Michelin Star – Bangkok’s Best Restaurant: J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain At U Sathorn Hotel


When friends ask me where would you recommend to dine in Bangkok, J’AIME always pops up as one my top recommendation list. The restaurant located in Soi Ngam Duphli, not far from MRT Lumpini Station on Sathorn road. Here are some of the reasons why we love this restaurant.

Jean-Michel Lorain of Cote Saint Jacques in Joigny, Burgundy, France, was the youngest chef in France to be awarded the coveted three Michelin stars. At J’AIME, Amerigo Sesti is in charge of the kitchen and his daughter Marine Lorain for front of house as Maitre d’.

The team made this restaurant listed in first Bangkok’s Michelin guide and also ranks on the top 5 for French fine dining, an enduring popularity for its French flair. The kitchen under the watchful and exacting eye of Chef Amerigo Sesti.

Today, they also have extra hands to assist in the kitchen. Yoan Martin, a young dynamic sous chef who has done an excellent job here for almost 2 years and has actively participated to the engineering of the menus.

Always great memories and pleasure to visit this friendly dining and elegant restaurant and see what the brigade has to unveil! We recently re-visited J’AIME and experienced some of the new menus and signature dishes. Here is a glimpse of our experience from the night. Wine pairing menus are also available upon request.

Using local produces combined with French flair, the team made the radical decision to serve their dishes with zero compromise on its authentic French taste.

The new set menu and signature dishes have been created by Michelin Star Chef Amerigo who loves and embraces a great passion to cook with local ingredients and flavours.

Papaya soup anyone?  Serving with pickled garlic, celery, organic Chiang Mai vinegar and croutons. Great surprise soup, using local farm papaya, you will enjoy smooth, creamy and butter-like texture with tomato buttery flavors. We love it!

Scallop and sea urchin tartare, clams, local pickled chanterelle, cauliflower and black winter truffle

Ratatouille cannelloni, squid, roasted tomato and oregano fumet. A clever combination of this French vegetable provencal stew and Italian pastas…with stuffed squid and balanced minty bold notes of oregano.

Pan-seared foie gras in a lemon balm and fish sauce consommé, tomato, wild rocket and Uraiwan farm lemon confit. A twist to this foie gras dish with imported Foie gras perfumed with lemon balm and surprising fish sauce flavored stock as well as local lemon confit for a lemon oil soaked zest.

Steamed Ume Madai served with celeriac julienne and truffle butter – a signature dish not to miss with earthy aromas and scent that enhance the fish and intensify its savory flavor, remarkable signature dish!!

Pan-seared Korat Thai Wagyu beef fillet, Hajikami, radishes, sweet and sour split jus. When all ingredients come around to pair with one for a decadent harmony. Raise the same way as Kobe beef, this Japanese Angus is a prime-quality juicy cut and very tender. Sweet and sour notes overall that do not overpower the finesse of the meat.

Th-Fr-It Cheese selection – Chef Amerigo and his team travelled around the country to bring you some great gourmet garage cheeses, soft & hard locally made. Despite a tricky environment to produce milk and mature the cheeses, this has been a real good surprise! Great to see local artisans being selected by Michelin star restaurant in Bangkok.

Fruit salad with a scent of Provence – smooth and fruity assortment of melon and almond, a “clin d’oeil” to the popular sweets from Aix – en – Provence melon- like flavor calissons.

Sweet potato, black cardamom and white chocolate – an”out of the box” creation by Chef Yoan Martin…a gardening moment and ” trompe l’oeil” with chocolate crumble, sweet potatoes for a perfect illusion.

The interior is also unique here with beautiful decor and set up. It is set in friendly, classical French dining settings …very well represented through the culinary team’s creations.

The service team is friendly and knowledgable. Some of them been working here since pre-opening team. They recognise their regular guests and are very helpful and attentive. Always delighted to go back!

Address:  U Sathorn Bangkok, 105, 105/1 Soi Ngam Duphli, Thung Maha Mek Sub-district Sathorn District, Bangkok

Tel: +66 (0)2 119 4899 +66 (0)2 119 4800

Email: reserve@jaime-bangkok.com