One of the most exciting bits of making Top Tables every year is seeing which new places get the nod. This year, 14 old favorites got ousted for this lot, whose offerings range from nose-to-tail Isaan to handmade pastas. Which of your top new restaurants did we miss? Email email@example.com.
Nose-to-tail dining is back with big, bold Isaan flavors.
100 Mahaset Rd., 02-235-0023
Sensational seafood paellas and a deliciously homey, Med-inspired dining room.
112 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-258-7696
Simply Bangkok’s best roast chicken (with some fine potatoes, too).
Nang Linchi Soi Amon, 095-594-6675
Swanky surroundings, (seriously) small plates, and a polished-but-relaxed vibe.
113/9-10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 099-614-1158
Charcoal-grilled Japanese bar bites in an effortlessly cool part of town.
672/49 Charoenkrung 28, 061-558-7689
Asia-meets-new-Nordic tasting menus from Gaggan’s former sous chef.
68/3 Soi Lang Suan, 091-419-2424
Pasta and more pasta in a popping, aquamarine environment.
161/6 Thonglor Soi 9, 02-392-8688
Low-and-slow barbecue with a flamboyant French edge.
26 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-662-3814
Prime cuts in a big-balled hotel steak joint.
34-36/F, Park Hyatt, 88 Wireless Rd., 02-012-1234
Bangkok’s best somtam according to the class of Bangkokian who eat at hipster Ari joints.
Phahon Yothin Soi 8, 097-918-1175, 098-263-5715
Eastern Thai flavors in an upmarket Sukhumvit location.
90 Sukhumvit Soi 33, 02-088-0968
Sushi from L.A. with a Michelin star back home and the guts to stray from Edo tradition.
G/F, Athenee Tower, 63 Wireless Rd., 02-168-8490
Vietnamese dishes from the guy who brought Bangkok the Kinfolk Table series.
69 Maharaj Rd., 093-469-2969
Mediterranean-meets-Moroccan flavors in one half of the old Vesper.
Convent Rd., 02-236-5558
4. Top Omissions
We’ll be the first to admit that the Top Tables voting system isn’t perfect (which restaurant awards is?), and every year there are a few venues that have us crying out, “Where are they?!” Top Tables 2018 is no exception. How could our panel have overlooked that duck dish at Aldo's, or the wonderfully succulent charcoal-grilled chicken of Tori Tama? Here are all the places that didn’t make the cut but should have!
There was a time when foodie circles whispered Herve Frerard’s name in hushed awe. His former restaurant Le Beaulieu was Top Tables’ no. 1 entry in 2014. Today, he’s still making arguably Bangkok’s most decadently rich and flavor-packed French sauces at Aldo’s, together with old Le Beaulieu bistro classics like coq au vin.
7/F, The Ascott Sathorn Bangkok, 187 Sathorn Rd., 02-676-6969
Can anyone say “saturated market”? With so many omakase restaurants in Bangkok nowadays, all charging over B5,000 a head and all touting fish straight from Japan, it’s little wonder so many fell off the list. Still, we reckon this new contender should be considered in the sushi premiership.
Sukhumvit Soi 39, New Petchaburi Rd., 065-738-9999
While sushi might be well represented, the guide made space for just one yakitori specialist this year: long-timer Jidori ya Ken. Sadly, we feel that Jidori’s glory days are behind it. Anyone who’s tried Tori Tama’s juicy offerings would surely also agree.
Park Lane, 18 Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Ekkamai), 02-382-0141
Le Dalat might have the swagger, but this Vietnamese restaurant has the flavor. What the tucked-away Vietnamese & More lacks in polish it makes up for in a succulent beef brisket banh mi and rare specialities like dill and turmeric laden fried tilapia.
Rompo Mansion, 99/9-11 Thang Rotfai Khao-Saipaknam Rd., 02-671-9955
The undisputed daddy of fine-dining neighborhoods is Sathorn-Silom, home to over one-quarter of the guide’s venues. However, if you go by the neighborhood with the most Top Tables per square kilometer, then it’s the area surrounding Phrom Phong station (Sukhumvit Soi 31-49) with 13 Top Tables. Charoenkrung is another winner of this year’s guide, with its own dedicated section (together with Charoen Nakhon) for the first time. Places like Jua, 80/20 and 100 Mahaseth have added a young streak to the established hotel haunts.
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