BEAUTIFUL HOMES MAKE GREAT RESTAURANTS
There are many beautiful old houses in Bangkok, most of them in the back sois, and it is always rather thrilling when we find yet another that has been turned from a private home into a restaurant.
This month, we visited a number of new restaurants that have been opened in gracious old houses. Some were earlier conversions, under different restaurant ownership, while others were totally new transformations.
Amongst the latter is Don Asado, an Argentine restaurant newly opened in a house that had previously been the home of a construction company. The restaurant management had to obtain permission to install an enormous fire pit in the former living room of this wooden house, which must have provided an administrative challenge.
L’Oliva Ristorante & Wine Bar is hidden away in Sukhumvit Soi 36, and like so many old residences is easily accessible, being barely a two-minute stroll from Thonglor BTS station. And, another frequent house conversion characteristic, it has its own garden.
Another house with a lovely garden is the setting for a new restaurant named, simply, The House, to be found on a leafy soi in Yen Akart. The ambience is especially appropriate for a restaurant that serves only original family recipes collected during 30 years of world travel by the German owner, Matthias.
Ivy 47 has been familiar to us for some years as the premises for Freebird, but that enterprising venture closed a couple of years ago and this new restaurant, owned by two star names from the world of football, has brought the lovely old property back to life again.
One of the most dramatic house conversions you are going to find anywhere in the city is the newly opened Keller, up a tiny little soi off Suan Plu, just a few minutes from Sathorn Road. This is a former mansion, and retains its air of glamour, a beautiful setting for the European food and wines on offer inside.
These house conversions are perfect for any occasion, but especially for treating overseas visitors. Enjoy!