There’s no denying that Thailand is a food paradise. However, recognition for fine-dining has only happened in more recent times. As the 29th country in the world to hold a self-titled Michelin Guide, Thailand announced its third edition of the book last week and we were delighted to find our top Thai restaurants have made it on the list.
This year marks the first time The Michelin Guide has gone beyond Bangkok, Phuket, and Phang-Nga — expanding further to the Capital of Northern Thailand with the addition of Chiang Mai. At the same time, Michelin had also announced the recipients for the Bib Gourmand distinction, resulting in the total number of recognised restaurants jumping to 282.
Twenty nine of those restaurants were awarded Michelin stars and included some of our fine-dining favourites in Bangkok. So, before you book your flights, here’s the full list of Michelin-starred restaurants in the Thai capital, along with our top Bangkok tables to make reservations at.
One Michelin Star
24 Soi Sukhumvit 53, Vadhana, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand
Chef duo and married couple Duangporn Songvisava (Bo) and Dylan Jones (lan) get it royally right with Bo.Lan. Here, not only are royal Thai recipes brought to life with exceptional flavours and textures, but they also focus on sustainability with the use of organic ingredients from artisan and local producers.
4. Chef’s Table*
5. Chim by Siam Wisdom
8. Ginza Sushi Ichi
9. J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain
10. Jay Fai
12. Le Du
13. Methavalai Sorndaeng
27 Sathon Tai Road, Sathon, Bangkok, Thailand
Having made a name for herself in San Francisco, Chef Pim Techamuanvivit took over the helm at Nahm in 2018 and has once again, reaffirmed her award-winning credentials at the restaurant. Bringing her inventive flair to the menu, Nahm’s menu showcases quality cuisine with intense and fresh flavours running throughout.
999 Phloen Chit Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand
Chef Bee does it again and Paste remains one of the best restaurants in Bangkok. Her innovative take on the century-old recipes are definitely worth sampling when you’re in the Thai capital.
17. Ruean Punya
19. Saneh Chaan
21. Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin
22. Suan Thip
23 Table 38*
Two Michelin Stars
25. Le Normandie
56 Soi Sukhumvit 26, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand
New on the list is the Southern Thai-inspired restaurant Sorn, by chef-owners Khun Ice and Yodkwan U-Pumpruk. In what can be described as a refined, but no less fiery cuisine, their menu focuses on long lost recipes and in turn, has successfully won the hearts of many Thais and worldwide foodies alike.
10 Soi Yen Akat 3, Yan Nawa, Bangkok, Thailand
Other than Thai cuisine, Bangkok is also home to some fantastic European restaurants — one of which is Sühring. Created by twins Thomas and Mathias Sühring, the menu offers a light and modern take on German cuisine with techniques such as pickling and curing, with a focus on the beautifully presented dishes.
*denotes a new restaurant on the list
The Michelin Guide Thailand 2020 will be released at the end of 2019. For the full list, including Bib Gourmand restaurants, visit the website here.