The 2019 edition of the “Little Red Book” includes 10 new restaurants that have earned a coveted star
By Bruce Scott
The one and two star winners in the 2019 Thailand Michelin Guide, which now includes Bangkok, Phuket, and Phang Nga, were announced today at a gala press reception held in the Ballroom of the Park Hyatt hotel Bangkok.
Although there are still no 3-starred restaurants in Thailand, there are now four restaurants with a 2-star rating, with Sühring having joined the ranks of upper echelon compatriots Gaggan, Le Normandie, and Mezzaluna.
Acclaimed Thai street food eatery Jay Fai kept its one Michelin star for a second consecutive year, as did all the other restaurants awarded 1-star in the 2018 edition of the guide. With no one losing a star, all the anticipation was centered around finding out which restaurants would be added to the 2019 winners circle.
There are 10 new additions to the 1-star category, which has swollen this year to a grand total of 23 dining establishments. Of the 10 newcomers, five are located in Central Bangkok—Canvas, Gaa, Le Du, Methavalai Sorndaeng, R-Haan, Saawan, and Sorn—while the other two 1-star restaurants—Ruean Panya and Suan Thip—are located within the vicinity of greater Bangkok.
Further afield, Pru restaurant, at the luxurious Trisara resort, is the one and only eatery in the two Southern provinces of Phuket and Phang Nga—new to this year’s edition of the guide—to have been awarded a star. Head chef Jimmy Orphost was elated with his new distinction, beaming with pride at the press reception after the awards concluded.
In total, the 348-page guide profiles 217 dining, and 67 lodging establishments. Speaking about the 2019 selection, Mr. Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of Michelin Guides, said: “This year’s selection highlights the diversity of culinary experiences, both within and outside of Bangkok. We have also seen the blooming trend of the degustation menu, whereby chefs carefully design a complete experience for diners.”
For a complete list of Michelin-rated restaurants in Thailand, visit: guide.michelin.com/th/en/bangkok