Now, who isn’t familiar with Thai food? Succulent, creamy, and sometimes fiery curries, bird’s eye chillies, coconut, lime, prawns, and so much more – all strongly aromatic and unforgettable once you’ve tried it. And while you can get authentic Thai food around the world, feasting on it in its place of origin is an experience unlike any other. These five restaurants in Thailand all represent the finest dining experiences you will find across the country, and even though a lot of international options are available on the menus as well, all these restaurants put clever twists of Thai influence even on the most un-Thai dishes. Here are our picks for the top restaurants in Thailand.
There are, in fact, three Suay restaurants in Thailand – one in Phuket Town, one in Cherngtalay and one in Porto de Phuket. But all three restaurants share the love for remarkable food and dining experience which is delivered through impeccable quality that guests will love. And because of this, Suay has also been recognised by the Michelin Food Guide. The establishment delivers innovative contemporary Thai and Western dishes with a twist. Favourites include tuna tartar, steamed salmon with rice noodle yellow curry, and mango sticky rice spring rolls with black sesame ice cream as well as international flavours like lamb chops and foie gras. The presentation of each dish is admiration-worthy and the interior is equally inspiring with a sense of natural elements weaved throughout the place. Suay also takes pride in offering world-class wine pairings to complement the succulent flavours of each dish.
Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin
Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin is located in the Siam Kempinski Hotel and is led by Danish chef Henrik Yde-Andersen, who spends his time between Copenhagen and Bangkok. The Danish chef has already made a staple statement in Europe with his restaurant Kiin Kiin, and Sra Bua is his award-winning venture in Thailand. The gourmet Thai fusion restaurant was awarded one Michelin star in 2019 and the restaurant is known for its innovative molecular Thai cuisine. The incredibly ornate dining room further serves the magnificence of the restaurant where liquid nitrogen is a common ingredient, and red curry comes in an unusual form – ice cream! The presentation here is second to none, but don’t assume that that’s all there is to present – the flavours truly are heavenly and it’s very inspiring to see this gourmet interpretation of Thai cuisine.
Blue Elephant Phuket
Blue Elephant Phuket finds its home in an antique governor’s house which has been remarkably restored and showcases a fine example of Sino-Portuguese architecture. Also known as Phra Pitak Chinpracha, this unique building and restaurant attract fine diners in the historic centre of Phuket Town. The menu consists of a beautiful blend of the past, present, and future where southern Thai cuisine plays a leading role and impresses diners from across the globe.
Only using top-of-the-line ingredients, chef Nooror Somany Steppe is the inspiration and central person behind the success of Blue Elephant. She constantly works as an ambassador advocating Thai cuisine and Thai culture to everyone she meets, and her Blue Elephant restaurant is a true temple in that sense – many who dine here will become devotees to her talent and Thai cuisine. The menu dives deep into exploring lesser-known parts of historic cuisine as well as modern interpretations. Familiar flavours with a new spin will please even the most seasoned diners.
Described as the finest and the highest restaurant in Bangkok, Mezzaluna can proudly stand behind both these points. Awarded two prestigious Michelin stars, the restaurant combines premium Japanese ingredients with classic French cooking techniques to achieve something truly out of this world. It’s an innovative culinary experience that will surely tickle your tastebuds and please the senses. Chef Ryuki Kawasaki believes in a simple truth: starting with the finest ingredients in the world means that you don’t need to do much to make them shine.
The seven-course tasting menus change seasonally but one star player can be found on the menu throughout the year and it’s his speciality Wagyu beef, called “Exceptional Murakami” as it comes from a small breed of top-quality calves from his hometown in Niigata Prefecture. This melt-in-your-mouth beef can only be found in Japan and at Mezzaluna. Dining at Mezzaluna is like dining one step closer to the stars because the restaurant is located on the 65th floor of State Tower, and with double-height windows and a crescent-shaped dining room, each table gets a spectacular view of the city which is every bit as breathtaking as is the food.
As you can probably tell from the restaurant’s interior, Esenzi is all about seafood and seafood from all around the globe is the main theme here. The restaurant can be found at the exclusive Iniala Beach House and its eight-course tasting menu is a must for anyone who wants to experience a truly unforgettable dining experience feasting on succulent seafood. Here you will come across contemporary renditions of classic seafood dishes, and altogether it’s a fusion of great food, service and an exceptional dining scene as it appeals to the tastes of today’s modern diner.
Award-winning chef Tim Butler who is behind the concept of the restaurant emphasizes that the majority of vegetables, herbs, and other fresh produce are local however a lot of the seafood is not and the reason behind it is something we can get behind, too – a lot of the locally-available fish is farm-raised and immature, thus the quality you get is inferior, and at Esenzi, they never use farm-raised seafood. Instead, they opt for international but sustainably-sourced high-quality seafood which represents the best of the best from the sea.