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Dining Out 6 minutes 13 February 2020

Best Restaurants in Bangkok (and Phuket) to Go with Your Better Half This Valentine’s Day

Every day is Valentine’s Day when you’re in a happy relationship, but on 14 February, see – and savour – what the day of love means to the top chefs in town.

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Some translate love quite literally, others present a conceptual representation of passion, but all promise a delicious date night provided you have the right company.

Memories may be priceless, but for the sake of this list, these MICHELIN Guide-rated restaurants in Thailand are presented in increasing price tag order.

Note: Please check the availability with the restaurant beforehand.

Stir-fried Pork with Fish Sauce.  (Photo: Ruean Panya)
Stir-fried Pork with Fish Sauce. (Photo: Ruean Panya)

Ruean Panya (One MICHELIN Star)
This family-run restaurant just outside of Bangkok might not be celebrating Valentine’s Day in the candlelit, rose petal-showered spectacle of your dreams, but it is acknowledging the day by bringing out a menu item honouring the greatest love of all. Made available only for special occasions, the Stir-fried Pork with Fish Sauce dish holds a special place in the chef-owner’s heart as it was a family favorite from her childhood, cooked by her father.

Address: Ruean Panya, 1300/600 Soi Ekachai 13, Norarat Uthit Road, Mueang Samut Sakhon, Samut Sakhon
Phone: +66 34 424 707

Chor Pagagrong. (Photo: Suan Thip)
Chor Pagagrong. (Photo: Suan Thip)

Suan Thip (One MICHELIN Star)
The food at Suan Thip is reason enough to visit on any other day, but its lush garden and peaceful riverside location make it even more appealing on Valentine’s Day. While you’re there, order the Khao Tang Na Hoi Lai (rice crackers with sweet minced clam dip) and Miang Pla Tu (mackerel wrapped in leaves) to share with your significant other, before ending the meal with Chor Phakakrong, a flower-shaped traditional Thai dessert practically made for the occasion.

Address: Suan Thip, 17/9 Moo 7, Sukhaprachasan 2 Road, Pak Kret, Nonthaburi, Nonthaburi, 11120
Phone: +66 2 583 3748

Floral Dumpling Filled With Fish. (Photo: Saneh Jaan)
Floral Dumpling Filled With Fish. (Photo: Saneh Jaan)

Saneh Jaan (One MICHELIN Star)
For Chef Jaruwan Jantapthong, food is passion, and food is love. Need we say more? Specially created for Valentine’s day, the 6-course Thai set menu features floral dumpling filled with fish; lotus stem salad with prawn; traditional Tom Kha Soup with scallops; and beef cheek massaman curry served with rice cooked in coconut and butterfly pea.

Price: 2,800++ THB per person
Address: Saneh Jaan, 130-132 Witthayu Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, 10330
Phone: +66 2 650 9880

Gambas, Unripe Papaya, Sweet Chili. (Photo: Chim by Siam Wisdom)
Gambas, Unripe Papaya, Sweet Chili. (Photo: Chim by Siam Wisdom)

Chim by Siam Wisdom (One MICHELIN Star)
Local and sustainably sourced ingredients provide the main inspiration for this special Valentine’s dinner which highlights the quality of Thai produce, including: oysters from Sriracha (poached and prepared in a Thai salad), river prawns from Ayutthaya (cooked with Nam Choop Yum), scallops from the south of Thailand (prepared in ceviche style to highlight their freshness), and Wagyu beef from Korat (served with Singhon curry).

Price: 2,950++ THB per person or 3,250++ THB per person with three cocktail pairings
Address: Chim by Siam Wisdom, 66 Soi Sukhumvit 31 Yaek 4, Vadhana, Bangkok, 10110
Phone: +66 2 260 7811

Nahm (One MICHELIN Star)
Chef Pim Techamuanvivit deep dives into her family’s culinary heritage to present a feast of flavors drawing on fresh ingredients from around the country, including Larb Khua Kai Tok (spicy Chiang Mai larb of guinea fowl) and Kapi Pla (relish of wild prawns from Songkhla and shrimp paste from Chumphon). The meal comes with a selection of sweets showcasing the textures and flavors of pandan, but an additional Valentine’s Day dessert menu invites guests to explore the sweeter side of coconut, rice, and fruit.

