Bangkok is blessed to call the only head chef in the Netherlands awarded Michelin stars in four different restaurants one of its own. Outside the sommelier-stocked walk-in cellar, the word Savelberg, the name of the restaurant and its progenitor, screams from a glossy cook book propped on a long row of uniformly red-bound volumes simply labelled Michelin. It's a nice metaphor for how this Dutch master of the culinary arts grounds his practice in classic French techniques and comes out on top. That the “old school” chef Henk Savelberg, 62, is Dutch shouldn’t surprise: French cuisine is open-sauce (sic). But the originality that he and his contemporary counterfoil Roxanne, 31, bring to the oeuvre is a real eye-opener.
Located in a frontal wing of The Oriental Residence posh boutique hotel and apartments on Wireless, with the Dutch embassy auspiciously adjacent, there’s an upper gallery of private rooms and a ground floor dining room with double height ceiling and two glass walls.
Besides table centre flowers and, in the evenings, flickering candles and mood lighting, bright orange laminate panels are the only splash of primary colour in the ultra-modern decor, it being the signature shade of the Dutch royal family.
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