Thais love food and their palates are not confined to local cuisine. Here are some of the best restaurants tempting Bangkok’s gourmands with their refined foreign fare.

1. Shang Palace, Shangri-la Bangkok

Impressive chandeliers and Chinese panels are the first signs of a grand gastronomic experience. The Cantonese staples here are authentic and perfectly flavoured.

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2. Savelberg, Oriental Residence Bangkok

Dutch chef Henk Savelberg’s Bangkok installation dishes out modern French cuisine that is light yet sophisticated. It isn’t cutting edge, but it provides a good alternative for those who love French food.

3. La Scala, The Sukhothai

Foreign flavours trying to take root in Bangkok should take a page off La Scala’s spirited concept. The restaurant adds wonderfully modern touches to hearty Italian dining, complemented by chic interiors.

4. J'aime by Jean-Michel Lorain, U Sathorn Bangkok 

Tucked away in a quiet spot in Sathorn is the culinary bastion of an illustrious French chef who has completely mastered classic French fare. The interior is elegant and complements the fine dining experience.

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5. Le Normandie, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok 

Two-Michelin-starred Le Normandie has had a string of consultant chefs, including Guy Martin. But under current chef de cuisine Arnaud Dunand Sauthier, the restaurant has come to serve contemporary French cuisine that is best described as sublime. With attentive and professional staff, Le Normandie delivers fine dining at its best.

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