It’s been noted that the largest single expat community in Bangkok is the Japanese, which explains why there are so many amazing Japanese restaurants in this city—most importing not only top of the line ingredients from Japan but also their star-powered chefs. A recent addition to this list of kitchen talent is Yukio Takeda, who has been appointed Japanese Head Chef at the JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok(4, Sukhumvit Soi 2). He’ll be overseeing things at the hotel’s Tsu Japanese restaurant, and Nami Teppanyaki steakhouse. Chef Takeda has worked at some of the world’s most established kitchens, including the two-Michelin-starred Umu Japanese restaurant in London, and the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong, where he was the man behind the famous Kaetsu restaurant and its crafted hand-rolled sushi and Teppanyaki menu. Come and experience his amazing culinary craftsmanship.
Back-to-back Michelin menus
Along with the Michelin star power arriving in Bangkok as part of the World Gourmet Festival, and the SO Amazing Chefs event, Bangkok foodies can also enjoy the appearance of two more superstar chefs coming to town this month. At The St. Regis Bangkok their ‘Michelin-Star Dining’ September programme features Chef Ronny Emborg, from the two-Michelin-starred Atera in Tribeca, New York. He’ll be at the hotel’s Jojo restaurant from Monday the 18th to Saturday the 23rd. Meanwhile, Chef Michel Roux—whose restaurant The Waterside Inn, in London, remains the only restaurant in the world outside France to have retained three Michelin stars for more than 30 years—is coming to the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. He’ll be at the hotel’s acclaimed Le Normandie restaurant from September 25th to the 30th.
The award-winning modern Thai restaurant Le Du (399/3, Silom Soi 7) welcomes chef Han Li Guang of the Michelin-starred modern Singaporean restaurant Labyrinth for two exclusive four-hand dinners with resident chef Thitid Tassanakajohn. Taking place on September 13th and 14th, these six-course dinners will marvel local foodies with each chef’s impeccable Asian-rooted modern creations, including chef Han’s crab with chili ice cream and salted fish and chef Thitid’s oyster with Thai rice wine. The price is B2,900++ (add B1,800++ for wine pairing), and reservations can be made by calling 092 919 9969, or emailing email@example.com.
Crammed for space
Although it’s been open since 2014, tucked away on Sukhumvit Soi 39, Kram restaurant has recently added several dine and drink spots to its front yard space, including Coastal, a fun and funky bamboo bar, and a hip java joint courtesy of Singaporean coffee roasters Sarnies—which occupies two glass-fronted shipping containers in the yard. But foodies are buzzing most about Maison De Bangkok (also occupying a container), which is quite possibly Bangkok’s tiniest chef’s table restaurant, with room for just six diners. Here, Chef Chatchai Chaengnakorn serves multi-course East-meets-West flavoured meals.