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Top 12 Must-try Michelin Restaurants in Bangkok

July 08, 2020 - 8700 views

Known for flavorsome taste and extraordinary quality, Michelin food offers the top must-try dishes that every foodaholic should admire in Bangkok. Now let’s take a look at these top 10 Michelin-starred restaurants to try in Bangkok.

Thailand is famous for being a foodie paradise of Southeast Asia, with a great diversity of intense spices and distinctive flavors. Especially, Bangkok is home to amazing street vendors as well as traditional shophouse eateries. Aside from traditional Thai cuisine, Michelin food is one of the main highlights in Bangkok, where boasts most of the Michelin-starred restaurants and street vendors in Thailand. If you are a fan of Michelin culinary, try out these recommendations of the best 10 Michelin-star restaurants and vendors while visiting Bangkok.

The Michelin guide in Bangkok

Currently established in large cities around the world like New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore, a Michelin star features that the restaurants maintaining exceptional quality, including ingredient quality, cooking technique, savory, creativity, and consistency. The restaurants rewarded with Michelin stars are divided into 3 levels of 1, 2, or 3 starred ones.

Since 2018, the international dining guide of Michelin, the famous French tire company, has been started to announce stars for Thailand. It’s the 6th country in Asia, to be deserved for the explosion in Bangkok’s fine-dining food culture. The world’s most famous Michelin guide in Thailand covers all of the finest restaurants and one outstanding street vendor in Bangkok. In addition, the latest 2019 edition of the Michelin guide in Thailand includes other cities like Nonthaburi, Samutsakorn, and Phuket.

From 17 starred restaurants in 2018, the number of Michelin restaurants and vendors has increased to 27 in 2019. The list of Michelin guide Thailand 2019 includes 10 new one-star restaurants, one Phuket’s first Michelin star; but there’s still no three-starred restaurant in Bangkok. The dining guide of Michelin illustrates the full diversity of Bangkok’s dining scene, ranging from high-standard restaurants to the world-famous street food vendor. Not only does the Michelin list contain international cuisine, but the Michelin guide 2019 is also a reflection of Thai culinary with several rising restaurants that specialize in Thai food. When you get ready to discover the culinary tour in Thailand, don’t miss out on the following list of 10 Michelin star restaurants in Bangkok.

Top 12 Michelin restaurants in Bangkok

1. Sühring

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  

Address: 10 Soi Yen Akat 3, Chong Nonsi, Yan Nawa, Bangkok

Price range: 1,800++ baht for 9 courses; 2,500++ baht for 12 courses

Established as the first contemporary German fine dining restaurant in Bangkok, Sühring quickly gained Michelin recognition and high rank at the top of restaurants in Asia. The restaurant is run by the twin German chefs Thomas and Mathias Sühring, who are inspired by their childhood memories, family recipes, and years of traveling experience. As a restored townhouse in the tranquil neighborhood, Sühring features a glass house overlooking a tropical garden, a winter garden offering the most relaxed atmosphere, and an open kitchen where guests can watch the chefs in action.

Sühring - Michelin stared restaurant at Bangkok, Thailand

Sühring at Bangkok, Thailand

Dinner at Sühring is served with tasting menus of 9 or 12 courses and also a la carte menu available, all use seasonal ingredients and a large dose of technical skill. Sühring is known for the "brotzeit" (literally means bread time) sharing selection of bread, spreads, cold cuts and pickles. Especially, the dishes are a combination of traditional dishes and contemporary Central European influences. Besides, you will be overwhelmed by the outstanding list of German and Alsatian wine, with a smattering of new world labels.

Michelin dishes at Sühring, Bangkok

Michelin dishes at Sühring, Bangkok

2. Mezzaluna

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 6:00pm – 01:00am (Last order 10:30pm)

Address: 65th floor, Tower Club at Lebua, 1055 Si Lom Road, Bangkok

Price range: 5,000 baht for 4 courses; 6,000 baht for 7 courses

Set location on the 65th floor of the Lebua Hotel, the two-starred Michelin restaurant of Mezzaluna offers guests the high-end experience at the rooftop. Mezzaluna is famous for its 4-course or 7-course set menus featuring the European delights and Japanese precision. The finest seasonal ingredients from organic farms as well as the balanced and sophisticated flavors have impressed guests coming to Mezzaluna.

The two-starred Michelin restaurant of Mezzaluna

The two-starred Michelin restaurant of Mezzaluna

Among other Michelin restaurants in Bangkok, one highlight making Mezzaluna extraordinary is the French culinary techniques applied to an eclectic variety of world dishes. The dishes here are creatively and precisely created by recipes of the master chef Ryuki Kawasaki. Furthermore, you’ll enjoy the pleasant services and melodic music background in the low lights designed not to detract from the spectacular view at sky-high space. Despite the high budget, Mezzaluna still lies on the first recommendations to dazzle someone on a special occasion.

