Savelberg Bangkok

Restaurant by Michelin-starred Henk Savelberg

Savelberg Bangkok at the Oriental Residence (Ploenchit) is run by Henk Savelberg, the critically-acclaimed chef behind four different Michelin-starred restaurants in the Netherlands. The Dutch international made a name for himself in the French fine-dining scene over the past three decades, and the menu at this Bangkok outlet is no different - although do expect some of his immaculately presented signature dishes to lean more towards the contemporary side of things.  

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Unlike other Michelin-affiliated restaurants in Bangkok (such as L'atelier de Joel Robuchon), the main man is working the kitchen on a daily basis, focusing all of his efforts on the Thai capital – so you know you’re getting the real deal. You would hope so: the lunch set here costs 1,800 baht, whilst the tasting menu goes from 3,000 up to 4,800 baht.

Paying homage to Savelberg’s Dutch roots (and the fact that their embassy is next door), décor inside the two-story venue follows a vibrant orange theme, and the large glass windows looking out onto the busy Wireless Road in Ploenchit allow plenty of light in during the day. The kitchen is also part-open plan too, letting you see the busy chefs at work. Upstairs feels a bit more intimate, with a few tables reserved for when the main dining room is full, as well as a couple of private rooms for special reservations.

A selection of appetisers precedes the mains; even here you can appreciate the chef’s expertise coming through in both the presentation and flavour, such as in the barbequed pork salad with a pumpkin moose, smoked foie gras and tiny morsels of vegetables resembling a pretty cabbage patch.

The short, seafood-heavy menu at Savelberg Bangkok includes a roundup of all French fine-dining essentials, including lobster, langoustine, oysters, caviar, sole, foie gras and veal; all of which can be found on the a la carte menu. Opting for the langoustine (part of the tasting menu), the dish is presented to our table with the meat done in two ways: pan-fried and pureed into a tartar. Imported from the North Sea near Denmark, the freshness, combined with a light tomato broth, is quite sublime. Similarly, the delightful grilled sole is flown in straight in from the cold waters of the North Sea. Here, the delicate flavours of the fish are enhanced just enough thanks to the smokiness from the grill, and the fillet is topped-off with a simple honey and lemon dressing – one of Chef Henk’s signature dishes he’s brought over to Bangkok.

Dessert comes in three beautiful small portions; a welcome touch that allows the talented team here to show off more of their flamboyant side. Sweetness is subdued with the addition of some savory ingredients, such as in the frozen banana and French toast, whilst the pre-dessert of frozen raspberry with rasp of orange, ice cream and cinnamon is like digging into Christmas, spoon first.

Drinks at Savelberg Bangkok inevitably focus on the wine, and their an extensive array of Old and New World imports have around a dozen or so selections available by the glass, and can be paired with each dish according to the advice of the staff.

Lunch (12:00-14:00) at Savelberg Bangkok costs 1,800 baht whilst dinner tasting menus (18:00-22:00) start at 3,000 baht and go up to 4,800 baht for eight courses. Find the restaurant by heading down Wireless Road from Ploenchit BTS Station - it’s next to the Dutch Embassy and also close to the grounds of the American Embassy.

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Oriental Residence Bangkok

Located on a leafy street close to the American Embassy, Oriental Residence is the perfect place to stay if you want a peaceful and refined vacation close to both the shopping haven of Siam and Silom business district.The lobby is bright and filled with the scent of fresh flowers; the pool area is a chic and welcoming space, with a friendly Deck Bar and romantic cabanas, and the fitness centre, although small, is excellently equipped with TechnoGym machines and weights.The two restaurants at Oriental Residence are reason alone to visit, and actually draw food connoisseurs from all over the city to sample the Parisian atmosphere, sizeable TWG tea menu and delectable International cuisine at Cafe Claire, and the cutting-edge Chinese menu at Mandopop. Read More...

Savelberg Bangkok

  • Opening Hours: 12:00-14:00; 18:00-22:00 (Closed Sunday)
  • Address: Savelberg, G/F, Oriental Residence, 110 Wireless Road, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Tel: +662 252 8001
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