The Best Fine Dining
- Breeze (Bangkok; tel. 02624-9999): The skyscraping seafood experience on offer at Breeze will amaze anyone who braves the giddy heights of this alfresco restaurant in State Tower. The fusion-inspired menu is guaranteed to blow you (and your wallet) away, while the views of Bangkok below are irresistible. Advance reservations are obligatory.
- Baan Khanitha (Bangkok; tel. 02675-4200 and 02258-4128): Authentic Thai cuisine, served up in a cozy and refined ambience, attracts Thai and foreign gourmets alike to sample the extensive menu. Choose from two locations: the original, on Sukhumvit Soi 23, and the other, on South Sathorn Road.
- Pier 59 (Bangkok; tel. 02679-1200): High above the glistening city, this new supper-only venue houses vast aquariums and low blue lighting, creating an ambient glow. Seafood is the focus, but carnivores should fear not; the exceptionally long menu includes meat as well as delectable crustaceans. The miniature selection of bite-size desserts is sure to delight all.
- Biscotti (Bangkok; tel. 02126-8866): Few Italian restaurants impress like this Four Seasons favorite. A wonderful open-concept kitchen is surrounded by a fusion of East and West designer decor by New York-style guru Tony Chi. Expect a twist on the traditional, accompanied by an excellent wine list.
- The Pier (Ko Samui; tel. 07743-0681): This sophisticated and romantic spot on the north coast of Ko Samui is the ideal place to indulge in some delectable seafood and a glass of wine while listening to hip sounds and gazing at the stars.
- The Boathouse Wine & Grill (Kata Beach, Phuket; tel. 07633-0015): With a delightful terrace looking over Kata Beach, the Boathouse is the ideal spot to enjoy fine dining beside the sea. The best of French and Thai cuisine is on offer, as is a dizzying range of wines from the cellar.
- Fujian (Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai; tel. 05388-8888): It's hard to choose a more upmarket eatery in Chiang Mai. Just before the main gate to this fanciful Lanna-era-styled resort is the hotel's Chinese restaurant, set in a pseudo-colonial mansion at the end of a pretty cobbled lane. Succulent dim sum lunches, or mouthwatering marinated meats, filets of waxy steamed fish, and fresh seafood complemented by devilish desserts (warning: the black sesame ice cream is addictive) make for a rather pricey, but exquisite, dining experience.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.