WORKSHOP Bangkok has made art even more fascinating – and flavoursome.
Bangkok’s bustling Yenakart neighbourhood boasts a range of up-and-coming restaurants and bars. Amongst these, one which we absolutely adore is WORKSHOP Bangkok, a restaurant/bar/gallery/event space led by French chef Clément Hernandez, who has worked in impressive culinary institutions, like the Michelin-starred Le Relais Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu, France and J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain at U Sathorn in Bangkok, Thailand.
At his own restaurant, Hernandez has taken all his knowledge about fine dining, and molded it into his own concept called “Sincere Dining,” which, to him, is more approachable and soulful.
Just last June, the venue initiated a new monthly dining series called “ART DINNER,” where masterpieces of an artist selected for that month, are transferred from canvasses to plates by chef Hernandez.
We got a chance to join “ART DINNER #02: Omakasé Abstract Expressionism,” and it has opened our minds to what a tasting menu could be, if combined with art.
Inspired by abstract expressionist pieces of Japanese artist “Hiro Namba,” Chef Hernandez has curated an omakase dinner composing of 6 courses: Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Tōkō Shinoda, Mark Rothko, Pierre Soulages and Hiro Namba.
All five dishes were impressive, but our favourites were Jackson Pollock (a dish that mimicked an abstract splatter painting, served with onion purée, uni cream, cauliflower cream, roasted sunchoke purée and crab sauce), and Pierre Soulages (an umami-loaded dish of slow-braised beef cheek, blanketed with dark-as-night mashed potato). Delicious!
To sum it all up, the ART DINNER, to us, has made art available for both the eyes and the tongue. Those who want to appreciate art in a new light, be sure to check out this monthly event and see (taste) for yourself.