Price: 3,200++ THB per person with 375++ THB per additional Valentine’s Day dessert.
Address: Nahm, 27 Sathon Tai Road, Sathon, Bangkok, 10120
Phone: +66 2 625 3333

MIANG: Wild Tea Leaves. (Photo: Saawaan)
MIANG: Wild Tea Leaves. (Photo: Saawaan)

Saawaan (One MICHELIN Star)
Using local ingredients sourced from all over Thailand, Chef de Cuisine Sujira “Aom” Pongmorn and Chef Pâtissier Arisara “Paper” Chongphanitkul have created a 10-course menu where each dish is based on a technique or a concept commonly found in Thai cuisine, such as stir-fry (with Chon Buri venison), charcoal-grill (with Nan black pork), soup (Tom Saeb made with Andaman barracuda), Thai-style salad (with Korat wagyu), and curry (with Phuket lobster).

Price: 3,500++ THB per person.
Address: Saawaan, 39/19 Soi Suan Phlu, Sathon Road, Sathon, Bangkok, 10120
Phone: +66 63 370 1991

A Bouquet of Flower, Coconut & Sato Lee Relish. (Photo: 80/20)
A Bouquet of Flower, Coconut & Sato Lee Relish. (Photo: 80/20)

80/20 (One MICHELIN Star)
This newly minted MICHELIN starred restaurant showcases what Chefs Napol Jantraget and Saki Hoshino can do with the best local and seasonal ingredients available, and the 10-course Valentine’s dinner does just that, featuring dishes such as: Memory of Beach Walk (longtail tuna crudo, citrus vinaigrette, edible sand, smoked lardo, dried herb) and Love Me Tender (pan-seared beef or pork tenderloin, oyster sauce, flavours of kale).

Price: 4,000++ THB per person.
Address: 80/20, 1052-1054 Charoen Krung Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok, 10500
Phone: +66 99 118 2200

Crab Salad, Basil Yogurt, Beetroot and Beluga Caviar. (Photo: J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain)
Crab Salad, Basil Yogurt, Beetroot and Beluga Caviar. (Photo: J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain)

J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain (One MICHELIN Star)
Chef Amerigo Sesti crafts a special 7-course menu, applying classical French cooking techniques and sourcing locally whenever possible to create beautifully plated courses including Japanese hirame fish with truffle and banana blossoms; ratatouille and pasta timballo with roasted tomato and oregano fumet; and Thai Wagyu beef presented as a Thai “pot-au-feu”. A white rose ice-cream and exotic baba dessert ends the meal on a sweet note.

Price: THB 9,999 net per couple incl. glass of bubbles
Address: J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain, 105, 105/1 Soi Ngam Du Phli, Sathon, Bangkok, 10120

Phone: +66 2 119 4899

Lobster, Horseshoe Crab Roes, Curry. (Photo: Le Du)
Lobster, Horseshoe Crab Roes, Curry. (Photo: Le Du)

Le Du (One MICHELIN Star)
Inspired by ingredients that help spark love, Chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn presents a modern take on Thai cuisine in a 7-course meal that includes oysters, asparagus, and chocolate. One of the highlight dishes is the southern-styled rice salad presented in a heart shape and topped with creamy uni (sea urchin, also considered an aphrodisiac) and fresh ikura (salmon roe). Lobster and Thai Wagyu beef also make the ingredients list in the Valentine’s set menu.

