CULI­NARY JOUR­NEY

A look at the city’s re­fined culi­nary scene.

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Take a jour­ney around Bangkok to see some of our best pick Miche­lin-starred restau­rants.

As the most-vis­ited city in South­east Asia, Bangkok un­de­ni­ably holds a cer­tain charm that be­daz­zles trav­ellers into vis­it­ing again and again. The city is a won­drous ca­coph­ony of tra­di­tional cul­tural her­itage and val­ues, vi­brant city scenes, lux­ury lifestyle des­ti­na­tions and most im­por­tantly, an end­less se­lec­tion of de­li­cious cui­sine. More and more peo­ple visit Bangkok for the sole rea­son of ex­plor­ing the culi­nary scene.

These days, Bangkok's gas­tro-scene is not just about the vi­va­cious street food. Lav­ish din­ing is tak­ing over the city, with al­lur­ing and in­trigu­ing din­ing pro­grammes on of­fer, such as trendy rooftop bars and din­ner cruises – both of­fer­ing great views over fan­tas­tic food.

Just late last year, the world's most soughtafter ho­tel and restau­rant ref­er­ence guide, the Miche­lin Guide, launched its first Bangkok edi­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Tourism Au­thor­ity of Thai­land (TAT). Out­stand­ing restau­rants with house­hold-name chefs are hon­oured with the pres­ti­gious star-rat­ing sys­tem, while note­wor­thy smaller F&B es­tab­lish­ments re­ceived Miche­lin's The Plate and Bib Gour­mand badges. This fur­ther high­lights the city as a gas­tro­nomic des­ti­na­tion, where nu­mer­ous trav­ellers spend their en­tire hol­i­day tour­ing the Miche­lin-approved restau­rants and cafes. The list is quite ex­pan­sive, and while all the places are worth try­ing, we've cho­sen some of the best ones that caught our at­ten­tion.

Paste Bangkok is where you need to go if you want to ex­pe­ri­ence age-old Thai flavours on your palate. Lo­cated in the heart of Ratchapra­song district, Paste Bangkok is helmed by Bongkoch “Bee” Sa­tongun, who has a pen­chant for re­dis­cov­er­ing au­then­tic flavours of tra­di­tional Thai cui­sine and bring­ing them to a re­fined, el­e­vated level. This pas­sion was first ig­nited by her fam­i­ly­heir­loom cook­books, in ad­di­tion to her com­mit­ment to us­ing the best Thai pro­duce.

Mean­while in the busy area of Pathumwan, at Siam Kempin­ski Ho­tel Bangkok to be ex­act, is Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, which was first con­cep­tu­alised by in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Chef Hen­rik Yde An­der­sen from the suc­cess of one

Miche­lin-starred Kiin Kiin restau­rant in Copenhagen. Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin shines un­der the lead­er­ship of Head Chef Chayawee “Berm” Sutchar­itchan.

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin gained well-de­served recog­ni­tion for its bold­ness and cre­ativ­ity in com­bin­ing orig­i­nal Thai in­gre­di­ents and recipes with in­ter­na­tional tech­niques and in­no­va­tively mod­ern touches. The fa­mil­iar flavours of tra­di­tional Thai cui­sine are vi­brant and sim­i­lar to the orig­i­nals, but the pre­sen­ta­tion is out of this world – def­i­nitely not your reg­u­lar home-style cook­ing.

Imag­ine curry served with an ice cream tex­ture and tem­per­a­ture, or im­pres­sive bites of lob­ster wrapped in­side gelati­nous pearls that melt in your mouth re­veal­ing Tom

Yam broth. The restau­rant takes pride in mak­ing ev­ery­thing from scratch, from fish sauce to prawn crack­ers. With Chayawee's ea­ger­ness to work hard and have fun with his cre­ations, it's not a sur­prise that Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin is one of the most buzzing restau­rants in Bangkok.

For the third high­light, we're go­ing to steer away from Thai cui­sine and visit J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lo­rain – a culi­nary won­der orig­i­nat­ing from the Lo­rain fam­ily ho­tel and restau­rant busi­ness. These days, the fourth gen­er­a­tion of the Lo­rain fam­ily, Ma­rine, is in charge at J'AIME in Bangkok, work­ing to­gether with Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Amerigo

Sesti. The restau­rant is raved about as the best French din­ing des­ti­na­tion in Bangkok, thanks to its com­mit­ment to us­ing the best in­gre­di­ents and in­cor­po­rat­ing fi­nesse and flair in ev­ery dish. Plus, its com­bi­na­tion of lav­ish clas­sic setup and unique up­side-down in­te­rior de­sign con­cept makes J'AIME un­for­get­table. The afore­men­tioned three din­ing des­ti­na­tions are just the tip of the won­der­fully ap­petis­ing ice­berg. All in all, Bangkok is a city that will grab your heart and make you long to come back again – mostly through your ap­petite.

Tourism Au­thor­ity of Thai­land

(wisa­tathai­land.com)

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