Joël Robuchon establishments around the world hold 28 Michelin stars. Many saw the 2014 arrival of his latest, Bangkok's L' Atelier, as emblematic of the increased seriousness with which the city's eating scene is being taken.
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
The decor at Kom-Ba-Wa (Japanese for "good evening") is best described as retro quirk.
Courtesy Kom Ba Wa
Relaxed, family friendly Peppina has gained masses of fans in Bangkok, many now addicted to chef Paolo Vitaletti's Neapolitan take on pizza.
Benjarong has been around since the early 1990s, but since the arrival of chef Morten Bjostrup Nielsen (formerly at the Michelin-starred Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen) this once stodgy hotel restaurant has been reborn.
Mejico may not be the truly authentic Mexican place that Bangkok needs, but it's a cut above most of the Tex-Mex joints around.
The brainchild of TV chef Noom Chantrawan, Osha isn't all flash. The Thai food here is created and presented with wit and thoughtfulness.
El Osito —
El Osito is closed for renovations -- it's set to reopen July 4. The revamped space will have a true open kitchen where customers can walk in and see chef Daniel Bucher in action.
A number of Michelin-lauded chefs have opened up satellite establishments in Thailand but Henk Savelberg has gone the whole hog, shutting down his place in the Netherlands and moving to Bangkok for good. His menu hits a midpoint between classic French and nouvelle cuisine.
Ginza Sushi Ishi —
Ishibashi Masakazu is the executive head chef at Ginza Sushi Ishi, a spinoff from the Tokyo favorite.
Ginza Sushi Ichi
Le Du —
For anyone dining at Le Du, it's probably easiest to just pick one of the set menus (four- or seven-course) and enjoy the journey chef Ton Tassanakajohn has created. The food is identifiably Thai but at the same time unpredictable.