Thailand’s cuisine has, in recent years, taken the world by storm, and it’s not hard to see why. Bursting with flavor and freshness, the Kingdom’s food mixes spicy, sweet and savoury to surprising effect. From seafood curries to award winning haute cuisine, Thai chefs are taking tradition and turning it into something special for the next generation of foodies. Read our updated guide to where to find 10 stellar restaurants in Thailand.
Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant
Located on a quiet side street off trendy Nimmanhaemin Rd in Chiang Mai, Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant is known for its delicious curries and diverse vegetarian options. The farm-to-table menu changes weekly, with dishes using only seasonal, organic ingredients. The restaurant is closed on Sunday and Mondays, on which days the owners network with local farmers and create the week’s new menu, which is announced on their Facebook page. Seating is on a small balcony overlooking the street below, with little division from the home-like kitchen, where diners can see their meals being prepared. The restaurant offers a few vegan options, which is quite rare in Thailand, as well as homemade cakes and other sweets for dessert.
Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant, Nimmana Haeminda Between Lane 6- Lane 10, Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai, Thailand, +66 83 581 1689
The first Blue Elephant restaurant opened more than 30 years ago, and its success led owner Khun Noroor Somany Steppe to open branches in 11 other countries, including this restaurant in Phuket. Housed in a gorgeous Chinese-colonial style mansion, the almost-regal setting is appropriate for the restaurant’s menu of royal Thai cuisine. The menu presents a picture of Thai cuisine through time, incorporating the traditional cooking techniques of the past; the bold flavours of the present; and pushing boundaries to creative the innovative flavours of the future. The seafood dishes are among the highlights of the menu, including the steamed sea bass topped with lemongrass, lime, garlic and chili.
Blue Elephant, Krabi Road 96, Phuket Town, Thailand, +66 76 354 355
Open since 1998, Eat Me has defied the odds to become a long-standing favourite of Bangkok’s notoriously fickle dining scene. The restaurant’s menu draws inspiration from cuisines ranging from local to Middle Eastern, and all are consistently well-prepared. Chef Tim Butler. Voted number 19 in San Pellegrino’s list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013, the restaurant is also known for its rotating exhibitions of contemporary art. The décor is sleek and simple, and the atmosphere is relaxed, with the best seats found on the balcony surrounded by tall bamboo. Eat Me also offers an excellent selection of wines and cocktails, and creative desserts like lemongrass infused soft crème brulee.
Eat Me, Alley, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2 238 0931
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