Bangkok is really stepping up its fine dining offering as food tourism becomes a focus for the bustling city.
As Bangkok prepares to launch its own Michelin Guide, the city's fine dining scene has never been the centre of so much buzz and innovation.
While most tourists think of Thai food in the form of hot and spicy delicacies from hawker stalls, the more seasoned tourists, expats and locals know there exists a thriving international fine dining scene.
The Michelin Guide is reportedly a $50 million investment on behalf of the Bangkok tourism board to help elevate and highlight the culinary offering of the Thai capital, akin to other Asian centres like Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul.
So where should you head first?
With chef and owner Gaggan Anand at the helm, Gaggan has nabbed the number one spot on Asia's Best 50 Restaurants for the past three years. Serving modern Indian cuisine, you're likely to be fascinated by each creative, flavourful dish. You will want to get in soon though. Gaggan is set to close in 2020 as the chef moves on to new ventures in Japan.
Bo.Lan is the culinary child of Duangporn Songvisava and her Australian-born husband, Dylan Jones. The proteges of fellow Aussie, David Thompson, serve up authentic Thai fare with a contemporary edge, and are perhaps best known for using only the finest locally sourced produce, often from their own garden.
Run by twins, Thomas and mathias Sühring, this elegant restaurant concentrates on bringing modern German cuisine to Thailand. Sühring's progressive menu earned it the 13th place on Asia's Best 50 Restaurants.
If you find yourself craving some rustic Italian cuisine in the middle of Bangkok, you absolutely must visit Appia. Chef and owner Paolo Vitaletti is the son of a butcher and aims to deliver the same hearty pastas, stews and roasts he grew up on.
While you grab a delicious Thai lunch or dinner at Issaya, you cannot go without getting dessert! With pastry chef Arisara Chongphanitkul on staff, you need to try coconut crepe souffle or Jasmine flower panna cottta. The lovely terrace and grounds also contribute to a lovely afternoon tea location.
Fine French and Dutch fare collide at this first class dining destination. Chef Henk Savelberg has a history of hoarding Michelin stars, which he's received for four different restaurants in the Netherlands. The menu features a lot of delicate seafood and quality meat and vegetable dishes which wouldn't be out of place in Paris.
Nahm's David Thompson is ocassionally credited with reinvigorating fine dining in Bangkok with his internationally beloved restaurant. You may know the Australian chef's local venture, Long Chim in Sydney, but it is Nahm that is earning him accolades like a spot in the World's Best 50 Restaurants. Located in the Metropolitan by Como hotel you will want to drop in and maybe stay the night just to enjoy the cuisine.
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