Whether you spend time on the islands or in the capital, Thailand is home to a pleasant array of high-end eateries to give your taste buds an upscale treat.
As a growing number of visitors flock to Thailand each year, the Kingdom comes up with new ways to impress. If its gleaming beaches and glorious climate weren’t enough, the country is now home to a generous sprinkling of high-end restaurants.
Of course, guests at a private villa can opt to have a chef cook for them, which guarantees an evening of gastronomic delights without ever leaving the poolside, but sometimes it's nice to get dressed up to go out for dinner.
Whether you have just landed in Bangkok, or want to celebrate your vacation with a feast on Koh Samui, there is always an exquisite selection of menus at your fingertips.
Below are five top fine dining options in Bangkok, on Phuket and Koh Samui.
Life's a Breeze
Holidaymakers staying on Phuket won’t want to miss out on a meal at Breeze at Cape Yamu, which was recently crowned Phuket’s finest restaurant in a survey conducted by Phuket.com. Perched on a lofty hilltop above the ocean, guests enjoy panoramic views out over Cape Yamu as they tuck into unique dishes prepared by the restaurant's inspired Canadian Chef Cheryl and her team. The cuisine at Breeze lives up to the views, with the menu offering an array of dishes with the freshest ingredients possible, depending on what produce is available. Seafood is one of the restaurant’s specialties, and you can’t go wrong ordering dishes like fresh oysters followed by marinated squid with lemon, herbs and capers.
Dine like Royalty
Mom’s Tri Kitchen, situated in Phuket’s Villa Royale Boutique Hotel, is undoubtedly one of Phuket’s most lavish dining experiences. Overlooking the tranquil waters of Kata Noi Beach, Mom’s Tri Kitchen serves up food created by culinary masterminds, Chef Darren and Chef Sura. In addition to the gourmet treats available, Mom’s Tri Kitchen is also Phuket’s top spot for wine connoisseurs with a wine cellar offering over 750 labels and a Wine Spectator Award under it’s belt. If you are looking for somewhere to host an intimate celebration, the Owner’s Table is a private dining room in which you are guaranteed the very best in personal service.
The word Hansar, taken from ancient Sanskrit, translates to happiness and joy. As such, it stands to reason that guests who dine at Hansar Samui’s H Bistro leave with a very happy stomach. H Bistro offers a sumptuous Mediterranean-inspired menu with fresh ingredients sourced from as far away as Canada, Japan and France. At the helm of the culinary team is Chef Stephen Dion, a culinary genius who spent two years working as the private chef for His Majesty the King of Jordan. Guests should not miss out on the restaurant’s seafood specialities – including fresh lobster flown in from Maine.
If you fancy a few cocktails with your meal, then 9gems is definitely the place to make your dinner reservations. This funky lounge restaurant offers an exclusive setting, positioned on the serene hills overlooking Koh Samui's Chaweng Lake. The fusion-style menu tempts diners with a variety of options, from a la carte meals to irresistible tapas sharers if you are in the mood to feast your taste buds on as many dishes as possible, including dishes such as coconut squid, pesto mussels and grilled fusion tandoori.
Taste of the City
If you have just touched down in Bangkok and are looking for a restaurant that will kick off your holiday with a culinary bang, look no further than Kiin Kiin’s Sra Bua restaurant at the Siam Kempinski Hotel. Set around an elaborate water feature comprising lily ponds and lotus flowers, diners can enjoy Thai food prepared with a creative, European twist. Signature dishes include lotus root flavoured with kaffir lime, red curry with lobster salad and seared foie gras with plum wine and tamarind pear chutney. Is your mouth watering? It should be.