Hard work and an uncompromising commitment to culinary excellence has earned Bangkok the right to be one of Asia’s culinary hubs. The mere fact that Michelin Guide have published their first ever Thailand edition is an endorsement that the Kingdom’s culinary scene is getting it right. It’s restaurant’s in Bangkok are also constantly being given international recognition in both The World’s and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants lists. Let’s not forget that awards are little more than a snapshot of a moment in time, it’s every changing and evolving and not written in stone. They are an indication of what to expect but not a cast iron guarantee of what will be delivered.
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By Laurence Civil & Luxury Society Asia team
For those with just one night in Bangkok, dine at Gaggan but do make an appointment well in advance. When the highly talented Chef arrived in Bangkok a decade ago as the opening Chef at the former Red in Thonglor Soi 10, he both innovated and changed the public perception of Indian Restaurants in Bangkok. His culinary turning point was the year of his internship at El Buli to master the art of molecular cuisine and to blossom from being the mad professor in the Laboratory to become the master of the art of innovative Indian cuisine. As a result he has just been awarded 2 Michelin Stars, listed as the Best Restaurant in Asia 2017: an 7th on the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants – hail the Champion.
While most are familiar with the Michelin Star Accolade, some may be less familiar with the Bib Gourmand. There are 35 restaurants that have been recognised as Bib Gourmands for offering “a quality cooked meal for B1,000 or less”. In addition 73 restaurants have been awarded the new Michelin Plate in recognition by the inspectors for offering “simply a good meal.” It’s an attempt to clear up a bit of consumer confusion about the guide.