Are you HERE? A new chef and an expanding menu

Are you HERE?  A new chef and an expanding menu

Chef Saurabh Sachdev. (Photos: Here by Garima Arora)

Where? Here. The year-old casual dining restaurant by chef Garima Arora takes on a new head chef. Chef Saurabh Sachdev, who has had more than a decade of practice cooking in hotel kitchens, has not just taken over the reins, but has a new menu, too.

“We have many places in Bangkok doing typical Indian food. We wanted to do something different and justify the cuisine with the wine bar, so small plates that go well with the wine. We don’t want people filling themselves on food hence the small bites, so people can relish and enjoy both the food and the wine,” says chef Sachdev.

Gaa’s signature betel leaf is on the menu at Here on Sukhumvit 53 in the form of a Betel leaf chaat (B275), which is perfect to kick off the festive season since it looks much like a Christmas tree. The Corn bread, curry leaf, Chiang Mai tomatoes (B260), is a modern take on a sev puri, minus the sev. The corn bread being makki di roti, a flatbread that’s topped with the smashed avocado and fresh tomatoes. Keeping with the avocado theme, the Jhal muri, smashed avocado, kaen ta wan salli (B325) is chef Sachdev’s take on West Bengal’s and Bangladesh’s popular street food snack, made with puffed rice.

Are you HERE?  A new chef and an expanding menu

From left: Baby carrot, grilled cucumber, cottage cheese, fennel and lime; Peri-peri chicken, salad greens, pickles and raw papaya relish.

Are you HERE?  A new chef and an expanding menu

From left: Tandoori eggplant; HERE saag.

One of my favourite Bombay snacks has made it to the plates Here, though it’s a modern version — Sweet potato, white pea ragda, smoked yoghurt chaat (B280). Ragda being the word for dried white peas. A dish I love is the homemade butter, fried green chillies, Chiang Mai tomatoes and sourdough (B320). The butter is whipped to perfection and because it is fewer calories you do tend to keep spreading it on the bread, lavishly. The Pulled mutton mangsho, Dhaka paratha, pickles (B450) is a scrumptious one or two biter affair, depending on the size of one’s mouth. Mangsho meaning meat, the dish is famous in Kolkata.

The Kaffir lime tandoori fish, tadka kanom jeen (B595) mixes flavours of Thailand and India. “This is a dish that goes with the Thai palate, since we have a lot of Thai customers. This doesn’t also take much away from the Indianness of the food. It is Indian, but in a modern way,” explains the chef.

Two of my favourites from the Mains and Grills section were the Tandoori eggplant (B475), mainly because I love grilled aubergines, and the Saucy green chilli coriander clams, grilled brioche (B410) because I love clams. Yes, everything Here is that simple! Do try the Tandoori chicken, creamy tomato sauce, fried spinach and garlic chips (B390), which is a butter chicken on a naan.

New desserts Here are The milky way (B280), which has three milk textures: frozen jasmine milk, crispy milk skin and thickened whole milk that’s dried in a pan, and the Rice millet kheer (B275), which is made from barnyard millets. Both are sharing desserts unless you’re in for a sweet meal. Though ending the meal with a Mango and pickled lime kulfi (B115) or a Mixed berries and puffed rice kulfi (B120) isn’t a bad idea. Visit herebkk.com. 

Are you HERE?  A new chef and an expanding menu

From left: The milky way; Pulled mutton mangsho, dhaka paratha, pickles.

Are you HERE?  A new chef and an expanding menu

From left: Kaffir lime tandoori fish, tadka kanom jeen; Rice millet kheer.

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