Because The Dining Room has been listed as Number 36 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017.
Each year, votes by more than 300 leaders in the restaurant industry are tallied to determine Asia’s top food and drink venues. Voters comprise food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded gastronomes in the region. Adjudication by professional services consultancy Deloitte ensures that integrity of the voting process and has helped make Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants one of the industry’s most respected and sought-after commendations.
This is quite an achievement for a restaurant so young. Not even two years old in fact, but I’m not surprised. The place does possess the qualities of a winner. Qualities so unique that it can lure in the foodies and make them come back for more.
Let me break it down for you.
The place: a landmark in the heart of Bangkok
The House on Sathorn has gained reputation as one of the city’s most eclectic dining spots.
Built in 1889 during the reign of King Rama V, The House’s neo-classical structure originally housed wealthy businessman Luang Sathorn Rajayutka, who created Sathorn Canal. The home was later was passed down to his descendents. In the early 1920s, the site was converted into the majestic Hotel Royal. Later, from 1948 to 1999, the building served as the Russian Embassy.
Recognizing the immense historic value of the house, the development team worked closely with Thailand’s Fine Arts Department to carefully restore the home to its former glory, as part of the conversion to The House on Sathorn. Major renovations were conducted on the four buildings and large courtyard, keeping the original main structure intact. Meanwhile, inside, the original color palette, intricate wooden staircases and even the Sathorn Rajayutka family’s personalized fresco motifs have all been meticulously restored by the Fine Arts Department. The compelling juxtaposition of contemporary components and new elements reflect the boundless creativity of renowned design firm AvroKO of New York.
The chef: Chef Fatih Tutak.
Originally hailing from Istanbul, Turkey, Director of Culinary Fatih Tutak oversees all food and drink operations at The House on Sathorn. The chef’s distinctive menus are inspired by his extensive travels in Asia and beyond. Constantly seeking new recipes and preparation methods, Chef Fatih communicates with guests through the mediums of flavor, texture and color – and more than a dash of good humor.
“My culinary interest was inspired at a young age by my mother’s home cooking, which developed into a passion and fuelled my dream of becoming a chef,” explains Chef Fatih. “Combining the finest seasonal ingredients from Asia, each dish also reflect my love of travel and delight in the discovery of new things. This ‘fun dining’ concept perfectly balances technique, culinary sensibility and a sense of lightheartedness, which is well aligned with the house’s narrative.”
Chef Fatih comes to The House on Sathorn after creating a unique dining experience at The Bellbrook Hong Kong, recognized by the Hong Kong-Macau Michelin Guide 2015. Other stints include the world-renowned restaurant NOMA in Copenhagen and 3 Michelin-starred Nihonryori Ryugin in Tokyo. He also served as the Executive Sous Chef at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, among other celebrated establishments.
The cuisine: ‘Innovative Asian cuisine with Turkish Twists
Presenting the combination of originality and innovation, each dish is inspired by the Chef’s travel experience throughout Asia and brought to the table in a way that perfectly enhances the beauty of The House on Sathorn’s history with the heritage of Turkish cuisine.
Since its reinvention and debut in 2015, The Dining Room at The House on Sathorn has continuously evolved its serving style to match the cuisine concept. “We are proud that our tasting menus and our creative service style have successfully delivered the unique culinary experience and allowed guests to travel through the journey of senses along the meal.”, explains Tina Liu – General Manager of W Bangkok and The House on Sathorn.
*With PR from W Bangkok.