Bangkok is quickly making its way into lists of the world’s top culinary cities.
The little red guide, Michelin awarded 27 restaurants in Thailand for its second year. One was a single street food vendor; Jay Fai, known for its crab omelettes had maintained its one-star accolade from last year. The eatery joins ten other establishments who were awarded with one star each; Canvas, Gaa, Le Du, Methavalai Sorndaeg, PRU, R-Haan, Ruean Panya, Saawaan, Sorn and Suan Thip.
Gaa, who won its first Michelin star, is operated by alumnus of Le Cordon Bleu, Indian chef Garima Arora. She was also the first female Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star. Gaa and Le Du were the only restaurants in Bangkok to progress from the “Plate” – a designation given to restaurants for a good meal with fresh ingredients and capable preparation – to one star.
The two-star category included contemporary European restaurant in Bangkok, Sühring which was awarded one star last year, and three other restaurants – Gaggan, Le Normandie and Mezzaluna.
Two Michelin Star Restaurants – What the Inspectors Said
Gaggan – Bangkok (Innovative)
Chef-owner Gaggan Anand takes Indian cuisine to a rarely seen level and one that is pure alchemy. His artful dishes are original and creative, with a wonderful blend of textures, flavours, and delicate spicing. To see the dishes unfold before you, ask for the counter. It’s a feast for the senses as dishes are delivered at a rapid pace by the passionate staff. With 30 chefs in the kitchen there’s plenty of manpower on hand to deliver a memorable experience.
Le Normandie – Bangkok (French Contemporary)
Since opening in 1958, Le Normandie at The Mandarin Oriental has earned a reputation as a premier destination for those looking for sophisticated French cuisine. The restaurant was refurbished in 2015 but certain elements – like floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Chao Phraya River and elaborate flower arrangements filled with local flora – remain the same. Superb ingredients, refined techniques, and well executed combinations of flavours and textures ensure its reputation is deserved. Service is impeccable.
Mezzaluna – Bangkok (French Contemporary)
Perched on the 65th floor of the lebua Hotel, Mezzaluna offers sky-high and breathtaking views. Toast to the high life at Sky Bar before settling in for a gastronomic journey. The accomplished chef and his team deliver European delights with Japanese precision in seven-course set menu, along with some surprises. The flavours are balanced and sophisticated, and the food is creative and technically precise. A wine list of substantial proportions and prices accompanies.
Sühring (promoted from one star in 2018) – Bangkok (European Contemporary)
Dining here is a homely affair as it’s located in a restored townhouse in a quiet neighbourhood. Brothers Mathias and Thomas Sühring deliver their very own style of modern German cooking that is sometimes playful, sometimes classic and always prepared with care. A la carte menus are available, but it would be a shame to shy away from the 13-course ‘classic’ and ‘experience’ menus. The knowledgeable sommelier is in charge of an outstanding list of German and Alsatian wine.
As of now, there are no three-star restaurants in the guide. No Phang-nga restaurant also made it on the list.
Restaurants with two Michelin stars
Restaurant Sühring (New), see their profile here!
Restaurants with one Michelin star
Chim by Siam Wisdom
Ginza Sushi Ichi
J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorrain
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Le Du (New) See his profile here!
Methavalai Sorndaeng (New)
Ruean Panya (New)
Suan Thip (New)
Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin
Upstairs at Mikkeller