Price: THB 8,900++ per couple
Address: Le Du, 399/3 Soi Si Lom 7, Bang Rak, Bangkok
Phone: +66 92 919 9969

Fruit Chaat and Crab & Coconut Milk Kokum. (Photos: Gaa)
Fruit Chaat and Crab & Coconut Milk Kokum. (Photos: Gaa)

Gaa (One MICHELIN Star)
The 12-course menu is a combination of Gaa’s signature dishes – including corn; frozen chicken liver on toast; beef, grilled milk and yeast aquafaba – as well as some other innovative dishes created for the occasion, including oysters served two ways; crayfish, rose and raspberries; and bhakarwadi and spiked chocolate thandai. A vegetarian version of the Valentine’s menu caters to non-meat-eating lovebirds.

Price: THB 4,500++ per person
Address: Gaa, 68/4 Soi Lang Suan, Phloen Chit Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, 10330
Phone: +66 91 419 2424

Stuffed Quail in Yellow Curry Sauce and Cosmo de Amour. (Photos: Khao)
Stuffed Quail in Yellow Curry Sauce and Cosmo de Amour. (Photos: Khao)

Khao (One MICHELIN Star)
One of the few restaurants in this list offering a Valentine’s Day menu for both lunch and dinner, Khao celebrates the pleasure of sharing, including pan-fried scallops with rose petal; stuffed quail in yellow curry sauce; and stir-fried glass noodles with cabbage and crab meat. With Chef Vichit Mukura at the helm – the master who headed up Mandarin Oriental’s Thai food restaurant for nearly 3 decades – you and your plus one are in good hands.

Price: THB 4,500++ per couple
Address: Khao, 15 Soi Ekkamai 10, Vadhana, Bangkok
Phone: +66 2 381 2575

Langoustines Caviar, Sakura Flower Jelly, Lemon Confit. (Photo: Elements)
Langoustines Caviar, Sakura Flower Jelly, Lemon Confit. (Photo: Elements)

Elements (One MICHELIN Star)
Proving opposites attract, this restaurant’s chefs worked with the sweet-savory pairings of Hokkaido scallops and French Brittany lobsters to create exceptional French cuisine with Japanese influence. Chilled Champagne and a box of chocolates set the scene for romance, followed by a candlelit 6-course feast featuring langoustines and caviar with Sakura flower jelly, Hokkaido scallops; turbot in Champagne sauce; and tender A3 Japanese Wagyu beef.

Price: THB 5,500++ per person incl. glass of Champagne.
Address: Elements, 57 Witthayu Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, 10330
Phone:  +66 2 687 9000

Power of Love and Marry Me... My Sweetheart (Photos: R-Haan)
Power of Love and Marry Me... My Sweetheart (Photos: R-Haan)

R-Haan (Two MICHELIN Stars)
R-Haan celebrates memories of love with an 8-course Valentine’s tasting menu featuring dishes such as: “Love at First Sight” (heart-shaped organic red hom mali rice cracker topped with Siam Royal Oscietra Caviar), “Power of Love” (double boiled pheasant consommé from the Royal Project), and “Fallen in Love” (12-hour slow cooked Tasmanian abalone and lemongrass-smoked Norwegian salmon).

Price: THB 5,912++ per person incl. glass of Pink Manzoni Moscato Rosé or THB 8,712++ per person incl. wine pairing
Address: R-Haan, 131 Soi Sukhumvit 53, Vadhana, Bangkok
Phone: +66 2 059 0433

Pan Seared Langoustines, Strawberry Gazpacho, Goat Ricotta Ice Cream, Mint, Pistachio. (Photo: Savelberg)
Pan Seared Langoustines, Strawberry Gazpacho, Goat Ricotta Ice Cream, Mint, Pistachio. (Photo: Savelberg)

Savelberg (One MICHELIN Star)
Chef Savelberg invites guests to indulge in a 6-course menu that will have you fall in love at first bite. The menu includes Royal Oscietra Caviar served with crème fraîche; pan-seared langoustines served with strawberry gazpacho and goat ricotta ice cream; North Sea sole; and guinea fowl. The entire experience was designed to be shared, including the dessert – a heart-shaped Valhorona white chocolate mousse served with strawberries and strawberry sorbet.

