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The Dining Room at the House on Sathorn Bangkok, Thailand

About a month ago, on a typical sunny, humid day in Taipei, my gmail notification popped up on my phone screen. Immediately, my eyes lit up.

It was an email titled “ Greetings From the House on Sathorn" sent from Fatih Tutak, the talented Turkish chef who led the restaurant to be listed as no. 36 on the Asia's 50 best restaurants list this year. I was invited by Chef Tutak to dine at The Dining Room and the next thing I know I was already on the flight to Bangkok, Thailand.

The House on Sathorn is a 128-year-old colonial building that was once the Russia Embassy until 1999. The House is situated in the heart of Bangkok’s financial district adjacent to the W Hotel. The vibrant yellow and green colors immediately caught my attention.

Walking through the corridor, it was almost like entering a secret hideout and escaping from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The House is surprisingly larger than I imagined with a dining room, lounge/bar area, conference and VIP rooms on the second floor and a spacious courtyard filled with greens juxtaposed under the gaze of Mahanakhon Tower. The overall ambience evoked memories of an opulent past era. What makes The Dining Room so unique is definitely its charm of combining the old with the new.

With that being said, let’s head into a contemporary gastronomic journey with chef Fatih. To be honest, I didn't anticipate Turkish cuisine being so delectable and it would be one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had, but that's exactly what happened.

The Dining Room serves mostly dishes that express a strong Turkish heritage and influence but with a modern and innovative Asian twist. The concept focuses on presenting Turkey ingredients and its rich history using both traditional and modern cooking styles.

I had the Signature Journey tasting menu. A 9-course menu featuring a wide variety of modern Turkish influenced cuisine. A few of my favorites are: Umami of Anatolia, Constantinople, and From My Mum.

See what I ate at The Dining Room in the pictures below: