BK Magazine’s Top Tables is the most independent and most respected dining guide in Bangkok. Here’s why.
Reach Thousands of Hungry, Affluent Diners in BK Magazine’s Top Tables
Download the 2017 guide as a PDF format here.
Or see the full list of 2017 winners online here.
How does BK select the restaurants in Top Tables?
Step 1: In January, the editorial team at BK magazine first creates a shortlist of some 200 restaurants.
Step 2: BK selects 30 panelists.
Step 3: The panel votes on the Official Selection.
We then apply a formula to keep only the places with the best Yes:No ratios. This year, we kept 100 places.
How do you select the Top 30? Is that done by BK or the panelists?
It’s also done by the panelists. Each panelist selects their top 10 restaurants. We compile their responses into a top 30.
Panelists cannot vote for venues they are associated with.
Is your list of panelists public?
No. Some of them don’t want the publicity. And we don’t particularly want them getting courted by award-savvy PRs.
Do advertisers get preferential treatment?
Beyond the fact that they’re included in the shortlist, no, they don’t. The system works as described above. The panelists vote on the Official Selection and the Top 30 and we keep only the top ranked places. BK has no influence on that ranking.
I have a restaurant. How do I get in your list?
Making great food with excellent service in a beautiful location is a good start. Sadly, it’s not always enough. Also make sure your work gets noticed. Buzz does matter when it comes to awards.
Is this fair?
Top Tables is a great way to recognize restaurants that are well loved in Bangkok. And the system is as independent, honest and democratic as we can make it. If you have suggestions on how to improve the process, we’re open to them. And, of course, you’re also welcome to disagree with the results. It wouldn’t be any fun making a top list if everyone agreed with it.
Think you’ve got what it takes to be on the panel? Have suggestions on how we can improve? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.