STARS OF BANGKOK’S DINING SCENE
In recent years, that wonderful Stock has been enhanced by a host of Newcomers from overseas bringing with Them all kinds of brilliant culinary ideas and Influences. Today, Bangkok is today without Question the gourmet capital of southeast Asia, attracting worldwide attention.
The following seven pages feature those Bangkok restaurants recognized as star performers in the 2019 Michelin guide.
TWO STAR RESTAURANTS
No other restaurant in Bangkok has done more to put the city on the gourmet map in recent years than Gaggan. Chef-owner Gaggan Anand has gone to extraordinary lengths to raise Indian cuisine to an unprecedented level with all kinds of artful dishes that are original and creative, using a superb blend of textures, flavours and spices. His tastings menus are amazing, with more than twenty dishes cooked in a kitchen staffed by 30 chefs from all corners of the globe.
Soi Lang Suan
02 652 1700
Situated in the Garden Wing of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Le Normandie offers breathtaking views over the Chao Phraya River through floor-to-ceiling windows. First opened in 1958, this legendary restaurant has earned a reputation as a premier destination for those looking for sophisticated French cuisine. The elegant surroundings featuring vintage crystal chandeliers and stunning flower are matched by an impressive menu, impeccable service and classy ambiance.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
02 659 900
Located on the 65th floor of the lebua Hotel, Mezzaluna is Bangkok’s highest restaurant, with breathtaking 180-degree city and river views combined with fine European cuisine beautifully presented. The chef and his team deliver outstanding fare with Japanese precision in a seven-course set menu, with flavours balanced and sophisticated, the food creative and technically precise.
02 624 9555
Dining at Suhring is family affair run by brothers Mathias and Thomas Sühring from Germany who have chosen an impressive former residence in a quiet part of Bangkok for their restaurant. The fare is modern German elevated to the level of haute cuisine, is available a la carte or in a 13-course ‘classic’ and ‘experience’ menus. The list of German and Alsatian wines is outstanding.
Yen Akart 3
02 287 1799
ONE STAR RESTAURANTS
Founded on the belief that the best Thai cuisine should be found in Thailand, chefs Duangporn Songvisava (Bo) and Dylan Jones (lan) launched Bo.lan, a restaurant with a carbon-zero goal. Choose from two degustation menus that demonstrate the chefs’ passion. The tropical garden is another highlight.
02 260 2962
Canvas serves six and ninecourse tasting menus that change seasonally to reflect the best local ingredients at each time of the year. The restaurant works closely with farmers and suppliers to source ingredients of top quality from all regions of Thailand. The cuisine is influenced by international favorites, local street food and markets, traditional Thai preparations, modern techniques, and the city of Bangkok itself.
099 614 7811
CHIM BY SIAM WISDOM
The kitchen at this recently renovated Thai restaurant revisits traditional Thai recipes to create dishes that strike a balance between the old and the new, along with Thai and foreign influences. Order from the à la carte or choose a fixed price menu. to sample a dazzling variety of flavours. The attractive wooden décor features amazing murals of the Thai countryside.
02 260 7811
The first Indian woman to win a Michelin star, Garima Arora’s cuisine is a blend of traditional cooking and innovative techniques using locally sourced ingredients. Diners choose between the 10- and 14-course tasting menus which are changed quarterly to reflect seasonal specialties.
Soi Lang Suan
091 419 2424
Located in the mall attached to the Grand Hyatt Erawan, this sushi restaurant maintains the quality of
its cuisine by receiving deliveries of ingredients straight from markets in Tokyo every 24 hours. Two
dining rooms with counter seating allow customers to see the chefs in action. Four set menus are available.
02 250 0014
Famed for years by local foodies and taxi drivers for its crab omelettes, crab curries wok-fried seafood dishes, all individually cooked by sole chef and owner, 73-year-old Supinya Junsuta, Jay Fai is the first street food stall to earn a Michelin star. Watch her in action wearing her trademark beanie and ski goggles to protect her eyes. Despite being open-air and basic, prices are high because of the quality ofits ingredients.
