Updated: Oct 26
Indian cuisine is renowned worldwide for its deliciousness, which comes from the generous use of spices and herbs in the cooking process. Among the popular dishes are Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken), Palak Paneer (Spinach and Indian Cottage Cheese), Samosa, and Biryani. For those seeking a unique twist on Indian food, EKKA, a colourful Indian restaurant located in Surawong, Bangkok, is the right place to dine.
The Indian restaurant boasts a unique layout with a clear distinction between two sections - the dining zone and the sports bar zone. The dining zone offers a diverse range of dining experiences, including an indoor dining area, which is perfect for intimate gatherings, an outdoor dining area that provides an exceptional al fresco dining experience, and an open kitchen that gives diners a glimpse into the culinary expertise of the chefs.
On the other hand, the sports bar zone is an ideal spot for sports enthusiasts, who can watch their favourite matches while savouring delicious food and drinks. The dining area in this zone is designed to provide a casual and comfortable atmosphere that is suitable for group gatherings. Moreover, the cocktail bar in the sports bar zone is a perfect spot for guests to enjoy their favourite drinks while rooting for their preferred teams. Overall, the restaurant's layout ensures that guests have a memorable and enjoyable experience, whether they are looking for a cosy dining experience or a lively sports bar atmosphere.
The name EKKA means Ace in Hindi and reflects the restaurant's commitment to serving the best Indian cuisine in Bangkok. Bharat Ran, one of the restaurant owners, is a self-made businessman who developed the idea to open his own restaurant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bharat's love for food and his passion for experimenting with it when cooking for his family and friends inspired him to pursue this venture. Although he is not in EKKA's kitchen, he provides valuable input to his Head Chef Mohsin Ali and culinary team to ensure that the food served at EKKA is of the highest quality and encourages them to be creative.
Starter Avocado Padi Chaat is EKKA's twist on traditional Padi Chaat. It's a dish of round, crispy disks topped with mashed avocado, spiced yoghurt, sprouts, pomegranate and drizzled with chutneys. Each bite combines many textures and flavours. The added avocado gives the dish nutty, creamy, buttery and earthy grassy undertones. Sprouts enhance the grassy note and give texture, while pomegranate adds sweetness to the dish.
Dahi Puri & Pani Puri Shooters are two types of Indian street food. Dahi Puri consists of a wheat hollow ball or Puri filled with potato, finely chopped onion, chutneys, yoghurt, spices, and sev, which are Indian savoury sprinkles made of chickpea. At EKKA, pomegranate is added to give it a fruity taste. Pani Puri is almost identical to Dahi Puri, but it is Puri filled with tamarind chutney, potato, and finely chopped onion. Before eating, Pani Puri needs to be filled with Pani, green mint and spices water. EKKA's culinary team also stuffs sprouts and edible flowers in Puri to enhance its texture and flavour.
EKKA's Chicken Caesar Salad is an exceptional dish that will leave you wanting more. This unique creation blends the classic taste of Caesar Salad with the delicious flavours of Garlic Naan and Chicken Tikka Malai. The chicken in this dish is prepared by marinating it in yoghurt and a blend of spices, which is then cooked using a traditional Tandoor oven. This cooking process imparts a distinct smoky flavour to the chicken, along with a creamy and savoury taste that perfectly complements the salad.
The Garlic Naan in this dish is a perfect accompaniment to the chicken and salad. It is garlicky, buttery, soft and slightly charred. To enjoy this dish to the fullest, try tearing the Naan into pieces and wrapping it around the chicken and salad. This will enhance the overall flavour and texture of the dish and make each bite a truly satisfying experience.
Seafood Kebab Set is a delicious platter that offers a variety of succulent seafood delicacies. The platter includes Tandoori tiger prawns that are marinated in a blend of aromatic Indian spices and grilled to perfection. The Salmon Tikka is another highlight of the platter; it is made by marinating fresh salmon chunks in a special yoghurt-based marinade before being grilled. The Amritsari fish fingers are crispy and flavourful, and the calamari is tender and juicy. All these delicacies are served on a unique ceramic plate that is shaped like a shovel, adding to the overall presentation of the dish.
Mutton Rogen Josh is an Indian classic that EKKA excels in. The succulent mutton is marinated in a rich blend of yoghurt, spices, and herbs then cooked to perfection over a low flame. The result is a dish that is bursting with flavour and fragrance. The tender meat is infused with spicy and aromatic sauce, creating a symphony of taste that is hard to resist.
Gulab Jamun with Vanilla Ice Cream is a lovely dessert. Gulab Jamun, a popular Indian dessert made of deep-fried milk solids soaked in sugar syrup, when paired with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, creates a delectable dessert experience. The warm, soft and spongy texture of the Gulab Jamun blends seamlessly with the cold and smooth vanilla ice cream, creating a perfect balance of flavours and temperatures. The sweetness of the Gulab Jamun complements the subtle vanilla flavour of the ice cream, making it a wonderful dessert for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Mango Kulfi Falooda is a parfait-like dessert that consists of dessert vermicelli, Indian ice cream called Kulfi, sweet basil seeds, mango and rose syrup. This one is full of texture and different kinds of sweetness and slight sourness.
Saffron Phinir Brûlée is an Indian Classic Rice Pudding, or Kheer, have a love child with Crème Brûlée. It is a dessert that is both familiar and exotic, with complex flavours and textures that linger on the palate.
Experience the flavours of India like never before with EKKA's innovative and mouth-watering dishes. This Indian restaurant offers a twist on traditional Indian cuisine, taking its customers' taste buds on a journey they won't forget.
Hours: Daily, 11:30 – 23:30 hours
Reserve: +6690 927 9494
Location: 56 Surawong Road, Si Phraya, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500