3. Jay Fai

Opening hours:  Tue – Sat 2:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Address: 327 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Price range: 2,500 baht

Jay Fai is the only one street vendor recognized for the tasty creations of Michelin food in Bangkok. The owner and also chef is 72-year-old Fai Junsuta, who is known for her crab omelets and curries. To be highly respected by the Michelin guide in Bangkok and around the world, Jay Fai is described as a place that both taxi drivers and foodies wax lyrical about. Located in one of Bangkok’s last timeless neighborhoods, where skyscrapers and malls don’t exist, Jay Fai is a little no-frills shophouse eatery.

The 72-year-old owner of Michelin stared restaurant - Jay Fai

The 72-year-old owner of Jay Fai

Like many other street eateries across Bangkok, Jay Fai serves a variety of Thai dishes and incredibly fresh seafood. Besides crab omelet and curries, Jay Fai is famous for drunken noodles like "Pad kee mao" and "Rad na". Despite the relatively high cost of Jay Fai, it’s worth treating yourself a feast at this out-of-the-world Michelin vendor in Bangkok.

The famous crab omelet for Michelin-starred cuisine in Bangkok

The famous crab omelet for Michelin-starred cuisine in Bangkok

4. Nahm

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 7:00pm – 10:15pm; Mon – Fri 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Address: 27 Sathon Tai Road, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok

Price range: 2,500 baht

Nahm is the first Thai restaurant to receive one Michelin star in Bangkok as well as in the world. Run by the Australian-born chef David Thompson, Nahm sets a high standard for authentic haute cuisine Thai cuisine. According to Michelin, the flavors are “intense yet perfectly balanced”. Every dish displays extra creativity and full attention to detail.

Nahm restaurant - Michelin stared restaurant in Bangkok

Nahm restaurant in Bangkok

The must-try list includes the intense and aromatic red curry duck with snake fruit and sour yellow eggplant. The "kanom jeen" rice noodles served with a selection of curries are fabulous, and the blue swimmer crab and pickled garlic on rice cakes are divine. Guests usually come to Nahm for lunch because some folks aren’t ready to fork out for a fancy dinner. You can try a set featuring 3 mains and 3 canapes along with dessert for only 1,600 baht++.

5. Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Address: 991/9 Rama I Road, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok

Price range: 10 course set menu 3,100++ baht

Sra Bua is another Thai restaurant awarded one Michelin star in Bangkok. Every time you want to dine out to overwhelm patrons with dishes of amazing taste, texture, and unique presentation, let’s go to Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, where serves a great diversity of modern and innovative Thai cuisine. With food presentation and taste that can’t get better, this beautiful restaurant is truly a Bangkok experience not to be missed.

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, a one-starred Michelin restaurant in Bangkok

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, a one-starred Michelin restaurant in Bangkok

At Sra Bua, the tom yum soup is served as a broth with prawn noodles accompanied by a bowl of galangal and lemongrass which have been made into cold foams and powders. Try out this combination and you’ll get one of the most amazing renditions of Michelin food in Bangkok. Additionally, the signature of frozen red curry with lobster is served topped with lychee foam and comes on a plate that is smoked with liquid nitrogen.

Lobster salad with the frozen red curry at Sra Bua

Lobster salad with the frozen red curry at Sra Bua

6. Canvas

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Address: 113, 9-10 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Klongton Nua, Watthana, Bangkok

Price range: 2,500 baht

For incredible kitchen creativity using locally sourced Thai ingredients, Canvas is a great option to enjoy superb 6 or 9-course tasting menus of Michelin food in Bangkok. The restaurant showcases the fantastic culinary skills and progressive cooking methods. The seasonal menu changes as a reflection of the best local ingredients at each time of the year.

Canvas restaurant - Michelin restaurant in Bangkok

Canvas restaurant in Bangkok

The cuisine here doesn’t follow any specific category of Thai or Western style. Alternatively, it’s influenced by a mix of international cuisines and local street food, traditional Thai preparations, and modern techniques. Canvas’s goal is to offer guests a unique dining experience: bold, colorful, stimulating, and progressive that could only be in Bangkok.

7. Saawaan

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Address: 39/19 Soi Suanplu, S Sathon Road, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok

Price range: 2,000 baht

Meaning ‘Heaven’ in Thai, Saawaan is where you enjoy the authentic and creative Thai cuisine prepared by Chef Aom, a wildly talented chef. Available only in the 10-course tasting menu, dishes demonstrate the creative concepts and precise techniques that give you a truly special journey through Thai flavors, culinary, and art.

Saawaan restaurant - Michelin restaurant in Bangkok

Saawaan restaurant, Bangkok

The suggestions of Michelin food in Saawaan consist of an amuse-bouche of “kai luk koei”, the “nam pu ma” served as the dip dish, and the “gai kati khao luem pua”, a chicken curry served with pineapple and bamboo shoot. Add to this, you can find the Bangkok’s best wine pairings in Saawaan, along with the attentive service, the exquisite surroundings which make you’ve got all the trappings of an unforgettable “heavenly” Michelin dining in Bangkok.

