Indian by Nature Celebrates Ninth Anniversary
Chaine des Rotisseurs member restaurant Indian by Nature, is celebrating its ninth anniversary as Pattaya’s most respected Indian restaurant on Apr. 5 and 6. The three-course set menu (B690) features an array of Indian dishes showcasing the very best that modern Indian cuisine has to offer.
“We are very proud to still be going strong after nine years, we wanted to say ‘thank you’ to our patrons which is why we are inviting guests to indulge in what might just be our finest set menu yet,” says Av Khanijou, restaurant founder and head chef.
Dishes on offer will include salt and pepper prawns marinated in onions before being fried and dressed with a tangy sweet and sour dressing, a tangri kebab consisting of chicken drumsticks stuffed with minced chicken, prawns, cashews and almonds before being grilled in a traditional tandoor, and the restaurant’s star newcomer, a beautifully balanced Kerala fish curry, as well as desserts which blend East and West, like blueberry kulfi and coconut crème brûlée.
“Modern Indian cuisine isn’t just about curry, it’s about the successful blending of the distinctive characteristics of traditional Indian food with the unique elements of the cooking traditions of other cultures, and that is exactly the ethos we pursue at Indian by Nature,” says Av Khanijou.
In addition, Indian by Nature has carefully selected a variety of gins from around the world specifically sourced from Belgium, Germany, Scotland and England to complement and offset the diverse flavours and spices of the dishes.
Trained in New Delhi under notable chef Savitri Bhatia and as far afield as Switzerland with head chef of the renowned Ambassador Hotel, Rosie Straubhar, Khanijou has now firmly established herself as an integral part of Pattaya’s culinary community over the past decade or so, holding cookery classes for aspiring local chefs as part of the Pattaya International Ladies Club before launching Indian by Nature in 2004.
Since then the restaurant has tallied up a multitude of achievements, most notably being inducted into the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in 2005 and the successful launch and publication of Confluence: The Indian by Nature Cookbook in December 2010. In May 2012, International Rotary Club members from around the world congregated in Bangkok whereby a group of delegates chose Indian by Nature to host a gala luncheon for prolific Rotarians due to the restaurant’s sterling reputation and close proximity to Bangkok. The restaurant is consistently ranked on TripAdvisor as one of the top three restaurants in Pattaya