Dreaming of vegan fine dining in Bangkok


Life has changed. Currently surrounded by uncertainty and anxiety, many of us are struggling to come to terms with this unprecedented pandemic. The health issues, economic impact, social distancing, lock downs and global travel restrictions have all become part of life as we know it. We can only hope that in the not too distant future we can visit friends and family again whilst looking back on this period and reflecting on the worldwide impact it has had. In the meantime we are thinking back to our last trip before COVID-19 put a halt to any further travel, and are dreaming of vegan fine dining in Bangkok. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can visit these restaurants again and savour their plant based creations…

Nahm

Located in the upscale Metropolitan Hotel and led by Chef Pim Techamuanvivit, Nahm has continued to entice diners to this award winning restaurant. Launched by renowned chef, David Thompson is has regularly won awards since inception in 2010; it currently sits at number 22 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and has won a Michelin star in each of the last 3 years. They offer a multi course Botany menu which is perfectly plant based. Seasonal ingredients are used throughout a selection of traditional dishes with modern twists which elevate them to the level you would expect from a restaurant of this calibre.

Mei Jiang

Considered by many to be the finest Cantonese restaurant in Bangkok, Mei Jiang at The Peninsula Bangkok boasts an enviable location overlooking lush gardens and the Chao Praya river. Chef Jackie Ho and his team serve dishes that are both beautifully presented and packed with incredible flavours. The exquisite cuisine combined with the refined ambiance and elegant service make Mei Jiang a favourite with discerning diners. There are vegan options on the a la carte menu and a wellness dim sum lunch menu which can be served vegan. As part of the excellent Green Monday initiative you can enjoy dishes using the innovative OmniMeat and a selection of new plant dishes due to be added in the near future.

The Allium Bangkok

The Allium Bangkok is the French fine dining restaurant at The Athenee, a Luxury Collection Hotel. European chef de cuisine, Roxanne Lange is of Dutch heritage but her refined cooking style is classic French inspired. You can expect impeccably presented food that will impress you with it’s complexity and creativity. With much of the produce sourced locally and organic where possible this is an ideal fit for the multi course, plant based menu on offer. This is vegan fine dining of the highest level where the food, the service and the ambiance combine to create plant based perfection.

bo.lan

Since 2009 on Sukhumvit 53, the husband and wife team of chef Duangporn “Bo” Songvisava and chef Dylan Jones have continued to excite diners with their refined interpretation of traditional Thai food. Currently number 19 in Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants and boasting one Michelin star, bo.lan‘s cooking style and elegant restaurant design, that encompasses three dining rooms and an outdoor area, continues to impress. The multi course ‘Bo.lan Balance’ menu is wholly vegan and takes you on a Thai culinary journey before arriving at a platter of their sumptous petit fours.

If you are also dreaming of vegan fine dining in Bangkok then you won’t go far wrong by choosing any of these 4 restaurants. Each with their own unique styles but every one creating plant based cuisine that will leave you wanting to come back for more. Let’s hope we can beat this global pandemic and make our dreams come true…

Paul Eyers is Founder of Vegan Food Quest. Vegan Food Quest have become luxury vegan travel specialists as they continue to find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world.

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Comments (18)

  1. Terry Wilkinson says:

    I can’t wait for the borders to open up again and get to places like these. I live in Cambodia and there are some good vegan places here but nothing to match these.

    My vegan experience hasn’t stretched to fine dining yet and it’s long overdue that I try some of these out.

    • Paul Eyers says:

      Hopefully things will slowly change over the next few months…fingers crossed!

    • Jesse says:

      Yes, I’ve been to Cambodia as well — all over the country in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, and Siem Reap. There were some decent options for vegans but it was mostly soups. Nothing rich and decadent like this!

  2. Jamie says:

    I’m planning a trip to Bangkok later this year if allowed, and would love to visit one of these restaurants. They all look outstanding…

  3. Paul Lewis says:

    Looking at the fine food & reading about how good it is, makes me want to visit real soon! I sincerely hope once travel bans are lifted & borders open, that people will once again have the chance to sample the vegan delights in Bangkok.
    Thank you Veganfoodquest for keeping us up to date.

  4. Em Jacob says:

    I’m not vegan but I don’t mind a vegan or vegetarian dish every now and then. I’ve reduced meat intake over the years but I couldn’t cut it out entirely. I’ve had a look at that Omnimeat website as curiosity got the better of me. It looks pretty interesting, having the faux meat in packages like that and then reading about the benefits, like no GMC, no hormones, more iron than ground meat, no cholesterols, cruelty free, way more calcium, high fibre. I’m pretty surprised to be honest with how good it sounds.

    • Paul Eyers says:

      reducing meat consumption has so many benefits and products like OmniMeat certainly help with this. it’s very impressive in both taste and texture. the chefs that we have met are all impressed as to how it cooks also. hopefully it will be available in Europe at some stage!

    • Ray says:

      I sometimes feel the same way about eating vegan. It’s not something I can do all the time because I’m such a meat-eater. But there are definitely times when I’m glad vegan options exist because I like trying new things and I’m always surprised at how good vegan food can be.

  5. Eileen says:

    Wow, all four look absolutely fabulous. Your photos and descriptions are mouthwatering. I look forward to visiting Bangkok in the, hopefully, not too distant future and would be very happy to put any one of these on my list of fine ding experiences. For me, bo.lan would be top of the list.
    Many thanks, Paul, for helping us to think positively about future travel

  6. Bobby says:

    I was only in Bangkok recently, just before the lockdown and would love to return when restrictions are eased. All of these restaurants look outstanding, it’s great to see so many vegan options!

  7. J. Mitchell says:

    Dreaming of travel again makes me wish that I did more before the pandemic. Although, I would say 2019 was pretty good for me having traveled outside the country twice and locally as well. I’ve had two out-of-country travels planned this year, one in Japan supposedly this month, and another in Thailand around November when the weather is cooler and monsoon season is done. Sadly, both those trips will be put on hold or postponed to next year. It will just be my second time in Thailand, but I was planning a completely different itinerary for this time, including a foodie trail through Bangkok. I’m planning to re-sched all my travels this year so I’m taking notes whenever I come across information like this. Keeping my hopes up for when travel gets back to some semblance of normal.

    • Paul Eyers says:

      please reach out when your Thailand trip is rescheduled. we live in Cambodia and spend lots of time in Thailand so may be abl to help with some foodie travel tips!

  8. Amanda says:

    I was in Bangkok a year ago (wow, I can’t believe it’s already been a year!) and I feel like I only scratched the surface of the cuisine there. When I was scrolling through this post, I totally forgot that this was all vegan food! Way cool! Can’t wait to go back and try some of these places. Bangkok is one of my favorite cities I’ve ever been to.

  9. Paul Eyers says:

    Thank you for commenting Amanda. We love Bangkok too and can’t wait until it is possoble to return…

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