CHEF FATIH TUTAK EMBARKS ON AN ADVENTURE TO CREATE A NEW LANGUAGE FOR TURKISH CUISINE

General Press Releases Thursday December 20, 2018 18:18
Bangkok--20 Dec--W BANGKOK
Chef Fatih Tutak sets sights on new culinary ports of call but his mastery will continue to inform The House on Sathorn's imaginative take on today's global food culture.

During the past three years, Chef Fatih Tutak has overseen one of Bangkok's most eclectic food and drink venues, The House on Sathorn at W Bangkok hotel. In that time he's accompanied guests on a culinary journey informed by his many travels and diverse influences. Among stops along the way have been Turkey for the cuisine of Fatih's childhood in Istanbul, Japan for dishes based on memories of Tokyo's famed seafood markets, East and Southeast Asian cities including Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong, and of course Bangkok where he brought all his experiences together as The House on Sathorn's culinary director.

While the tour itself was always grand, destinations – in the form of several recognitions and awards – have been equally impressive. Notably, Chef Fatih ensured the The House on Sathorn had arrived by leading the venue to a spot on "Asia's 50 Best Restaurants" in 2017 after only two years of operation, and then again in 2018.

Now as a new year unfolds, the chef has set sights on the next culinary horizon. In 2019 he'll be embarking on his latest journey and fulfilling a long-time dream: opening his own restaurant in his hometown of Istanbul, Turkey, scheduled for later this year. Until then however, from now to end of January 2019 guests of The House on Sathorn have chance to savor Chef Fatih's distinctive cuisine and the many flavor combinations and cooking styles he's perfected over the years.

Just as new directions await Chef Fatih Tutak, so too are fresh dining concepts in store for The House on Sathorn. Until then, The Courtyard expanded menu will now also be made available inside The Dining Room for dinner starting February 2019. The popular menu, currently served for lunch and al fresco for dinner, exemplifies The House's continued focus on today's global food culture while likewise emphasizing local ingredients and seasonal specialties. Guests now can enjoy afternoons and evenings with grilled seafood and beef, Thai favorites with a twist and more.

Stay tuned as well for more exciting new dining concepts at The House on Sathorn to be launched in the second quarter of 2019.

For more information or reservations contact thehouseonsathorn@whotels.com or 02-344-4025. For up to date information on The House on Sathorn visit www.thehouseonsathorn.com or follow us at www.facebook.com/thehouseonsathorn

Reviving a Landmark in the Heart of Bangkok

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.

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. Recently, his greatest accomplishment is having his signature restaurant, The Dining Room being listed as one of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2017 and 2018, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

The House on Sathorn

Since opening in 2015, The House on Sathorn has taken place among the city's most distinctive food and drink venues. And as to the building itself, what a place it is. The neo-classical structure dating from 1889 functioned first as private residence, by the 1920s had become a hotel, then later from mid-century to 1999 served as site of the Russian embassy.

Today, The House on Sathorn further stands out as a tremendously eclectic location. The building and grounds – directly adjacent W Bangkok – comprise four separate venues: signature restaurant The Dining Room (Asia's 50 Best Restaurant 2017 & 2018), outdoor bistro The Courtyard, and a timeless destination bar The Bar in addition to Upstairs and The Conservatory for meeting and social gatherings.


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