MICHELIN has unveiled the first MICHELIN Guide Bangkok, featuring a total of 98 restaurants. This selection highlights how the city embraces international dining without abandoning its own heritage and authentic cuisine – which draws millions of visitors worldwide.
Three restaurants received two stars in the MICHELIN Guide Bangkok 2018: Gaggan, for its creative and artful Indian cuisine, Le Normandie at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel for its sophisticated French cuisine, and Mezzaluna, perched on the 65th floor of the Lebua Hotel, for its delightful five- and seven-course set menus.
The first selection of the MICHELIN Guide Bangkok also awarded 14 restaurants one star, highlighting the quality of local cuisine, as 7 of these one star restaurants offer Thai cuisine prepared by local Thai chefs! Chim by Siam Wisdom revisits traditional Thai recipes to create dishes that strike a balance between the old and the new, and between Thai and foreign influences; Bo.lan.
Saneh Jaan, a restaurant offering Thai dishes that are a mix of classics and hard-to-find recipes like kaengranjuan, a hot and spicy soup. Innovative modern Thai cuisine is also well represented in Bangkok with Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, where the chef respects traditional Thai flavours and ingredients but transforms them to produce something truly creative and original.
Of particular interest, one street food vendor also obtains one star: Jay Fai, where the owner-chef insists on staying at the tiny open kitchen with her homemade charcoal stoves, continuing what her father started 70 years ago, making crab omelettes, crab curries and dry congee.