French-Japanese fusion food meets a Wes Anderson film set.
The buzz: Pullman King Power’s Wine Pub has been transformed into a contemporary Japanese restaurant with a French twist that’s well worth the trip to Victory Monument.
The decor: As you walk in, you get the feeling of being transported not only a different place but to a different era. Think 1920s big, bold colors and an entire wall covered in framed paintings, like something straight out of that scene from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums. There are several seating options—for a little privacy, opt for the small table tucked away in the wine fridge corridor, or for something more sociable take a comfy red stool at the bar.
The food: As eclectic as the decor. Head chef Yohei Okita was born and raised in Tokyo, living just 10 minutes from Tsukiji fish market. Here, he pairs classic French ingredients with Japanese techniques and flavors to create innovative dishes like the Poached Perigord Foie Gras (B550), served with round discs of tender pumpkin, red beans and a delicate ginger broth. For a true taste of Japan, go for the Sushi of the Day (B1,240), with fresh fish flown in straight from Tsukiji (where else?). If you’re in the mood for sharing, go for the Wagyu Beef Saki (B1,870), served with a platter of thinly sliced Kagoshima beef, piping hot sake broth and an array of vegetables, topped off with a raw egg yolk for that extra umami flavor.
The drinks: This restaurant goes big on sake, stocking around 20 labels with prices ranging from B1,100-15,700 per bottle. The Tedorigawa Yamahai Jikomi Honjozo is a hand-crafted father and son creation packed full of flavors and stories, that will only set you back B1,900 a bottle. Despite us admittedly not being big sake drinkers, the floral wine-like flavor of the Dassai Junmai Daiginjo 50 (B560/glass) saw us finishing the glass without even realizing.
The music: Adding to the Wes Anderson vibe, the playlist includes classics like Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” alongside easy listening from the likes of Kings of Convenience.
Why we’d come back: This is not only another great spot for your Instagram feed—the food and the sake alone are enough to bring us back. Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj and Megan Leon