Last Updated: November 12, 2019
The third edition of The MICHELIN Guide in Thailand has been announced, with a total of 29 stars awarded for 2020.
There are now five two-star restaurants (two new), 24 one-star restaurants (four new) and 94 Bib Gourmand restaurants (27 new).
Titled The MICHELIN Guide Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket & Phang-Nga 2020, the latest guide includes a large number of Bib Gourmand entrants in the aforementioned provinces in Thailand, although Chiang Mai province has yet to gain any Michelin-starred restaurant.
Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of MICHELIN Guides, revealed: “This year, the locavore movement, or the use of locally-sourced ingredients, is becoming the true star of Thailand’s foodscape. The trend shows Thailand’s rich diversity and high quality of local produce. In addition, we see the glorious rise of traditional Thai cuisine, as—for the first time ever, globally—two traditional Thai restaurants (both promoted from one star) are on The MICHELIN Guide’s two-star list.”
A high emphasis on native Thai ingredients and sustainability continue the trend of MICHELIN Thailand as explained by the MICHELIN Guide team.
Following that, these are the 24 one-star restaurants in Thailand, with four new entrants.
In addition, Phuket and Phang-Nga provinces settle with only one MICHELIN-starred restaurant.
Two traditional Thai cuisine restaurants, Sorn and R-Haan, have joined the ranks of two MICHELIN stars, upgrading from their previous year’s achievements.
Unfortunately, we have yet to see any three MICHELIN-starred restaurants appear anywhere in Thailand–but if it is any indication vis-a-vis Singapore’s MICHELIN guide, this ultimate gourmet award is bound to happen eventually.
As for the Bib Gourmand list, a total of 94 establishments are featured, 61 of which are located in Bangkok, 17 in Chiang Mai, 14 in Phuket, and two in Phang-Nga.
With increasing interest by the inspectors in other regions of Thailand, and Chiang Mai emerging with its very first year covered by The MICHELIN Guide, Thailand’s food scene is sure to advance even further.
There are endless possibilities and so much uncovered cuisine—we’re just tasting the tip of the iceberg.