Michelin Celebrates More Restaurants in Thailand

Thailand; gastronomy; culture, Michelin

The second edition of the Michelin Guide for 2019 for Thailand includes more restaurants in the Kingdom as Phuket, Phang Nga and surrounding provinces to Bangkok have been integrated. A total of 27 restaurants are now carrying Michelin much expected star distinction.

All food lovers were waiting for it. On Wednesday, Michelin released its newest edition of the Michelin Guide covering not just Bangkok but for the first time Phuket and the neighbouring province of Phang-Nga. It is also the first time that surrounding provinces to Bangkok have been covered : Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon and Samut Prakan are now present with recommended eating places including even two one-star restaurants in Nonthaburi and Samut Sakhon.

In this latest edition, 217 dining as well as 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.

Speaking about the 2019 selection, Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of MICHELIN Guides, said: “This year’s selection highlights the diversity of culinary experiences, both within and outside of Bangkok. We have also seen the blooming trend of the degustation menu, whereby chefs carefully design a complete experience for diners.

For Poullennec. the Michelin Guide Thailand finally shows how the dining scene in Bangkok has gained in maturity, sophistication and authenticity, a level shared by only a small selection of countries 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, where chef brothers, Mathias and Thomas Sühring, offer unique and contemporary European dishes using their very own style of modern German cooking.

 Of the 23 one-star establishments in this latest 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 also located in Central Bangkok.

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 – even the butter is made in-house with milk sourced from Krabi. In total, there is a total of 30 restaurants listed in both Phuket and Phang Nga provinces.

While the choice of Phuket was evident due to the increasing popularity and sophistication of Phuket, why did Michelin choose Phang Nga rather than Chiang Mai or Samui? “We see Phang Nga as a natural extension to Phuket: But I believe that the next step will certainly be Chiang Mai where there is of course a sophisticated dining scene,” told Lionel Dantiaq, President and Managing Director Michelin East Asia-Oceania.

While now two ASEAN countries (Singapore and Thailand) have their Michelin guide, could more countries of the region also have their own guide? “We already have Michelin culinary inspectors travelling around the region to identify. There is certainly a lot of potential in other countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia or Vietnam. However, it is likely to take between three or five years to add new countries on the Michelin Guides’ map,” added Dantiaq.

The complete selection of the MICHELIN Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang-Nga 2019 will be available in a bilingual digital edition (Thai and English) on the website www.guide.michelin.com from 14 November 2018 onwards; and a print version, available at leading bookstores from 16 November 2018.

The 2019 selection of Michelin Guide Thailand at a glance:

·         4 two-star restaurants (1 new)

·         23 one-star restaurants (10 new)

·         72 Bib Gourmand restaurants (42 new)