We are quite excited for the upcoming November launch of Paste at the Apsara in Luang Prabang, and for you to taste our take on fine Lao food. Apparently so are many of our friends in the press – please take a look at the articles below, and join us soon.

Paste | Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019

What makes it stand out: Paste is a study in Thai culinary history. Chef-owners Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun and her husband Jason Bailey have spent years painstakingly studying and chronicling the evolution of Thai cuisine, discovering century-old recipes and long-forgotten techniques in the process…Full article here.


elit® Vodka Asia’s Best Female Chef 2018

Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun has dedicated most of her life to rediscovering and reviving the authentic flavours of classic Thai cuisine. Together with chef-husband Jason Bailey, she has carved a unique place in Bangkok’s diverse gastronomic scene with restaurant Paste, where she showcases refined versions of traditional Thai dishes that reflect the country’s heritage with layered flavours and textural contrasts.

 Full article here.

– elit® Vodka Asia’s Best Female Chef 2018

“It’s very, very difficult to truly be able to taste. It’s not just about memory but also your genetic coding that contributes to what is stored within you. To truly taste, your mind must be clear and hold taste in the highest esteem. It may just be an afterthought because you want to distract the customer’s eyes by fancy visuals, but you have to know how to produce a dish that isn’t one-dimensional in overall taste.”

– Chef Bee Satongun

Full article here.

One Michelin Star Paste to Open Branch in UNESCO Listed Luang Prabang

With her family roots steeped in northern Thailand and Laos, it’s no surprise that Chef Bee Satongun is opening a second branch of Paste in the charming UNESCO listed city of Luang Prabang. Full article here.

– Michelin Guide Online

Michelin-Starred Bangkok Restaurant Paste Prepares Luang Prabang Plates

“Like the boutique hotel where the restaurant will be located, Paste at The Apsara will be sure to pay the greatest possible attention to detail.

As in Bangkok, the discerning diner in Luang Prabang will be pleased to take note of the processes taken to create memorable dishes with a focus on preserving old-fashioned ways where possible.”  – Full article here.

– Laotian Times

Michelin in the Mountains: Paste at The Apsara to be Luang Prabang’s first restaurant by starred chefs

So, could this opening make Luang Prabang a new destination for foodies in Asia? It might. Considering the popularity of Paste Bangkok and ease and affordability of travel to and accommodation in Luang Prabang (AirAsia direct round-trip flights from Bangkok start at THB2,590 (US$79) from Bangkok and rooms at The Apsara start at THB1,500 (US$45) per night) it’s not unthinkable that people will start making weekend trips just to try the new restaurant.Full article here.


(hotel rates quoted in the article are for low season, please check the Apsara website for current rates)