To most visitors, Bangkok may be the gateway to the rest of Thailand. But for the city’s 8-million residents, it’s a culinary trip around the world. Here is how to travel with your taste buds from East to West with the selection from MICHELIN Guide’s Plate and Bib Gourmand recommendations. With Citibank as your preferred dining partner, you’ll also be eligible for discounts and privileges in each of the following establishments.
Land of the Rising Sun
Thais love Japan, and indubitably Japanese cuisine, as seen in the numerous selections available throughout Bangkok. But for an authentic kaiseki (multi-course fine dining) experience, head to Yamazato at The Okura Prestige, Bangkok. The Omakase Kaiseki (THB 6,500++) must be booked in advance and offers a stunning chef-selected menu that features highly sought-after Japanese ingredients.
With only 10 seats, Sushi Misaki at Rain Hill Plaza on Sukhumvit soi 47 is a minimalist restaurant in every sense of the word. Headed by Chef Misaki, an expert in Edomae-sushi (traditional sushi from the Edo era), the personalised omakase experience will make you forget that you’re in Thailand.
While seafood and beef usually take the spotlight in Japanese cuisine, Mihara Tofuten turns the tables and highlights the humble and often overlooked tofu. Great attention to detail was put into creating the Tofu Omakase (THB 4,900++) menu, including importing water from Kashima in Saga Prefecture for the sake of authenticity.
The Silk Road
Established in 1989 by Mr. Chaithep Pattarapornpaisarn, also known as Mr. Lee, Lee Kitchen on Chan Road is a much-loved Bangkok restaurant. For decades, this spot has served traditional Chaozhou dishes (including the famous Mr Lee Duck) to local dinners and diplomats.
Located across the Chao Phraya River, Mei Jiang at The Peninsula Hotel is a must-visit for anyone looking for inspiring Cantonese dishes. For the best experience, book the Chef’s Table where one can see Chef Ball Yau and his team create a personalised menu.
And if you’re craving the spices of India, look no further. Set in a beautiful 1960s Art Deco home with a gorgeous garden, Indus on Sukhumvit 26 serves exquisite Northern Indian cuisine. To fully explore what is on offer, try Chef Amit’s 6-course tasting menu (THB 1,600++) with dishes from Lucknow to Kerala and wine pairings to match.
European Grand Tour
Tucked away at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, Tables Grill serves classical French cuisine with a contemporary twist. To really experience their combination of fine ingredients and modern techniques, try Chef Hans Zahner’s 7-course Epicurean Menu (THB 3,900++) that features Brittany Lobster and Wagyu Beef.
For something casual, cool but still refined, there is Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant at the top of the Pullman Hotel. Along with the stunning rooftop view of Bangkok, you can enjoy classic French dishes or perfectly grilled steaks that are prepared for the diners’ enjoyment in an open kitchen.
Don’t let its location at a shopping mall deter you from visiting the Water Library at Chamchuri Square, for it has long been a reputable fine dining spot in Bangkok for almost a decade now. With an impressive wine list and selection of water, this spot stands out with an inventive tasting menu (THB 3,500++) with optional fine water pairing (THB 490++).
Travel to Spain with Pesca Mar & Terra Bistro on Thonglor and experience market-fresh produce in a beautifully renovated Thai house. In accordance with the name, both sea (mar) and land (terra) are highlighted in the menu, with standout dishes like the Pesca Paella and Truffle Beef Tartare.
Continue to explore the tastes of Spain at Uno Mas, where a rooftop view of Bangkok’s sparkling skyline awaits. The authentic tapas are a great way to start your night, but when you are ready for more substantial fare try their Spanish ‘Cochinillo’ Asado, a half roasted suckling pig Segovian style or the Seafood Paella loaded with fresh shellfish.
The New World
As we leave Europe and cross over to America, the first port of calling is the big apple at New York Steakhouse located at the JW Marriott. The best way to enjoy your time here? Get a classic Martini, choose your steak and pair it with a Caesar salad tossed at your tableside.
Another favourite is the Rib Room & Bar Steakhouse at The Landmark Hotel Bangkok. The extensive menu is reminiscent of the abundance found in Italian-American restaurants, and the set menu takes you through classics. However, we recommend simply choosing your favourite cut of beef and letting the team grill it to perfection.
With a brutalist look, Bunker is unapologetically stark on the outside, but completely approachable when it comes to food. Their modern American menu is inspired by vibrant cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, allowing for interesting global flavours to shine. Come here for reinvented classics like the Cavatelli Mac & Cheese that uses braised oxtail or the King Crab Avocado Salad.