Our readers are always hungry for the latest openings. Here are the most-read restaurant pages of the past 12 months, including exciting newcomers, familiar faces and a few surprises. 

 

20. Kiaw Kai Ga

 

Set in a glasshouse replete with tropical touches, Kiaw Kai Ga resembles one of Duangrit Bunnag's riverside favorites, only in... Ladphrao.

 

 

19. Nahm

 

David Thompson's Thai food flagship enjoyed a bumper year, starting with the #4 place in BK's Top Tables 2017 and culminating in a Michelin star.

 

 

18. Le Cochon Blanc

 

Chef Chandler Schultz brings an element of French refinement to live-fire, Southern American-inspired barbecue. 

 

 

17. Menya Itto

 

Bangkok’s ramen lovers were queuing up for hours to get a taste of this Tokyo import back in July. They weren't disappointed and we eventurally awarded Menya Itto four stars. 

 

 

 

16. Arroz

 

Another four-star review, this time for what could well be the best paella in town. The charming mid-century home adds to the sense of occasion.

 

 

15. Sushi Niwa

 

This swanky restaurant offers a modern take on omakase that’s engaging, entertaining and, above all, IG-friendly. 

 

 

14. La Dotta

 

The powers behind Il Fumo and Vesper brought Thonglor the tastefully twee pasta house it didn't even know it needed.

 

 

13. Bo.lan

 

After placing #10 in BK's Top Tables 2017, chefs Bo and Dylan's Thai fine-dining institution claimed a Michelin star. Dylan also gave us a straight-shooting interview about the future of Thai street food. 

 

 

12. Sri Trat

 

The restaurant drawing on recipes from Thailand’s eastern provinces was one of the year's most buzzing openings. Even weeknights, your reservation might get turned away if it’s not made early enough.

 

 

11. Eden's

 

This hipster's dream of a cafe in the Old Town wowed readers with its NY-meets-France vibes.

 

 

 

10. Nowhere

 

Ekkamai’s new rooftop restaurant might only be six floors up, but there's nothing obstructing its cool, 180-degree views of the neighborhood.

 

 

9. 80/20

 

In a year of many highs, Charoenkrung's coolest restaurant debuted in BK's Top Tables at #15 with chef de cuisine Andrew Martin claiming the title of Best Young Chef. 

 

 

8. Jay Fai

 

This Old Town institute claimed Bangkok's first ever Michelin-star for street food.

 

 

7. Arno's

 

The burgeoning beef empire's original branch was the recipient of one of our rare four-star reviews in February.

 

 

6. Bangkok Trading Post

 

This hip all-day-dining cafe comes from 137 Pillar Suites, the luxurious new 34-suite hotel by Chiang Mai’s boutique resort 137 Pillars House. 

 

 

5. Shinsen Fish Market

 

Proof that a lot can change in 18 months, this "tank-to-table" restaurant was the recipient of a BK one-star review.

 

 

4. Canvas

 

Led by young Texan chef Riley Sanders, Canvas champions its devotion to local ingredients while happily straying outside any nationalistic flavor definitions.

 

3. Hawker Chan

 

One of just two street-food stalls to be awarded a star in the first edition of Singapore’s Michelin Guide in 2016, Hawker Chan opened to queues in Bangkok but settled into mediocrity. 

 

 

2. Gaa

 

The brainchild of Gaggan’s ex-sous chef, Garima Arora (also an alumna of Noma), serves tasting menus combining modern techniques with traditional cooking methods while championing local produce.

 

 

1. Suhring

 

The Suhring brothers' modern German restaurant landed #1 in BK's Top Tables 2017; received one Michelin star; and claimed #13 in Asia's 50 Best list during an action-packed year