With its vibrant capital, mazes of jungles and awe-inspiring islands, Thailand never fails to delight the senses. Its food is no exception and, with the Michelin guide debuting in Bangkok for the first time this year, there is no better time to explore some of the best restaurants and prix-fixe options in Bangkok.
Bangkok serves up an eclectic mix of street foods and Michelin-starred restaurants, all at a fraction of what you would pay in cities like London and Paris, all without compromising quality. While we will never pass up mango sticky rice along Soi 38, there is no better time to splurge one night and have something transformative.
Cassie Leventhal, a New York City-based fashion executive, considers Thailand to be her second home. She can often be found in Bangkok, and while she’s there, enjoys sampling the latest and greatest of the city’s cuisine. We got her take on the best restaurants in Bangkok.
“Bangkok is known worldwide for its eclectic array of street food, but its fine dining scene has been slowly percolating since 2010,” she said. “I’m excited to share a few of my favorite with you.”
5.) Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Bangkok: Bo.Lan
Husband and wife team Dylan ‘Lan’ Jones and Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava (voted Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2013) bring traditional Thai cuisine to Bo.Lan. Drawing influence from a mix of spicy street food, home-cooking, and palace-style cuisine the two bring fine cuisine to Bangkok.
The chefs use only locally sourced, organic products, and strive to maintain a zero carbon footprint kitchen. Doing so entails a vegetable garden, an elaborate waste-recycling system, as well as a water-filtering system.
Dinner is only served in set menus, sharing style, with the option to choose from three degustation menus. The plates are “course-prohibited”, meaning all dishes are served at the same time as opposed to by course. Favorites include Stir-fried Prawns with Paddy Oat Leaves, Red Curry of Phang Nga Chicken with Young Jackfruit, and Salad of Phang Nga Chicken.
Ms. Leventhal counts it on her list of best restaurants in Bangkok and suggests getting an 8:00 PM reservation so you can first enjoy the sunset. “Bar Octave is located just down the street and has the most charming rooftop bar. Start there, savor in a happy hour sunset, and then make your way to Bo.Lan,” she says.
Price range: 200-800 BHT+ ($6 – $25)
Location: 24 Soi Sukhumvit 53, Vadhana, Bangkok
Phone number: +66 2 260 2961