This week, Michelin announced its 2021 stars for Thailand. The dining guide covers Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Phang-Nga, but is still relatively small given its scope with just 28 starred restaurants on the list: 22 with one star, six with two stars, and no three-star restaurants. None of the new additions highlight the country’s rich street food culture, and Jay Fai, despite expressing the desire to be stripped of her one Michelin star, remains the only starred street food vendor in Thailand.
In the latest guide, Michelin promotes just one restaurant to the two-star level. Chef’s Table, a French fine dining restaurant, gets two stars after debuting in the guide with one star last year. All five of the other restaurants in the category maintained their two-star status from 2020.
There’s only slightly more movement in the one-star category, with just three restaurants added to the list. Two are in the guide for the very first time: Blue by Alain Ducasse (another French pick) and Cadence by Dan Bark, not French, but the naming convention alone would appear to make it Michelin bait (see the list below).
Omakase restaurant Sushi Masato, the third new entrant, gets one Michelin star, promoted from its spot in the Michelin Plate category, which features “eateries providing a good meal, capably prepared with fresh ingredients and good cooking.” The 19 other restaurants with one Michelin star retained their status from last year, but Phuket restaurant PRU also gets Michelin’s new Green Star for its efforts to minimize its carbon footprint, chemical use, and food waste. A new “young chef” award goes to Sujira “Aom” Pongmorn, the chef of one-star restaurant Saawaan, while a the guide’s new service award goes to Guillaume Barray, the general manager of new two-star restaurant Chef’s Table.
Michelin’s 2021 guide to Thailand also includes 106 Bib Gourmand selections, including 17 new and four promoted from the Michelin Plate category, and 165 Michelin Plates, with 32 of those appearing in the guide for the first time. See below for the full list of Thailand’s Michelin stars.
Blue by Alain Ducasse
Cadence by Dan Bark
Chim by Siam Wisdom
Ginza Sushi Ichi
J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain
Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin