Bangkok’s First Michelin-Star Restaurants Have Been Announced
The first ever Michelin Guide Thailand was unveiled yesterday at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok hotel. Ninety-eight Bangkok restaurants made the guide, with 17 of them receiving Michelin stars.
Leading the charge were Gaggan, Le Normandie and Mezzaluna with two stars each, while Jay Fai was the only one of Bangkok’s awesome street eats to win a Michelin star. A further 27 street-food vendors made the guide with Bib Gourmand and Michelin Plate recognition (see below).
No Bangkok restaurants managed to win the coveted and incredibly rare three Michelin-star accolade, of which there was just 127 in the world in 2016.
Back in February, the Thai government signed a five-year contract with Michelin, worth around B143.5 million, to launch the yearly guide covering Bangkok only in its debut edition.
Multiple inspectors visited potential restaurants multiple times anonymously and paid their own bills, judging restaurants for their quality of ingredients, cooking techniques, chef’s personality, value for money and consistency.
The ranking goes from one to three stars, with one dubbed “a very good restaurant in its category” and three being “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.”
Two Michelin Stars (excellent cuisine, worth a detour):
- Le Normandie
One Michelin Star (high-quality cooking, worth a stop):
- Chim by Siam Wisdom
- Ginza Sushi Ichi
- J’aime by Jean-Michel Loraine
- L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
- Saneh Jaan
- Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin
- Upstairs at Mikkeller
- Jay Fai