Five fascinating facts about Bangkok icon – The House of Sathorn
There are so many iconic buildings here in Bangkok. One glance along the Bangkok skyline and you’ll see a building that appears pixelated, a hotel inspired by the shape of hands in a wai, and even an office building shaped like an elephant. But there’s no other building like The House of Sathorn.
The remarkable colonial mansion was built in 1889 on Sathorn Road but what makes this glorious building so special is what it has to offer inside- especially their dishes. We did a little research and discovered these fascinating facts about them!
1. It was built by the same hands who built the royal throne hall.
It was built in 1889 by the same hands who built the Ananta Samakhom Palace, the royal throne hall within the Dusit Palace. The grand house has stood the test of time, majestically adorning Sathorn Road for 127 years. Even though it has been renovated several times, its uniqueness and originality still remains – from the carved wooden staircases and parquet floors to the intricate colonial style ceiling.
2. The house was built by Luang Sathorn Rajayukta.
The original owner of this historical building is Luang Sathorn Rajayukta, the contractor who constructed the Sathorn Canal and who owned the surrounding land. Later on, the villa’s ownership changed hands to the Crown Property Bureau. After that it became a hotel called Hotel Royal, before becoming an office of the Russian Embassy. Then in 2015, The House on Sathorn had a coming of age, as the newest historical part of the stylish W Hotel.
Now, nestled in the house are three different dining areas, affectionately referred to as The Dining Room – a 19th century dining room offering dishes by Chef Faith’s experiences , The Bar – a perfect spot to chill out and travel back to the yesteryears, and an outdoor garden space, known as the heart of the house, called The Courtyard.
3. The head chef is an avid traveler who hails from Istanbul.
The House on Sathorn is now Bangkok’s latest dining destination to make serious headlines. Chef Faith, hailing all the way from Istanbul (land of spices and fascinating local heritage) is the culinary director. As an avid traveler, he uses his journeys as inspiration for his creations, resulting in distinctive, creative dishes.
4. The menu currently focuses on innovative Asian cuisine with a Turkish twist.
The inspiration behind The Dining Room’s constantly evolving menu comes from Chef Faith’s journey through Asia and the culinary influence from his home. To experience creativity on a plate, try the tasting menu featuring Uyghur Kebab My Interptretation with lamb chop, femented wild garlic and shaanxi potato or From My Mum, starring manti dumpling, eggplant, tomato and creamy kaymak. Each dish is a window into the story of the Chef himself. Chef Faith asks each diner to “experience the message of each dish with all your senses”.
5. The Dining Room is one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017
Here comes the big reason why you need to experience the gastronomic bliss that is The House on Sathorn. The Dining Room has just been listed as No.36 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, which is absolutely huge in the culinary world. With their fun dining concept, flair for creativity, passion and intriguing history, it’s a much deserved accolade. Hats off to the House!
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