Hailed as the world’s leading authority on fine dining, MICHELIN has dished out 20 stars to 17 restaurants in the city. Among them is Mezzaluna at lebua at State Tower, which has been awarded the two-star accolade. The publication of the guide makes Bangkok the seventh city in Asia to be recognised by the gourmet handbook, joining the likes of Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo as world powers on the culinary stage. The Dome at lebua, the group’s collection of restaurants and bars atop its Bangkok hotels, include Sirocco, Sky Bar, Flûte: A Perrier-Jouët Bar, the signature Breeze and Mezzaluna restaurants and the newly launched Alfresco 64 – A Chivas Bar, the highest whisky bar in the world.
Sky-high restaurant Mezzaluna is one of just three in the Thai capital to have been awarded two stars in the inaugural edition of the Michelin guide Bangkok, reaffirming its place among the best fine-dining restaurants in Asia. Known for its innovative European cuisine fused with Japanese culinary traditions, the restaurant was recognised in the prestigious culinary guide for its balanced and sophisticated flavours, creativity and technical precision, but anyone who has visited Mezzaluna will know that the mesmerising views of the city and the chance to dine among the most discerning clientele in Thailand are an equally important part of the experience.
Towering above the Chao Phraya River on the 65th floor of the Dome at lebua at State Tower, Mezzaluna is the domain of chef Ryuki Kawasaki, whose experiential five- and seven-course set menus are the most excitingin Bangkok. “lebua Hotels and Resorts is proud to have nurtured the talent of chef Ryuki and to have earned the recognition of the Michelin guide,” said Deepak Ohri, CEO of lebua Hotels and Resorts. “Mezzaluna is a spectacular restaurant and now the world knows it. With the arrival of the Michelin guide, Bangkok, already the number one tourist destination in the world, is poised to become the leading culinary destination internationally as well.”
New dishes are dreamed up daily at Mezzaluna (which means half-moon, after the restaurant’s unique design) according to the availability of the best, locally-sourced, organic Thai ingredients and premium products imported exclusively for Mezzaluna. Think soy glazed snapper served with foie gras in smoke consommé, or tangerine marinated Scottish langoustine with lemongrass and sultana raisins. Hungry for more? How about Nagasaki Wagyu beef rib-eye grilled over white bincho charcoal with Perigord truffle, or chef’s exclusive Murakami beef?
The Michelin guide defines those restaurants awarded with two stars as those with “excellent cooking, worth a detour” and the award is already encouraging plenty of diners to do just that; business is booming since the release of the guide in December, so book early via www.lebua.com if you hope to grab a table at one of the best-rated restaurants in Thailand.
A seven-course meal at Mezzaluna starts from US $187, plus US $111 for wine pairings. To view the full MICHELIN guide Bangkok 2018, visit www.guide.michelin.com.