The arrival of the prestigious Michelin guide in Thailand has heralded in a new era for gourmet food lovers in Asia. The Bangkok dining scene has been blowing up as the local cuisine takes its place on the world stage. You are invited to step into exclusive world of fine dining where avant-garde cuisine never seems to go out of style. Get inspired by this “haute cuisine” from Bangkok’s most celebrated award-winning restaurants as these delightful savory dishes are bound to stir the soul, fire the imagination and deliver an unforgettable dining experience.
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Delightfully rustic and charming, Canvas distinguishes itself by redefining what local food is by creating “Inspirational Bangkokian Cuisine”. Chef Riley Sanders heads up the kitchen, and his simple philosophy of combining progressive modern cooking techniques, with 100% locally sourced ingredients from Thailand make for a one-of-a-kind dining experience that you will find nowhere else in the world. Try the Charred Sweet Corn, Green Chili, Tomme de Chiang Rai, Fish Sauce & Egg Yolk. This dish is so visually pleasing that you almost don’t want to eat it. The corn is crushed and thickened with its own milk, and it coalesces into an ostentatious dish that is other-worldly. This is perfection on a plate with all the ingredients celebrating one another in a truly delightful way.
Perched on the 65th floor of the iconic Le Bua tower, Mezzaluna stands apart for more than a few good reasons. Chef Ryuki Kakwasakithe creates contemporary French cuisine with a Japanese twist, and you can expect to enjoy a unique fine dining experience unlike any other. Mezzaluna is a longtime favorite haunt for locals and VIP’s, and they are the epitome of fine dining with all the old school regalia including a semi-formal dress code, a live four-piece quartet band and a stunning wine cellar with rarified vintages that will put even the most discerning wine aficionados on notice. Without a doubt, the Niigata Murakami Wagyu Beef A5 Grilled over White Bincho Charcoal w/ Black Olive Crust, Baby Octopus, Artichoke Barigoule & Piquillo Pepper is the “Piece de Resistance “. Pair with a complex and rich Clarendelle Rouge by Haut Brion Bordeaux, 2011 which balances the succulent, fatty richness of the beef in the most sublime and delightful way.
Cuisine de Garden
Cuisine de Garden is serious about highlighting the concept of the “nature” theme in everything from the food to the décor and beyond. Chef Nan, Leelawat Mankongtiphan, is the mastermind behind the concept and in the kitchen and he creates stunning modern European cuisine by pairing indigenous Thai produce with the finest imported ingredients. You will discover beautifully presented seasonal dishes that are both thoughtful and well executed. The menu highlights the natural elements that inspired each dish, be it a water lily, the moon, or a simple egg. One thrilling dish is the WATER LILIES of Pan Roasted Halibut w/ Grilled Pickled Lotus Stem, Lotus Seed & Pennywort Purée which almost melts in your mouth and is immensely satisfying.
The passion project of world-renowned Michelin star Chef Jean Michel Lorain, J’AIME is a fine dining French restaurant that is built on the principles of family and tradition. J’AIME is special because they take the snobbery out of fine dining and make even everyday dining feel like a special occasion. You don’t want to miss their the brilliantly perfected Pan-Seared Scallops w/ Ibérico Lomo, Jerusalem Artichokes & Watercress Salad which a perfectly executed dish that is devoid of any rich or heavy sauces, so it can be enjoyed in its purest form. It is a stunning accomplishment that reinterprets the classic ingredients in a truly exceptional way.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Sultry and sophisticated, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon epitomizes chic urban dining. With the focus firmly on haute French cuisine, they are renowned for delivering a dynamic dining experience where cutting-edge cuisine weaves an intoxicating blend of both style and substance. The Apple & Beetroot Tartare w/ Guacamole & Green Mustard Sherbet is a prime example of a perfectly executed dish that is as beautiful to eat as it is to look at. This ethereal masterpiece tantalizes the palate and leaves you wanting more. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is truly a unique world unto itself where impeccable service and cutting-edge cuisine are par for the course. They manage to not only exceed expectations but also set a new standard of fine dining in Bangkok.
The Dining Room @ House on Sathorn
Often touted as Bangkok’s first “culinary experience destination” the Dining Room at the House on Sathorn is a 126-year-old colonial mansion that was the former Russian Embassy. This stunning neo-classic building oozes a palpable sense of old world charm and nobility. Executive Chef Fatih Tutak serves “Asian inspired artisanal cuisine” and each dish has a story behind it which is based on his personal experiences. Enjoy beautifully plated cuisine that is incredibly thoughtful and well balanced, and the Early Morning at Tsukiji Market is a prime example. Undeniably fresh and delicate, this rich buttery Bluefin tuna served with avocado and wasabi has the power to immediately transport you Japan with just one bite.
The passion project of German twin chefs Thomas and Mathias Suhring, this restaurant reinvents humble German fare by taking traditional ingredients and using modern cooking techniques to showcase the cuisine. Much of the menu is inspired by family recipes from the twins, and they pride themselves on offering dishes which are thoughtful, restrained and prepared with integrity and skill. Be sure to try the Hungarian Duck w/Pumpkin & Liquorice Jus. Served a blushing pink, it’s the perfect alchemy between juicy meat, crispy skin and earthy umami flavor profiles. This is a true labor of love that showcases the best of modern German fare inspired by family recipes from their grandmother yet elevated to the level of haute cuisine.
Dining at Enoteca is the antithesis of a quick fix and will appeal to anyone who appreciates the sublime pleasure of fine dining. You will experience modern interpretations of classic Italian cuisine that never forget to focus on the flavor. Enoteca has a rarefied wine cellar which features more than 1400 top shelf wines including some varietals that are unique to the venue. Located in a restored historic home, it is warm and inviting, without being pretentious. Be sure to try their mind-blowing “Lasagna 2017” which is a deconstructed version of the classic favorite. Playing with the contrast between texture, temperature, and taste, it delivers truly authentic flavors in a masterful and thoughtful way. For wine go strictly Italian, and both the Abbazia Kerner, 2010; and the Broglia Gavi di Gavi DOCG, 2015 are nice options that go well with the cuisine.
Il Fumo, which means “smoke” in Italian, is a Steakhouse that focuses on high-quality meat and seafood being cooked over a charcoal grill. It’s a fine dining establishment with a keen eye for the details and even the almond wood, olive wood and cherry wood are imported directly from Italy to impart the best flavor. Located in an elegantly renovated historic home, the venue exudes a rustic and masculine charm and all the cuisine is simply prepared with an enduring respect for highlighting the quality of the ingredients. One of the most unforgettable dishes on the menu is the Wood Charcoal Grilled Octopus Tentacle w/Potatoes Cooked Under Ash, Taggiasche Olives &Green Beans. This is a sultry and sexy dish which features the achingly tender octopus slightly charred with an evocative hint of smoke that permeates every molecule of the flesh.
Melissa is a passionate foodie, travel writer, and editor working in media internationally and in the USA. She has lived in Bangkok since 2004 and has a background in the travel industry. Melissa’s writing has been published globally in many prestigious online and print magazines for over a decade. Her motto for life is “You cannot live or love well if you have not wined and dined well!”