Feedback
News & Views 2 minutes 30 August 2019

The Mandarin Oriental Adds More Star Power in Bangkok

A timeless Bangkok classic undergoes the biggest renovation in its 143-year history and adds another award-winning chef to compliment the hotel’s two MICHELIN Starred Le Normandie.

With a storied history and guests that have included foreign dignitaries, authors, celebrities and royal families, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is one of the global hotel giant’s two flagship properties (the other being in Hong Kong).

Unveiling in October 2019, the hotel’s newly renovated River Wing will ensure that visitors get to enjoy river views from all rooms, more luxurious and bigger spaces and additional suites – some named after famed authors who have been guests.

Elegantly overlooking 'The River of Kings', the original building of the Oriental Hotel is still the centerpiece and dates back to 1876. Photo Source: MO Bangkok
Elegantly overlooking 'The River of Kings', the original building of the Oriental Hotel is still the centerpiece and dates back to 1876. Photo Source: MO Bangkok

Complimenting the hotel’s biggest makeover in history is the recent addition of Pom Phatchara Pirapak as Chef de Cuisine at the Mandarin Oriental’s riverside restaurant, Terrace Rim Naam.

Chef Pom steered popular Thai eatery Saneh Jaan to One MICHELIN Star honours at the inaugural launch of the MICHELIN Guide Bangkok in 2017. At the time, she was one of the youngest chefs to head a MICHELIN Starred restaurant in Thailand, and the youngest of 4 female chefs awarded by Michelin in 2017.

Phatchara started cooking at 13 under the watchful eye of her grandmother and entered the professional kitchen at 21 as Commis at Siam Wisdom (One MICHELIN star). According to the young chef, new beginnings at Terrace Rim Naam gives her a chance to express her heritage and revive her childhood memories.

Chef Pom receiving her Michelin award at the inaugural launch of the MICHELIN Guide in Thailand.
Chef Pom receiving her Michelin award at the inaugural launch of the MICHELIN Guide in Thailand.

“I am excited to join Terrace Rim Naam and work with such a great team. Thai cuisine is in my blood and I hope to present a collection of rare Thai dishes served in an authentic way using home-style cooking techniques from my family,” Phatchara said.

“There may be items on the menu that younger generations have never heard of or tasted, and I encourage diners to taste our two signature dishes: The slow-braised duck leg with herbed coconut milk and my grandmother’s coconut soup with gourami river fish from Suphan Buri Province.”

Chef Pom's grandmother’s coconut soup with gourami river fish from Suphan Buri (left) is a must try at Terrace Rim Naam. Photo source: MO Bangkok
Chef Pom's grandmother’s coconut soup with gourami river fish from Suphan Buri (left) is a must try at Terrace Rim Naam. Photo source: MO Bangkok

About Terrace Rim Naam
Terrace Rim Naam is set in an al fresco dining environment, directly across the river from the hotel. With views overlooking the majestic Chao Phraya River, Phatchara’s menu will be offered between 5:00 pm and 10:30 pm nightly. Mains start from 350 THB++ and transportation can be arranged by the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Please contact the hotel directly for bookings and more information.

Here’s what our Inspectors said about the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Selecting superlatives to honour this Grand Dame adequately can be challenging. Service is superb, the riverside location is ideal, and the dining options are excellent. Bedrooms are decorated in a luxurious colonial style and private butlers anticipate your every need. Must-dos include high tea in the historic Authors' Lounge and a visit to the Oriental Spa. The hotel celebrated its 140th birthday in 2016 and ranks as one of the best in the world.

Here's what our Inspectors said about Le Normandie (Two MICHELIN Stars)
Since opening in 1958, Le Normandie at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok 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.

News & Views

Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to get news and updates about the MICHELIN Guide
Subscribe
Follow the MICHELIN Guide on social media for updates and behind-the-scenes information