In this era of cultural diversity and increasing environmental awareness, having the honor of a green Michelin restaurant like Haoma is not easy. The ingredients used in the restaurant are sustainable, with their own garden and even fish farming, emphasizing the sustainability and environmental protection of the ingredients. Such quality is rare and precious like a gem, and is an important reason why environmentally conscious consumers come to taste it.
In terms of service, Haoma restaurant also places great emphasis on the sense of ritual, like a fine art performance, a series of rituals, stories, postcards, and more, bringing diners a different journey to India. Tasting each dish allows one to experience the various flavors of Indian culture, scenery, and characters, making one feel as if they were there, like watching a precious cultural feast.
When trying the cuisine at Haoma, I deeply felt the various delicious and fragrant flavors, like Indian poetry and music, full of wonderful rhythms and beats. This rich and unique flavor has widened people’s understanding of Indian cuisine, especially in the experience, which feels like tasting classical poetry, like a beautiful melody.
Each dish is as exquisite as a work of art, although it may be a bit niche, like not everyone can appreciate opera. However, the soups and Indian curries are impressive, with a rich taste and creativity, and the bowls and plates are super delicate, even using shells as bowls for soup. In addition, each dish is accompanied by a postcard story, like embarking on a journey to India. However, the main course is surprisingly just two Indian breads, paired with curry, although filling, it was not satisfying enough to eat.
另一方面，过度注重仪式感的fine dining是否真的值得去尝试？这是一个见仁见智的问题。在我的观点中，我认为Haoma餐厅的精致服务和注重环保的理念，已经在当今社会中越来越受到重视。但是，过度注重表演和仪式感，却让整个用餐体验变得有些虚无缥缈，缺乏实质性的体验和回味。比如表演怎么制作冰棍啦，怎么制作ais kacang啦。虽说他们旨在介绍较为古早风味的美食，哎，但我在想，难道这些食客真的孤陋寡闻到如此吗？需要靠你介绍一些早已耳熟能详的街边美食？
On the other hand, is fine dining that emphasizes ritual really worth trying? This is a matter of personal opinion. In my view, I believe that Haoma’s exquisite service and emphasis on environmental protection are increasingly valued in today’s society. However, excessive emphasis on performance and ritual makes the entire dining experience somewhat illusory, lacking substantial experience and aftertaste. For example, the performance of making ice cream and ais kacang. Although they aim to introduce more old-fashioned flavors of food, I wonder if these diners are really so ignorant that they need you to introduce some already well-known street food?
Overall, Haoma restaurant’s cuisine and environmental protection philosophy are worth a try, especially for those who enjoy fine dining. However, while emphasizing ritual, we also need to pay more attention to the quality and sustainability of the ingredients, as well as the substantial aftertaste of the dining experience. Whether it is worth it or not is subjective. I think it’s still okay because the food is delicious.
Address: 231, 3 Soi Sukhumvit 31, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Phone: +66 92 891 8222