092 724 9633
One of Bangkok’s oldest Thai restaurants, this timeless venue has indeed changed little in décor and cuisine over the past 60 years – which simply add to its charm. Menu highlights include crispy rice noodles in sweet and sour sauce, spicy lemongrass salad, and crab meat in acacia red curry.
A jazz band provides Thai music from the 80s while the waiters wear traditional white ratchapatan jackets.
02 224 3088
Le Du is a modern Thai-inspired eatery, offering four courses and four tasting menus that feature centuries-old culinary cultures and seasonal produce sourced from local farmers. The wine list includes many unique and intriguing wines from around the world.
092 919 9969
Chef Pim, who established her reputation in San Francisco, is now at Nahm to pursue her passion for Thai cuisine inher homeland. Maintaining the restaurant’s legacy of quality cuisine forged by the legenadry chef David Thompson, Pim has added her own influences and flavours, which have taken the menu to another level. Musttries include the intense and aromatic red curry duck with snake fruit and sour yellow eggplant.
Como, Sathorn Road
02 625 3333
Located adjacent to the Intercontinental Hotel in the heart of Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong district, Paste serves dishes representative of “heirloom Thai cuisine” based on years of research by chef-owners Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun and her husband Jason Bailey, who discovered century-old recipes and long-forgotten techniques. The attractive interior is dominated by a spiral sculpture made from hundreds of silk cocoons. Signature dishes include roast duck with nutmeg and coriander; fragrant hot and sour soup with crispy pork leg; and yellow curry.
Gaysorn Village, Ploenchit
02 656 1003
Run by celebrity chef Chumpol Jangprai, nominated ambassador of Thai cuisine, R-Haan aims to reflect the way food has influenced Thai people and culture. Food is authentically Thai, offering both regional and Royal Thaicuisine, using ingredients from all over the country. The traditional setting is reminiscent of the early
02 059 0433
Chef Aom’s authentic Thai cuisine is reflected in the restaurant’s name, which means ‘Heaven’ in Thai. Available only in a set 10-course menu, dishes are full of creativity and well executed, providing a truly special journey through Thai flavours, culture and art. The seasonal ingredients are locally sourced, such as organic rice paddy crab from Sing Buri, or squid from a small fishermen’s village in Krabi.
Soi Suan Phlu
02 679 3775
Located at The Oriental Residence Bangkok, Savelberg is the creation of Chef Henk Savelberg, famed for the internationally acclaimed Michelin star restaurant bearing his name in Holland. He is the only Dutch native to be awarded a Michelin star in his four different restaurants, a record which is reflected in his Bangkok operation.
02 650 9880
In a reconstructed old house, Sorn is thematically inspired by the tropical forests of southern Thailand, while ingredients are sustainably sourced from a trusted network of farmers and fishermen. Chefs Khun Ice and Chef Yod from southern Thailand ensure the cuisine is refined and sophisticated. Dishes are mostly slow-cooked, with even the soup double-boiled for six hours. The five-course sharing menus are a must.
099 081 1119
SRA BUA BY KIIN KIIN
Known for its fine dining Thai-inspired dishes created and presented with modern interpretations, Sra Bua by Kiin.
Kiin is the brainchild of Chef Henrik Yde-Andersen whose Kiin Kiin restaurant in Copenhagen is one of the very few Thai restaurants outside Thailand with a Michelin star rating. ‘The Journey’ – an eight-course menu– presents the kitchen’s full repertoire that combines traditional Thai flavours and ingredients but with an interestingly different interpretation.
02 162 9000
Enjoying a beautiful riverside setting north of Bangkok, Suan Thip is the perfect escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Its lush garden of trees and small ponds add to the ambiance, while a Thai-style pavilion is ideal for weddings and celebrations. The refined cuisine is inspired by royal recipes. Many of the staff have been here for decades; even the chef is second generation.
02 583 3748
UPSTAIRS AT MIKKELLER
Set on the second floor above the popular Danish craft beer bar Mikkeller, this chef’s table restaurant is run by chef Dan Bark whose specialty is the 10-course set menu. The décor is decidedly minimalist, allowing the focus to remain on the open kitchen and artful dishes. The menu changes seasonally and has an accompanying beer pairing that includes brews from Denmark, New Zealand and the USA.
02 381 9891
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