Amid its formidable street food culture, Bangkok still boasts fabulous fine dining options.
Bangkok, known for a tradition of vibrant and tasty street food, isn’t somewhere that you’d automatically associate with fine dining and Michelin stars. However, the city should be firmly at the top of your gastronomy to-do list if you want to experience taste sensations that are truly unique and beautifully presented. There are more than a dozen restaurants in Bangkok that have been awarded a Michelin star. If you’re on a foodie trip and want a culinary treat, then you should make a restaurant booking you won’t forget.
Good news – yakitori has come to Bangkok in the form of Tori-Tama (18 Park Lane Soi Sukhumvit 63 Road Klong Tan Nuea Wattana Bangkok 10110). It is a celebration of beak-to-tail cookery, where no part of the bird is wasted. Part of the experience is sitting around the open table, taking in the smell of the coals and watching the chefs work. The food is authentic and thoroughly delicious. Make sure that you book your meal at this restaurant well in advance. One of the easiest ways to reserve a table at the restaurants in Bangkok is to use a dedicated booking website – you can even receive seasonal discounts on your food.
Je Ngor is famous in Bangkok, and there are several branches. However, the one at Soi Sukhumvit (68/2 Soi Sukhumvit 20, Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, 10110) is Michelin-star worthy. The interior is beautifully designed; it is chic and elegant – perfect for a special occasion. The black pepper crab with garlic comes highly recommended, and there are plenty of Thai-Chinese specialities for you to try.
The food at Baan Suriyasai (174 Surawong Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok, 10500) is beautifully presented and superbly spiced. The 100-year old colonial building that the restaurant is in adds to the distinguished atmosphere – fine dining at its best. Many of the recipes on the menu would have once only been on the tables of royalty. These include the watermelon that is decorated with delicately toasted fish flakes. The house signature dish is a stunning five-spice stew that is served with a perfectly cooked medium boiled egg. If you want to have a private meal, there are rooms available for up to 22 diners.
Bangkok is home to some incredible restaurants that are offering both traditional and fusion food with a twist. You can expect a unique fine dining experience that you will want to keep coming back for.