Tatler Thailand's Top Thai Restaurants Of 2020
Note: Tatler Thailand's 2020 Best Restaurants guide began assembly since late 2019 and before Thailand's COVID-19 lockdown. Therefore, unforeseen changes may have occurred to restaurants reviewed in the book, which this story is based on.
Clean, neutral tones and soft minimal pods surround the impressive jewelled centrepiece, setting the mood for the diamond-standard cuisine at Paste, located in Gaysorn Village. Enjoy Thai dishes based on traditional family recipes such as the khao chae with jasmine flowers, caramelised shallots and riverfish or the lotus-style crayfish salad with golden apple powder, char-grilled carabineros prawns and gapi khoei plankton paste. Read the full review here.
R-Haan features set menus expertly curated by award-winning chef Chumpol Jangprai, who is committed to using local ingredients to achieve the best flavours. A delicate platter of amuse bouche prepares your palate for the explosive taste adventure that ensues at R-Haan, from the aromatic Southern Thai yellow curry to the crispy deep-fried sea bass with anchovies and rich creamy coconut stew. Read the full review here.
3/11 Le Du
Celebrity chef Thitid Tassanakajohn continues to delight diners with his seasonally changing menu of Western-influenced Thai dishes like the deliciously reinvented khao chae with jasmine ice cream instead of jasmine rice, served with pork and prawn balls, curry shrimp paste and turnip puree. Read the full review here.
80/20 is challenging the Bangkok food scene with their ultra-fresh, sustainable ethos, sourcing local and organic ingredients. The unstoppable collaboration between chef-couple Napol Jantraget and Saki Hosino have created a cool, modern and refined Thai restaurant. Read the full review here.
One of Bangkok’s hidden gems, Rongros is a modest fine-dining secret, located with spectacular views of Wat Arun to compliment the exceptional traditional Thai cuisine. Once you have sampled the morning glory tempura salad, Rongros pad thai or the New Zealand rib-eye green curry, head upstairs to the open rooftop garden space and end the night with one of their must-try signature cocktails. Read the full review here.
6/11 Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin
A Thai restaurant with a modern edge, you cannot miss Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin. Modelled after its Copenhagen original, the Bangkok successor looks toward similarly theatrically-presented, Michelin-grade Thai cooking. Read the full review here.
7/11 Saneh Jaan
This grand dining setting serves authentic Thai recipes, from an extensive a la carte menu to signature set menus. Expect fragrant Thai platters of exquisite shrimp and scallops or the pomelo and prawn salad, exploding with flavour, all enjoyed from a dimly-lit relaxed dining setting. Read the full review here.
Chef Vichit Mukura, former head chef at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, presents an expertly crafted Thai menu fused with Western influence to enjoy whilst dining in a fresh, modern setting. Read the full review here.
Gaze upon sunny bright yellow walls at the iconic historic Sathorn mansion, featuring ornate decorative ceiling finishes and impressive oriental paintings. We recommend ordering the grilled crab cake with yellow curry sauce or the crying tiger steak with nam jim jaew for a night to remember. Read the full review here.
10/11 Sri Trat
Funky, modern decor featuring graffiti-style wall art makes Sri Trat a must-try restaurant for casual lunch dining. With a menu inspired by the owners' home province of Trat, be sure to visit Sri Trat for some delightful Eastern Thai cuisine. Read the full review here.
11/11 Blue Elephant
Sino-Portuguese colonial architecture meets royal Thai cuisine at Blue Elephant. Visit the beating heart behind Blue Elephant food products and enjoy authentic Thai food as it should be. Sophisticated vegetarian options are also available and if you can’t get enough, try a private class or group lesson at their famous cooking school to recreate their genuine Thai flavours at home. Read the full review here.
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