Mrs. Balbir’s Indian Restaurant may have been around since 1975, but has never really resorted to advertising. In fact, word of mouth is their virtue. The restaurant located in downtown Sukhumvit boasts a contemporary meets Indian ambience. Big glass vases filled with fresh chili, high ceilings and shiny cutlery may help to lure in passer bys, but the 5,000 regular customers swear that their only loyalty, is taste. This famous taste that has brought satisfaction to many stomachs, has crossed seas and trotted the globe and even been featured on The BBC, The New York Times, and The Lonely Planet, to name a few. The owner is Vinder. Vinder is a lot of things but takes the most pride in being a world renounced international chef.
Her passion for cooking and commitment to taste perfection has translated into immense success. From humble beginnings and a very first store over thirty years ago, the young Malaysian immigrant knew that she loved food, and wanted to share its magic with others. “Food heals people. It brings friends together…I have a gift for creativity and a passion for Indian food” she says. The restaurant parallels the energy of Vinder - passionate, full of zest and very creative. Vinder attributes her tough past to making her the grounded individual she is today and believes that her new age lifestyle of being a vegetarian, doing yoga and meditating is a strong fuel behind her continuous creative streak. “The new recipes and dishes keep coming to me!” she claims. The Mrs. Balbir’s brand definitely has a unique and impressive resume.
They now own three outlets around Bangkok city. The primary restaurant in Sukhumvit 11, the food court outlet in Robinson Sukhumvit 19 and the newest addition, a fusion corner in Central World serving traditional Punjabi cuisine with an Italian and Thai twist. Vinder has been a consultant to Thai International Airlines on their in-flight meals and has taught a variety of celebrity chefs including the personal cook of Sting. They also have a cooking school in Sukhumvit 11 that teaches about tantalizing cuisines from all corners of the globe – Moroccan, Brazilian, Thai, Malaysian and Indian.Vinder has visited 5 star hotels around the world as guest Indian chef and even gone down the TV personality route – she was a successful television hostess and had her own cooking show called Bangkok Spice with Mrs. Balbir for 16 years on Channel 21. For the future, Mrs. Balbir’s plans to come out with a recipe book which will be a little piece of the sensory heaven, everyone can take home.