7 Predictions for Michelin Star Restaurants in Bangkok

Fancy Restaurants in Bangkok Likely to Be Awarded Michelin Stars

The Bangkok Michelin Guide will aim cover all of the very finest restaurants in the city – including both Thai and international cuisine. Ever since it was announced that the Michelin dining guide will cover Bangkok, the whole industry has been on high alert to come up with menus that will ensure them a spot in the world’s most famous restaurant guide. This will be the sixth in Asia, and is justly deserved for the recent explosion in Bangkok’s fine-dining food culture.

Information about the Bangkok Michelin Guide is so far limited to rumour and hearsay, but there are some restaurants that tick all the right boxes and are pretty much assured of inclusion into the esteemed red book. Fancy French fine-diners are probably going to be among the top awards, although a trend noticed in other Asian Michelin guides is the inclusion of outstanding local joints, street food included. Due to Bangkok’s more lax health and safety regulations, it’s unlikely there will be as many as were included in the Hong Kong or Singapore guides, but we hope that Bangkok’s remarkable local food culture is given the respect it deserves by the world-famous dining guide.

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The imaginative haute cuisine served at Gaggan – already voted number one in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants for three years running – is practically assured of a Michelin star. The innovative molecular Indian cuisine stands out as much for its originality as its whimsical dishes (think yougurt jelly and spinach foam) and, after several years in the limelight, Gaggan continues to wow diners. The layout is also part of the experience; they have retained the original layout of the house, so there are perfect spots to suit different kinds of diner. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 18:00 – 23:00
  • BTS: Chidlom or Ratchadamri
  • Address: 68/1 Soi Langsuan (opposite Soi 3), Ploenchit Road
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 652 1700
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Considering Joël Robuchon has more Michelin stars than any other chef – living or dead – it would be no surprise to see his swanky open-kitchen style pick up one of the top places in the Bangkok guide. There’s a focus on premium delicacies flown in from around the world, be it Dover sole or lamb from the foothills of the Pyrenees. Relentlessly striving for perfection, the style, service and food at Robuchon Bangkok have all stayed true to the philosophy of the brand. However, dining here is never going to be cheap, with a lunch set starting from 950 baht for two courses, and dinner from 5,000 baht for a five-course tasting menu. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30 - 14:00, Dinner 18:30 - 22:00 Everyday
  • BTS: Chong Nonsi, exit 3
  • Address: 5th Floor, MahaNakhon CUBE, Silom
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 001 0698
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Famed for initiating the concept of fine-dining Thai cuisine in the city, Bo.Lan is unwavering in its dedication to authentic Thai recipes. You can sample age-old dishes made from the absolute best ingredients, but presented with the flair of European haute cuisine. To show the lengths this husband and wife team will go to for authenticity, when explaining one of the courses, Chef Dylan even apologised because a certain game bird he would have liked to use (according to the origins of the recipe) has been extinct in Thailand for generations. The dining room is full of Thai touches and there’s a herb garden outside so you know why the mint and basil has so much freshness. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Sat - Sun 12:00 - 14:30, Tue - Sun 18:00 - 22:30 (Closed on Mondays)
  • Address: 24 Sukhumvit 53 (Soi Pai dee ma dee)
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 260 2961-2 (advanced reservation necessary)
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Le Du

Already ranking as our favourite restaurant in all of Bangkok, Le Du’s modern take on Thai cuisine is sure to cross the radar of the Michelin inspectors. What they will find is a host of surprising dishes, well paired wines and excellent value prices. For around 1,000 baht, you can have yourself a gourmet experience of the best of Thai cuisine prepared using methods picked up from around the world. Chef Ton is one of Thailand’s finest young chefs and his creativity will no doubt impress. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 18:00 - 23:00 (Last order 22:00), Closed on Sundays
  • BTS: Chong Nonsi exit 4
  • Address: 399/3 Silom soi 7
  • Tel: +66 (0)92 919 9969

Mezzaluna Bangkok is a truly exceptional fine dining restaurant located on the 65th floor of Tower Club at lebua. Famed for its set menus that come in four or seven courses only, Mezzaluna impresses with a new daily menu of world-class haute cuisine prepared by a visionary chef. Chef Ryuki Kawasaki has worked his way around the world in a game of ‘who’s who’ with culinary giants, including Pierre Gagnaire and Joël Robuchon, so it’s fair to say we had sky-high expectations on our latest visit – all of which were exceeded with aplomb. This is an expensive restaurant (4,900 baht for 4 courses, 5,900 baht for 7 courses) but, if you are looking to dazzle someone on a special occasion, Mezzaluna has it all. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tue - Sun 18:00 - 01:00 (Last order 22:30)
  • Address: 65th floor, Tower Club at lebua Hotel, Silom Road
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 624 9555
Le Normandie

Often referred to as ‘The Grand Old Dame’ of fine-dining in Bangkok, Le Normandie is the quintessential fine dining experience: resplendent dining room, classic French cuisine, diligent service (with detailed explanation of each course) and the gentle tinkling of the grand piano to complement the occasion. Located in the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, dining at Le Normandie is always an occasion to travel for and, for that reason, deserves inclusion on its own. However, Chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier has really revived people’s attention to return once more to try such dishes as marinated beef cheek, foie gras with a plum and port reduction, and Grand Marnier soufflé. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00 - 14:00; Dinner 19:00 - 22:00 (Closed on Sunday)
  • Address: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 659 9000 ext 7390
Som Tum Der

Already a Michelin-star holder thanks to its sister restaurant in New York, there has been a lot of chatter that the original branch of this papaya salad hotspot will be included in the Bangkok Michelin Guide. With hundreds of variations of probably Thailand’s most eaten dish, you can’t get more Thai than this modern eatery. Located in a renovated shophouse in Silom, the everyday vibes and mostly local custom will add some pleasant variation to the more upscale restaurants in the list. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 14:30, 16:30 - 22:30
  • BTS: Sala Deang
  • Address: 5/5 Saladaeng Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 632 4499
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