In a country where the aroma and sight of food is ever-present, it comes as no surprise that this food nation is garlanded with a galaxy of Michelin stars. The recently announced Michelin Guide Thailand 2020 has already prompted local residents and foodies around the world to plot their next meal.
Announced earlier today at at Bangkok Marriott Hotel – The Surawongse, the third edition of the Thailand guide features 29 restaurants with Michelin stars, including four new restaurants. However, just like last year, no eateries received three Michelin stars.
The biggest winners of the day were R-Haan and Sorn, both of which received two stars – a promotion from just one star in the previous year. Supaksorn Jongsiri of Sorn, an establishment that focuses on long lost recipes and the art of local cuisine set in a constructed old house, dedicated his win to the farmers of Thailand.
“I cried tears of joy today. But this past year, the farmers in the south didn’t cry of joy, but they cried because they can’t sell mangosteen. That’s why my menu has Thai Cuisine,” says the Thai chef who began his culinary journey at a young age as an apprentice to his grandmother who opened the original Baan Ice restaurant.
After extending the guide to Phuket and Phang Nga last year, Trisara resort’s farm-to-table restaurants Pru is still the only Phuket restaurant to have snagged a Michelin star. Chiang Mai was also included in the guide but no restaurants were awarded a star. The good news is, 17 restaurants in this Northern part of Thailand were awarded Bib Gourmand status, including Huen Muan Jai and SP Chicken.
The Bib Gourmand recognises affordable restaurants that offer exceptional food, and they must offer menu items priced below a maximum determined by local economic standards. The star ranking goes from one to three stars, with one dubbed “a very good restaurant in its category” and three being “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.”
Fresh to this year's list are Table 38 by New York's Michelin-starred Thai chef Andy Yang; Chef's Table by Hong Kong's 3-Michelin-starred French Chef Vincent Thierry; 80/20 innovative cuisine restaurant; and Khao Thai restaurant, all from Bangkok.
Here are this year’s star rankings in full:
Chef's Table NEW
Chim by Siam Wisdom
Ginza Sushi Ichi
Ruen Panya (MINBURI)
Sra Bua by Kiin Kin
Table 38 NEW
Options had the opportunity to dine at some of the most prominent Michelin-starred restaurants in Bangkok. For a preview of what you can expect, pick up a copy of Options this week (Nov 11).