In Thailand, visitors have a paradise of culinary experiences, waiting to be explored. Complimenting this love for cuisine, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with Michelin, has unveiled the second Michelin Guide in Thailand edition that continues to celebrate the kingdom’s dynamic culinary evolution. The new Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019, is an expanded edition, featuring not only the capital, but also the surrounding cities. The guide offers culinary information in Bangkok, Phuket, Phang Nga as well as Bangkok’s surrounding provinces—Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, and Samut Prakan. In this edition, 217 dining and 67 lodging establishments are featured, with a total of four two-star restaurants, of which one is a new addition, and 23 one-star establishments, of which 10 are new additions.
The governor of TAT, Yuthasak Supasorn, said “Bangkok and its surrounding provinces are long-known as a melting pot of Thai culinary culture, but Phuket and Phang Nga are offering as plenty as fantastic gastronomic experiences. Thailand is indeed a world-class dining destination, and TAT is very pleased that Michelin has recognised this and has been helping to enhance the awareness among travellers from around the world.”
In the 2019 edition, all of the two-star restaurants from the previous selection—Gaggan, Le Normandie, and Mezzaluna—retain their awards. The only addition, moving from one star to two, is Sühring, which offers unique and contemporary European dishes with the modern German cooking.
Of the 23 one-star establishments in this edition, Le Du and Gaa are the only two restaurants that progress from the ‘Plate’—a designation given to restaurants for a good meal with fresh ingredients and capable preparation—to earn one star, while eight are new entries.
Among these new entries, five are located in Central Bangkok—Canvas, Methavalai Sorndaeng, R-Haan, Saawan and the Sorn.
The other two one-star restaurants are located within Bangkok’s vicinity—the Ruean Panya (in Samut Sakhon province) and the Suan Thip (in Nonthaburi province).
There is one restaurant in Phuket, awarded one star—PRU, a sophisticated restaurant, tucked inside a luxury resort, offering delicate and neatly presented dishes created using many ingredients sourced from its own 96-hectare organic farm. In addition, three restaurants previously with one star, namely Elements, Nahm, and Saneh Jaan, have retained their awards, despite having new chefs at the helm.
The food lovers who wish to explore the cuisine of these destination can procure the complete selection of the Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019 from the Michelin website. It is available in a bilingual digital edition (Thai and English) and a print version can be boiught at leading bookstores for 650 Baht.
Writer and Courtesy: The Pioneer