Two more Bangkok restaurants have risen to two-Michelin-star status, while the third edition of the Thailand guide now extends to Chiang Mai.
The third edition of the Michelin Guide Thailand announced its winners today (Nov 12). The guide features 29 restaurants with Michelin stars, including four new restaurants with stars.
Like last year, no restaurants received three Michelin stars.
The biggest winners on the day were Supaksorn Jongsiri's southern Thai restaurant Sorn and celebrity chef Chumpol Jangprai's Thai fine-dining institution R.Haan, both of which climbed from one star in last year’s guide to two stars this year.
In fact, there was only upward movement in this year’s guide with no restaurant from the 2019 guide losing its stars–only big players L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (1*) and Gaggan (2*) dropped from the list following their closures this year. Meanwhile, Charoenkrung favorite 80/20 rose to one-Michelin-star status following its transition to fine dining earlier this year.
The street-food crab omelet specialist Jay Fai remains Thailand’s only Michelin-starred “street food.”
After expanding outside of Bangkok to Phuket and Phang Nga last year, Trisara resort’s farm-to-table restaurant Pru remains the only Phuket restaurant to achieve a Michelin star. This year's guide also listed restaurants in Chiang Mai–although no stars were achieved, 17 restaurants in Chiang Mai were awarded Bib Gourmand status, including Huen Muan Jai and SP Chicken.
Bib Gourmand recognizes cheap restaurants offering exceptional food, as well as other high-quality meals not deemed worthy of a Michelin star with the “Michelin Plate.” In Bangkok, Plu and Klangsuan were among eight new recipients of the Bib Gourmand title, bringing Bangkok's total to 61, while 14 restaurants in Phuket and two in Phang Nga received the award.
The star ranking goes from one to three stars, with one dubbed “a very good restaurant in its category” and three being “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.”
Here are this year’s star rankings in full: