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  • The House on Sathorn by W Hotel

    Beautiful Bar and Restaurant Set in the Old Russian Embassy


    The House on Sathorn by W Bangkok has taken one of the most spectacular period mansions in Bangkok and come up with a multi-themed venue that evokes a 19th century charm yet pushes the boundaries in terms of cuisine and conceptual drinks. Comprising a restaurant, cocktail bar and large courtyard (plus many other private sections), it has taken three long years to bring this restaurant-cum-bar to fruition. We have been pestering them endlessly for updates over the years and, finally, we got inside for a grand tour… it didn’t disappoint.

    Originally owned by royalty, The House was briefly turned into a hotel before serving for many years as the Russian Embassy. All the original fixtures have been kept, from the window shutters to the ornate pillars, parquet floors and even the grand old trees in the courtyard.

  • The dining room serves Japanese-influenced cuisine with an emphasis on ‘fun dining’. The menu is incredibly personalised, as each dish has been inspired by a moment in Chef Fatih Tutak’s life. He has used his experience to create a menu incorporating a little bit of all the places he has lived and loved – each with a whimsical name.

    From my Childhood (380 baht) is visually exciting and has such clean, clear flavours. It consists of an eggplant base with grilled okra, eggplant puree, small edible flowers and a unique transparent tomato jelly cover. To add some depth, there is a toasty tomato relish on the side.

    For mains, we can’t look past the Pier 9 (1,950 baht), a gigantic Ayutthaya river prawn which has been pried open, and its rich fats been removed and minced with spice, before being carefully placed within. The huge body is soft and succulent, while the shrimp fat and cheddar sauce is rich and incredibly flavoursome.

    Hunting (790 baht) is a visually stunning dish: a duck breast, with pomegranate and pomegranate jus splashed all over the plate. Sorel leaves represent the fallen bird’s wings, while onion adds some balance of flavour (with burnt onion powder mimicking gun powder). This dish has been a favourite of the Instagram crowd, and although it isn’t the most satisfying dish on the menu, it is undoubtedly impressive.

    Save room for dessert because the culinary creativity continues. No Cheesecake (350 baht) is our top pick: white chocolate mousse with premium saké and a shortbread base. The saké is fragrant and with just a warming hint similar to brandy cake, but the texture is light and fluffy. It comes with a side of Roselle jam, adding a lovely piquant contrast.

    The bar area is replete with lavish touches like heavy leather sofas, hanging artwork and a beautifully elaborate ceiling. Behind the bar, Italian mixologist Michele Montauti and his team have a short and concise cocktail menu with just five signature drinks (420 baht), a section for the classics (370 baht), and several pages of wines and whiskies. Although the signatures are short in number, each one jumps off the page.

    Our top tipple is The Garden: a gin-based drink with floral overtones worthy of the name, made with chrysanthemum-and thyme-infused gin, chamomile tea, lemon zest and fresh rosemary shaken with a frothy head. There’s even rum-based creation using yuzu, seaweed and a measured use of salt for a taste of the sea. But this is the type of bar where you can ask for something special and have your very own drink created in front of you. Beers start from 160 baht.

    The real star of the show is the incredible venue but the bar restaurant and chilled courtyard have each been executed with style, making it one of the hottest places in Bangkok for a long time to come. Located in the grounds of W Bangkok Hotel, The House on Sathorn is just a few steps from Chong Nonsi BTS Station on the junction with Sathorn and Naratiwas Road.

    The House on Sathorn by W Hotel

    • Opening Hours: 12:000-24:00 (lunch 12:00-14:30, dinner 18:00-22:30)
    • Location: 106 North Sathorn Road, Silom (in the grounds of W Hotel Bangkok)
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