Michelin Guide’s first edition in Thailand for 2018 came and went with much controversy. I, for one, am a firm believer in the rigorous grading system of the Michelin Guide, so I am completely convinced that the introduction of Michelin has definitely achieved a net positive effect on the dining scene here.
I have seen excellent-but-previously-unheralded restaurants flourish after Michelin’s recognition, and unwelcome price hikes in some others in response to increased popularity. It has also given the tireless Jay Fai international fame that she totally deserves but didn’t ask for.
So, with the 2019 Michelin Guide, which will include Phuket and Phang Nga on top of Bangkok (I’m all for more recognition, but what about Udon Thani, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui etc.?), many questions will be answered.
Will there be a 3* restaurant in Thailand? Which country’s cuisine will it represent?
Will more Thai food be adorned with stars in Thailand?
Will surprising drop-outs last year be recognized?
Will any restaurant return their stars?
Which new restaurants will achieve immediate gratification?
Here’s the newly minted list of Michelin-starred Restaurants in Bangkok and Phuket:
2-STARS (BANGKOK & SURROUNDING PROVINCES):
- Le Normandie