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MICHELIN Guide Launch: Bangkok 2018 Selection

Two Michelin stars for restaurants Gaggan, Le Normandie and Mezzaluna, the highest distinction given out in Thailand's very first red guide.
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The results for the first MICHELIN Guide Bangkok has just been released, with 17 new restaurants given the distinction of one and two Michelin stars in total. There are no three Michelin-starred restaurants in this inaugural selection.

The three restaurants carrying two Michelin stars are Gaggan, where chef/owner Gaggan Anand produces dishes with a creative combination of textures and spices; Le Normandie in The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which has been serving refined French cuisine since 1958; and Mezzaluna in the Lebua Hotel, where chef Ryuki Kawasaki focuses on European cuisine executed with Japanese precision.

Restaurant Gaggan receives two Michelin stars in the first edition of the MICHELIN Guide Bangkok.
Restaurant Gaggan receives two Michelin stars in the first edition of the MICHELIN Guide Bangkok.
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Street food is also highlighted in the first-ever edition with Jay Fai getting the distinction of one Michelin star. The modest street food stall is known for its tiny open kitchen where tasty crab curries, dry congee and crab omelettes are cooked over homemade charcoal stoves, an homage to a 70-year-old tradition.

Other one Michelin-starred restaurants such as Bo.lan, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin and Chim by Siam Wisdom are also recognized for their takes on traditional Thai cuisine. International cuisine is also recognized in the other one-starred restaurants, such as Ginza Sushi Ichi, Sühring (where twin brothers Mathias and Thomas Sühring dish out their interpretation of modern German cooking), L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain, Elements and Savelberg.

Bo.lan is one of 14 restaurants in the one Michelin star selection for this year's Bangkok guide.
Bo.lan is one of 14 restaurants in the one Michelin star selection for this year's Bangkok guide.

“We are proud to launch this first selection of the MICHELIN guide dedicated to Bangkok, highlighting the richness of the city’s gastronomy,” says Michael Ellis, International Director in charge of the MICHELIN Guides. “Our inspectors were thrilled to find a local culinary scene with an amazing vibrancy, a myriad of new restaurants and an astonishing variety of wonderful street food, but also Thai cuisine served in different forms.”

This year’s selection also features a total of 35 restaurants awarded with a Bib Gourmand, a distinction which recognizes eateries boasting a quality menu for under THB1000 ($30). On the list are street food stalls such as Baan Yai Phad Thai; the long-standing stir-fried chicken noodle shop Guay Tiew Kua Gai Suanmali; and Jay Oh, which serves seafood dishes in a local, rustic ambience.

View the full list of restaurants and eateries in the 2018 MICHELIN Guide Bangkok here.

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