8. Le Normandie

Opening hours: Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Dinner 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Closed on Sundays)

Address: 48 Oriental Ave, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Bang Rak, Bangkok

Price range: 1,800 – 7,500 baht

Being one of two Michelin-starred restaurants in Bangkok, Le Normandie has earned a high reputation as a premier destination for those looking for classy French cuisine and outstanding wine collection. Located on the top floor of The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Le Normandie boasts elegant ambiance, where elaborate flower arrangements are filled with local flora and the floor-to-ceiling windows offer breathtaking views over the Chao Phraya River.

Le Normandie, a restaurant with two Michelin stars in Bangkok

Le Normandie, a restaurant with two Michelin stars in Bangkok

Since the establishment for nearly 60 years, Le Normandie is always a star attraction in Bangkok thanks to its superb ingredients, exquisite produce, and well-executed combinations of flavors and textures. The best highlight here is duck foie gras terrine with the rich meaty flavor of the foie gras and the sweetness of a plum sauce and port reduction. This dish is perfectly combined with the fragrant and sweet 2005 Muscat Goldert, which gives the right level of sweetness to complement that hearty terrine. The second-best must be marinated beef cheek with the potato espuma hiding the meat below. Plus, Grand Marnier soufflé, the lobster bisque and roasted Sisteron rack of lamb are some of the great options to experience the quintessential fine dining experience at this two-starred Michelin restaurant in Bangkok.

9. Bo.Lan

Opening hours: Thursday – Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday – Saturday 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)

Address: 24 Sukhumvit Soi 53, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110

Price range: 1,000++ baht for lunch and 2,680++ baht for dinner

Awarded with 1 Michelin Star, Bo.Lan is a long-established Thai restaurant in the concept of authentic Thai cuisine. This Michelin restaurant in Bangkok uses the best local and organic ingredients which are available seasonally. There is the herb garden outside to provide the menu with fresh mint and basil. Bo.Lan usually serves set menus, including ‘Bo.Lan Lunch’ during daytime and ‘Bo.Lan Botanical’, ‘Bo.Lan Balance’, ‘Bo.Lan Feast’ for dinner. Like other Bangkok’s Michelin restaurants, Bo.Lan offers sets including sweet and savory courses, which can be accompanied by wine pairings.

Bo.Lan, a one-starred Michelin restaurant in Bangkok

Bo.Lan, a one-starred Michelin restaurant in Bangkok

10. Elements

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Address: 57 Wireless Road, Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

Price range: 2,800 – 4,400++ baht

With the elegant interior design and open kitchen, dinner at Elements is truly mesmerizing experience at Michelin restaurants in Bangkok. Elements get the Michelin one-star award in two consecutive years as well as the praise for a perfect blend between French and Japanese cuisine. The Michelin menus combine traditional French techniques with a high-quality collection of Japanese tastes to love from the first bite. The highlight here is Takumi, a brand-new tasting menu focusing on ingredients from small and hyper-specialized sources. You can choose the 5-course ‘Ume’, the 6-course ‘Take’ or the 7-course ‘Matsu’ as the main course at Elements.

Takumi, the seasonal dish at Elements  - one of Michelin restaurant in Bangkok

Takumi, the seasonal dish at Elements 

11. J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain

Opening hours: Wednesday – Monday 12:00pm – 2:30pm and 6:00pm – 10:00pm; the last Sunday of each month 12:00pm – 3:00pm (closed on Tuesdays)

Address: U Sathorn Bangkok, 105/1 Soi Ngam Duphli, Thung Maha Mek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120

Price range: 2,900++ baht without the alcohol

J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain indicates the genuine French culinary blended with the Asian twist in the heart of Bangkok. You can feel the theme of original French cuisine illustrated in every process, from ingredient selection to cooking method. The restaurant servers full options of lunch, dinner, a la carte dishes as well as full-course meals. Along with the best Michelin experience at J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain, you can admire the captivating ‘Upside Down’ concept, from the grand piano on the ceiling to the upturned lamps on the floor.

'Upside Down' concept at J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain - Michelin restaurant in Bangkok

'Upside Down' concept at J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain

12. Le Du

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (closed on Sundays)

Address: 399/3 Silom 7 Alley, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500

Price range: 2,300 – 3,600 baht

At the 14th rank of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Le Du is a Michelin one-starred restaurant focusing on contemporary Thai cuisine in Bangkok. Le Du is inspired by a Thailand’s Top Chef named “Ton” Thitid, who breathes new life into classic Thai recipes. There are 4- and 6-course meals served with sweet and savory items at Le Du. If you got to Le Du in summer, try out the signature Khao Chae – the organic rice cooked with salty aromatic shrimp paste and Khao Khluk Kapi – the pork jam served with river prawns.

The signature Khao Chae at Le Du - a Michelin restaurant in Bangkok

The signature Khao Chae at Le Du, Bangkok

Here’re the suggestions of the most must-try Michelin restaurants in Bangkok. Let your holiday in Thailand treat you with a Michelin food tour around the various types of restaurants and vendors in Bangkok. You can check here for the most favorable tours to Thailand. Go exploring the Michelin culinary experience in Thailand with BestPrice Travel!

Hong Nhung

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