wishes for is chocolate cake. Having that dark, intense chocolate craving, we went for the Princess Ha-Pun-Zel, which is a molten chocolate cake that, once cut into, exude a silky chocolate lava studded with crumbled hazelnuts for texture and nuttiness. It’s scrumptiously satisfying especially when paired with vanilla ice cream and buttery crumble. The kitchen bakes this to order, but it’s worth all the 15 minutes of waiting.
Indulge Fusion Food & Cocktail Bar, 403-403/1, 407-407/1 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +6695 551 8400; open: Mon-Sun, 7 am-11:30 pm.