A toast to Ryuki Kawasaki

tasty December 27, 2017 15:09

By The Nation

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Lebua Hotels and Resorts’ flagship restaurant Mezzaluna, headed by chef de cuisine Ryuki Kawasaki, was awarded two Michelin stars in the inaugural little red guide in Bangkok.



Mezzaluna was one of three Bangkok restaurants to obtain two stars. Its description in the Guide reads: “…on the 65th floor of the lebua Hotel, seemingly suspended in the clouds, the chef (Kawasaki) and his team deliver European delights executed with Japanese precision in five- and seven-course set menus.”

Indian progressive cuisine Gaggan on Soi Langsuan and French establishment Le Normandie at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok are another two restaurants that earned two stars.

“To be to be awarded two Michelin tars is truly incredible. I am proud and deeply humbled by the recognition from the Michelin guide. I cannot say enough about my team at Mezzaluna and the support we’ve received from lebua. They’ve encouraged me to indulge my culinary imagination and build the experience that is Mezzaluna,” said Kawasaki. 

He has created an experiential menu that beautifully showcases how his Japanese heritage has informed his French culinary training. Using the best, locally sourced, organic Thai ingredients, as well as premium ingredients imported from around the world, the chef is able to create exclusive dishes, like his signature Murakami beef entree.

“lebua Hotels and Resorts is proud to have nurtured the talent of Chef Ryuki and to have earned the recognition of the Michelin guide. 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,” added Deepak Ohri, CEO of lebua Hotels and Resorts. 

The first selection for the Michelin guide Bangkok featured a total of 98 restaurants and highlights Bangkok’s balance of embracing international cuisines without abandoning its own heritage and authentic cuisine – which draws millions of visitors worldwide. Only three restaurants earned two stars, 14 restaurants earned one star and no restaurants earned three stars. This year’s selection also featured 35 restaurants awarded the Bib Gourmand. 

For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.lebua.com.

To view the full selection of the Michelin guide Bangkok 2018, visit www.Guide.Michelin.com.