Bangkok to get well-deserved Michelin guide

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Thailand’s most famous dish, Tom Yum Goong, a clear, sour soup with shrimps, lemongrass, coconut milk, lime leaves and ginger, certainly deserves a mention in the new Michelin guide on Bangkok

Thailand is the next Southeast Asian country after Singapore to be discovered by renowned food bible Michelin. Reports say that the French restaurant critics will start with a Michelin Red Guide for Bangkok by the end of this year.

The Red Guide is an annual guide to the best restaurants anonymous Michelin reviewers can find in a city. There are currently versions of the Red Guide for the major cities in 23 different countries of the world. 

For Thailand, this means it finally gets a much-deserved Michelin guide, helping cement its reputation as a world-class food destination. The Thai government has reportedly approved a budget of 143.5 million baht (approximately $4 million) for the Tourism Authority of Thailand to work with Michelin in a five-year contract to publish the famous food guides that would, in the long term, cover all of the country, from Chiang Mai to the islands.

Food connoisseurs are already betting which Bangkok restaurants have the best chances to debut in the guide with three stars, the most available to any Michelin-ranked restaurant. One is Nahm restaurant, at the Como Metropolitan Bangkok hotel, already an internationally renowned reference serving modern Thai curries and stir fries. Another is Gaggan in Lumphini district, which serves progressive Indian cuisine, engages in molecular gastronomy and is already recognised  by Restaurant magazine as the best restaurant in Asia in the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. A third likely candidate is Le Normandie in the Mandarin Oriental hotel, considered the city’s best French restaurant.

The new guide will be the publisher’s fifth in Asia. Michelin currently has guides to Seoul, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau, and Singapore. Seoul launched in November 2016, while Singapore launched in July 2016.

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[caption id="attachment_29596" align="alignleft" width="300"] Thailand's most famous dish, Tom Yum Goong, a clear, sour soup with shrimps, lemongrass, coconut milk, lime leaves and ginger, certainly deserves a mention in the new Michelin guide on Bangkok[/caption] Thailand is the next Southeast Asian country after Singapore to be discovered by renowned food bible Michelin. Reports say that the French restaurant critics will start with a Michelin Red Guide for Bangkok by the end of this year. The Red Guide is an annual guide to the best restaurants anonymous Michelin reviewers can find in a city. There are currently versions of the Red...

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Thailand’s most famous dish, Tom Yum Goong, a clear, sour soup with shrimps, lemongrass, coconut milk, lime leaves and ginger, certainly deserves a mention in the new Michelin guide on Bangkok

Thailand is the next Southeast Asian country after Singapore to be discovered by renowned food bible Michelin. Reports say that the French restaurant critics will start with a Michelin Red Guide for Bangkok by the end of this year.

The Red Guide is an annual guide to the best restaurants anonymous Michelin reviewers can find in a city. There are currently versions of the Red Guide for the major cities in 23 different countries of the world. 

For Thailand, this means it finally gets a much-deserved Michelin guide, helping cement its reputation as a world-class food destination. The Thai government has reportedly approved a budget of 143.5 million baht (approximately $4 million) for the Tourism Authority of Thailand to work with Michelin in a five-year contract to publish the famous food guides that would, in the long term, cover all of the country, from Chiang Mai to the islands.

Food connoisseurs are already betting which Bangkok restaurants have the best chances to debut in the guide with three stars, the most available to any Michelin-ranked restaurant. One is Nahm restaurant, at the Como Metropolitan Bangkok hotel, already an internationally renowned reference serving modern Thai curries and stir fries. Another is Gaggan in Lumphini district, which serves progressive Indian cuisine, engages in molecular gastronomy and is already recognised  by Restaurant magazine as the best restaurant in Asia in the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. A third likely candidate is Le Normandie in the Mandarin Oriental hotel, considered the city’s best French restaurant.

The new guide will be the publisher’s fifth in Asia. Michelin currently has guides to Seoul, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau, and Singapore. Seoul launched in November 2016, while Singapore launched in July 2016.

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