Price: THB 6,000++ per person
Address: Savelberg, 110 Witthayu Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok
Phone: +66 2 252 8001

Aged Duck, Sweet Tamarind, Shiitake Mushroom. (Photo: PRU)
Aged Duck, Sweet Tamarind, Shiitake Mushroom. (Photo: PRU)

PRU (One MICHELIN Star)
If you’re headed to Phuket, make a date at Thailand’s only MICHELIN-starred restaurant outside of Bangkok. The restaurant in Trisara Resort is embracing an ecosystem-based culinary concept to showcase the diversity of Thai ingredients. What does that mean exactly? Taste for yourself, with a 6-course Valentine’s special featuring one dish per region, including: Black Crab and Phuket Coffee; Aged duck and Shittake Mushrooms, and Coral Grouper and Cauliflower.

Price: THB 6,500++ per person incl. glass of Billecart Salmon Rosé Champagne
Address: PRU, 60/1 Moo 6, Si Sunthon Road, Thalang, Phuket, 83110
Phone: +66 76 310 100

Valentine’s Delicacy: Jasmine, Raspberry. (Photo: Chef's Table)
Valentine’s Delicacy: Jasmine, Raspberry. (Photo: Chef's Table)

Chef’s Table (One MICHELIN Star)
If you have stars in your eyes, treat yourself to this classical French restaurant helmed by a chef that’s well acquainted with them. For the Valentine’s special, Chef Vincent Thierry is inspired by the idea of a perfect partnership translated into gastronomic companionships in 7 courses including Foie Gras (citrus mosaic, fondant carrot), Normandy Sole Meunière (artichoke, grenobloise) and Castilian Beef Tenderloin (bone marrow, perigueux sauce).

Price: THB 9,500++ per person or THB 18,500++ per person with wine pairing
Address: Chef's Table, 1055 Si Lom Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 624 9555

Markrin 80% Dark Chocolate “Heart” Yotsuboshi Strawberry, Berry Sorbet. (Photo: Mezzaluna)
Markrin 80% Dark Chocolate “Heart” Yotsuboshi Strawberry, Berry Sorbet. (Photo: Mezzaluna)

Mezzaluna (Two MICHELIN Stars)
Perched 65 storeys above the city, Chef Ryuki Kawasaki draws inspiration from the art of celebration, carefully selecting ingredients at their optimum to reflect the beauty of the season. In the 7-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu, flavors are exquisitely layered in dishes such as the poach-roasted Kawachi duck, Niigata Murakami Wagyu Beef A5 grilled over Binchō charcoal, and a heart-shaped MarkRin chocolate and Japanese strawberries dessert.

Price: THB 9,500++ per person or THB 18,500++ per person with wine pairing
Address: Mezzaluna, 1055 Si Lom Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok
Phone: +66 2 624 9555

Crevette Rouge Carabinieros: Mediterranean Carabinieros Prawn, Green Melon, Piquillos. (Photo: Le Normandie)
Crevette Rouge Carabinieros: Mediterranean Carabinieros Prawn, Green Melon, Piquillos. (Photo: Le Normandie)

Le Normandie (Two MICHELIN Stars)
If you want to leave nothing to chance, book a table at this legendary restaurant which has maintained its MICHELIN-two-starred distinction since the Guide was first launched. Chef de Cuisine Arnaud Dunand Sauthier uses only the freshest ingredients from bio-dynamic producers in France and top-quality produce to create this 7-course, modern French tasting menu featuring Mediterranean Carabinieros Prawn; Wild Monkfish “A la royale”; and Bresse Pigeon Tourte.

Price: THB 12,500 net per person incl. glass of Rosé Champagne or THB 16,400 net per person incl. wine pairing
Address: Le Normandie, 48 Soi Charoen Krung 40, Bang Rak, Bangkok, 10500
Phone: +66 2 659 9000

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