Modern seafood for a vintage building

tasty April 26, 2019 01:00

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The House on Sathorn throws open its new casual dining venue called Paii, which presents modern Thai seafood in an iconic 130-year-old, neo-classical building at the heart of Bangkok.



Taking its name from the Thai verb for “to paddle”, the new restaurant presents the best of local and imported seafood while honouring the legacy of the founder of The House on Sathorn, Luang Sathorn Rajayutka, who created Sathorn Canal.

Paii’s executive chef Joe Weeraket presents a menu bursting with flavour. Highlights include the local Giant River Prawn, chargrilled and served with “choochee” curry sauce; French Razor Clams, flambeed tableside with housemade XO sauce; and French Turbot, stuffed with lemongrass, shallots and kaffir lime leaves and baked in a thick Thai herb salt crust. Diners should also not miss the Giant Crab Fried Rice, made with organic jasmine rice from Nakhon Pathom. The plate is designed for sharing and topped with no less than half a kilo of freshly steamed Surat Thani mud crab meat.

 

The House on Sathorn in the compound of W Bangkok Hotel opened in 2015 after an extensive renovation carried out by Thailand’s Fine Arts Department. The interior design of Paii retains the opulence of its gilded past while modern elements, including contemporary Thai artwork such as tapestries, paintings, photography and sculpture, come into play, injecting modern vibrancy into old world glamour.

“We’re delighted to bring this new dining concept to The House on Sathorn. With its storied past and inclusion with W Hotel Bangkok, this striking heritage home is a unique juxtaposition of old and new, and the addition of Paii and its modern Thai seafood is the perfect culinary match,” said Tina Liu, general manager of W Bangkok.

Paii offers indoor and outdoor dining and is open daily for lunch and dinner from noon to midnight. The restaurant also features a bar for an enticing mix of crafted seasonal cocktails, cutting-edge sounds and inviting bites.

For more information call (02) 344 4025 or visit www.TheHouseOnSathorn.com/paii.