Step into the rarified world of fine dining where avant-garde cuisine never seems to go out of style. We’ve hand-selected our top five picks for haute cuisine at some of Bangkok’s most celebrated award-winning restaurants. These delightful savoury dishes are bound to stir the soul, fire the imagination and deliver an unforgettable experience that will stimulate all your senses.
The Dining Room @ House on Sathorn
Often touted as Bangkok’s first “culinary experience destination”, the Dining Room at the House on Sathorn is a 126-year-old colonial mansion that was the former Russian Embassy. This stunning neoclassical building oozes a palpable sense of old world charm and nobility. Every beautifully plated dish is incredibly thoughtful and well balanced, and the ‘Early Morning at Tsukiji Market’ is a prime example. Undeniably fresh and delicate, this rich buttery Bluefin tuna served with avocado and wasabi has the power to immediately transport you Japan with just one bite.
The House on Sathorn, next to W Bangkok hotel building, Sathorn, Bangkok, +66 02 344 4000, thehouseonsathorn.com
The passion project of German twin chefs Thomas and Mathias Sühring, this restaurant reinvents humble German fare by taking traditional ingredients and using modern cooking techniques to showcase the cuisine. Much of the menu is inspired by family recipes from the twins, and they pride themselves on offering dishes which are thoughtful, restrained and prepared with integrity and skill. Be sure to try the Hungarian duck with pumpkin and liquorice jus. Served a blushing pink, it’s the perfect alchemy between juicy meat, crispy skin and earthy umami flavor profiles.
Sühring, 10 Yen Akat Soi 3, Yen Akat Road, Bangkok, Thailand +66 02-287-1799, facebook.com/SuhringsHome
Il Fumo, which means ‘smoke’ in Italian, is a steakhouse that focuses on high quality meat and fish being cooked over a charcoal grill. It’s a fine dining establishment with a keen eye for the details and even the almond wood, olive wood and cherry wood is imported directly from Italy in order to impart the best flavor. Located in an elegantly renovated historic home, the venue exudes a rustic and masculine charm and all the cuisine is simply prepared with an enduring respect for highlighting the quality of the ingredients. One of the most unforgettable dishes on the menu is the wood charcoal-grilled octopus tentacle with potatoes, Taggiasche olives and green beans. This is a sultry and sexy dish which features the achingly tender octopus slightly charred with an evocative hint of smoke that permeates every molecule of the flesh.
il Fumo, Rama IV Road (in private alley on Rama IV Road right after Amanta Condominium), Bangkok, +66 02 286 8833, ilfumo.co
The passion project of world-renowned Michelin-starred chef Jean-Michel Lorain, J’AIME is a fine dining French restaurant that is built on the principles of family and tradition. J’AIME is special because they take the snobbery out of fine dining and make even everyday dining feel like a special occasion. You don’t want to miss their crispy pork belly with onion declination, which a perfectly executed dish that is devoid of any rich or heavy sauces so it can be enjoyed in its purest form. It’s a stunning accomplishment that reinterprets the classic ingredients in a truly unexpected way.
J’Aime, U Sathorn Bangkok, 105, 105/1 Soi Ngam Duphli Thung Maha Mek, Sathorn, Bangkok, +66 02 119 4899, jaime-bangkok.com
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Sultry and sophisticated, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon epitomises chic urban dining. With the focus firmly on haute French cuisine, they are renowned for delivering a dynamic dining experience where cutting edge cuisine weaves an intoxicating blend of both style and substance. One of the main dishes that exceeds expectation is the breast fillet of Challans duck roasted with oranges and spring vegetables which is served two ways. Large enough to be shared between two people, this breathtakingly tender version of duck is sure to leave you a bit weak in the knees.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, 5F MahaNakhon CUBE, Silom, Bangkok, +66 02 001 0698, robuchon-bangkok.com