Dining Out 3 minutes 20 December 2018

Where to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Bangkok, Phuket and Phang-Nga

Drink and dine to your heart’s content with choices in Bangkok and Phuket to ring in the festive season.

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Le Normandie (Two Michelin Stars) 
Countdown to 2019 in sheer style at Le Normandie, one of only four restaurants in Thailand with two Michelin Stars. The Christmas Eve Extravaganza menu includes a 7-course menu by Chef de Cuisine Arnaud Dunand Sauthier.
Adult & Child: THB 12,500 net per guest.

The French Christmas package gives diners a taste of true French tradition where a 6-course menu provides a delightful ‘haute cuisine’ experience and pays homage to festive celebrations of by-gone days.
Adult & Child: THB 5,500 net per guest.

For food and wine connoisseurs, book the Gastronomic New Year’s Eve Dinner for a countdown to remember. This 9-course menu comprises French 'haute cuisine' in the form of a distinguished gala dinner. After dinner, guests are welcome to join the world-class entertainment at the Riverside Terrace. Early reservations are required.
Adult & Child: THB 21,000 net per guest.

48 Oriental Avenue, Bangrak, Bangkok
Tel: +66 2 659 9000

J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain (One Michelin Star)
Raise your glasses to 2019 with at the One Michelin Star J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain on 31st December. The New Year’s Eve menu, at 5,799 net per person, includes decadent dishes such as lobster and chestnut bisque, foie gras terrine with duck pastrami and glazed Canadian lobster with Phetchaburi white asparagus. Tea, coffee and a glass of bubblies is also included in the package.

U Sathorn Bangkok
105, 105/1 Soi Ngam Duphli, Sathorn district, Bangkok
Tel: +66 2 119 4899

J'AIME By Jean-Michel Lorain's interpretation of oyster and tamarind.
J'AIME By Jean-Michel Lorain's interpretation of oyster and tamarind.

Elements (One Michelin Star)
If you’re game for a fusion Christmas, this is the place to be. Combining French cuisine with Japanese influences, festival-goers can expect a cornucopia of premium fresh ingredients from top producers in Japan and France at this One Michelin Star establishment.

Menu highlights include Sole with shimeji, beurre blanc & salicornia and Venison with Kombucha, miso and winter truffle with celebratory petit fours to cap off the festive dining experience.

Book the 6-course menu at 5,600++ per person including a glass of Champagne or signature cocktail on Christmas Eve, or a 6-course Christmas Day feast at 4,600++ including a glass of Champagne or signature cocktail on December 25.

57 Witthayu Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Tel: +66 (0) 2 687 9000

Satisfaction guaranteed with the Christmas menu.
Satisfaction guaranteed with the Christmas menu.

Blue Elephant (Michelin Plate)
Celebrate Christmas with an element of Thai at Chef Nooror Somany Steppe’s restaurant on Sathorn Rd. The tasteful Christmas Set Menu for 2 priced at 1,280 Baht++ each, is available on December 24 and 25 only, and includes ancient recipes enjoyed by the Thai aristocracy such as the Fresh Spring Roll with Crab Salad and Green Caviar and the Sago “Bresse” Chicken.

233 Sathon Tai Road, Bangkok
Tel: +66 2 673 9353

Blue Elephant's tangerine duck salad.
Blue Elephant's tangerine duck salad.


PRU (One Michelin Star)
Make sure you come hungry for Phuket’s first and only Michelin-star experience. PRU restaurant is going all out with an 8-course dinner menu by Chef Jim Ophorst on December 24 and 25 for 5,000 Baht++ per person and an additional 3,000 Baht++ with wine pairing.

Savour unforgettable dishes made from fresh locally-sourced ingredients such as the Black Crab and Phuket Coffee, the Isaan Almonds in Ginger Beer, the Pickled Duck Egg and Phuket Abalone and the famous Carrot cooked in the soil it came from. 

Trisara Phuket
60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn,
Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket
Tel: +66 (0) 76 310 100

Phuket abalone with pickled duck egg, charred eggplant and wild herbs.
Phuket abalone with pickled duck egg, charred eggplant and wild herbs.

Bampot (Michelin Plate)
Santa might never make it to Phuket, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Christmas. Enjoy Bampot’s Christmas dinner menu with scrumptious amuse-gueule and a choice of roast pork or duck for 2,200 baht++ per person.

They also have a New Year’s Eve dinner for 2,600++ per person which includes oysters, crispy duck egg, and 25-day aged beef filet with dessert. Sweet deal!

19/1 Moo 1, Lagoon Road, Thalang, Cherngtalay, Phuket
Tel: +66 (0) 93 586 9828

Festivity is on the menu at Bampot.
Festivity is on the menu at Bampot.

Here's What Our Inspectors Said About Le Normandie (One Michelin Star)
Since opening in 1958, Le Normandie at The Mandarin Oriental has earned a reputation as a premier destination for those looking for sophisticated French cuisine. The restaurant was refurbished in 2015 but certain elements - like floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Chao Phraya River and elaborate flower arrangements filled with local flora - remain the same. Superb ingredients, refined techniques, and well executed combinations of flavours and textures ensure its reputation is deserved. Service is impeccable.

Here's What Our Inspectors Said About J'AIME By Jean-Michel Lorain (One Michelin Star)
Enter this hotel restaurant and your world gets a little topsy-turvy, with a grand piano hanging from the ceiling and upside down chandeliers. But one bite of the creative French cuisine and all will be right again. Choose from one of the five, seven, or nine-course tasting menus to get the full experience. The restaurant and menu were conceived by renowned chef Jean-Michel Lorain - his daughter adds charm and one of his protégés runs the kitchen.

Here's What Our Inspectors Said About Elements (One Michelin Star)
With impressive city views from its terrace, this restaurant on the 25th floor of the hotel is an ideal spot for a date. Inside, the décor is chic and it's all centred around an open kitchen with oversized industrial light fittings and walls made with charcoal - one of the 'elements'. The modern cuisine creatively fuses the best of French and Japanese dishes, and there is a set menu that offers a varied selection.

Here's What Our Inspectors Said About Blue Elephant (Michelin Plate)
Under the helm of chef Nooror Somany Steppe, this long-running restaurant is a stalwart of the Bangkok culinary scene. Blue Elephant's Bangkok outpost is brought to life in a traditional colonial style home on bustling Sathon Road with an elegant dining room that fills nightly with out-of-towners and locals here for a special occasion. Order the tasting menu and savour a range of royal-style recipes. Hands-on cooking classes are available during the day.

Here's What Our Inspectors Said About PRU (One Michelin Star)
Tucked inside a luxury resort, PRU stands for 'plant, raise, understand', and it is this ethos which underpins every aspect of this sophisticated, intimate and romantic restaurant, a stone's throw from the sea. Many ingredients are sourced from their own 96-hectare organic farm; even the butter is made in-house with milk sourced from Krabi. Dishes are delicate and neatly presented; 'carrots cooked in soil' is a signature dish.

Here's What Our Inspectors Said About Bampot (Michelin Plate)
It's an all British affair at this restaurant, which is owned by a Scotsman and run by an English manager and chef. The urban style offers a relaxed environment with open kitchen, copper-topped bar and vivid modern artwork, while the modern Euro-style food is well presented and packed with flavour. Choose from generous sized snacks, sharing dishes like whole Andaman sea bass, and mains that include the perennially popular fish pie.

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