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Indian restaurant Tapori promises no butter chicken, yet plenty of unconventional flavour




Tucked into quiet Sukhumvit 47, Tapori has opened as a new Indian restaurant that goes “beyond clichéd Indian cuisine.” Given the plethora of Indian restaurants in Bangkok, Tapori genuinely offers something new and exciting — boasting that no regular butter chicken is served here — to inspire both those who are new and familiar with Indian flavours. ‘Tapori’ is Hindi slang for ‘wanderer,’ and wander and wonder you will.


The vibes: Inside a colourful and elegant villa, diners are welcomed into a design-savvy space that reflects the diversity and vibrancy of India. Helmed by culinary storyteller and chef-owner Rohit Sharma, the interiors offer plenty for diners to admire, from the geometric Warli art patterns to the Bastar tribal motifs, and the gorgeous 32-foot long Kerala-inspired oil canvas. There’s even a hand-cut mirror mosaic of a peacock by the stairs.


The food: Tapori has really and truly managed to set itself apart from the crowd and stands out for its bold and genuinely interesting flavours. Showcasing India’s lesser-known dishes, diners can explore the map at the beginning of the menu, and try favourites and hidden gems from each region. We loved the spicy and crunchy Wahan Mosdeng (pork salad from Tripura), the Gobhi Mussallam (grilled cauliflower), the fun Sindhi Dal Pakwan (“a Sindhi brunch masterpiece”), and the intriguing Tawa-Masala Kaleji Ice Cream (made with chicken liver!). The menu is vast and worthy of many revisits to retry, though unmissable is definitely the Benami Kheer dessert. Hailing from the royal kitchens of Awadh, it is made with a secret ingredient all diners are invited to guess. We assure you that you’ll be very surprised.


Tapori, 22/2 Sukhumvit Soi 47, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 5.30-10.30pm.



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