Few restaurants have garnered as much attention as Sühring has since it burst onto the Bangkok dining scene at the end of 2015. Conceptualised by German twin chefs Thomas and Mathias Sühring, formerly from Mezzaluna at LeBua, this is a true labor of love that showcases the best of modern German fare, inspired by family recipes from their grandmother but elevated to the level of haute cuisine.
Seasonal ingredients, meticulous attention to detail, a stunning wine selection and five-star-hotel service are all being delivered in an unpretentious atmosphere in a quiet residential neighbourhood on Yen Akart Road. Sühring is the antithesis of a trendy concept restaurant and has found its niche by going back to basics and honouring the fundamentals. We spoke to the chefs about what it’s like to work together and why German cuisine isn’t as unhealthy as you might think.
Why this restaurant and why now?
Mathias: After working in Thailand since 2008, we felt we learned a lot and matured. The time was right to take a risk and do something on our own. It really is a dream come true.
Thomas: When we found this house we were inspired and really connected to it. Even though we grew up in the city it reminded us of our grandparent’s farmhouse. Wanted to go back to our childhood roots but incorporate who we are as chefs now. It’s the same food as our grandma made but it is 100% us. Everything is homemade from the butter to the bread. This food connects us to who we are.
What do you want people to experience when they come here?
Thomas: We want to change the perception that German cuisine is heavy and fatty. Everything evolves, and new German cuisine is lighter and a bit more refined. It is simple, homemade and well executed.
Mathias: Yes, what we do is simple and straightforward. Most importantly we want people to feel like they are coming to our home. We want them to enjoy and be relaxed.
You guys make it all look so easy, what is your philosophy in the kitchen?
Mathias: We really want to nurture and develop people. Some of the staff have worked with us for a long time. Everyone (in the kitchen) knows their role. But we like to rotate so everyone learns to do a job perfect and then move on. We want everyone to take pride (in what they do).
You’ve worked side by side for years, do you ever find it difficult to spend so much time together?
Mathias: No, it’s really cool. It’s like the biggest adventure. We trust each other 100%.
Thomas: Also because we are twins we think the same. Sometimes we don’t even have to talk, we just have the same mindset. At the end of the day we just want to make food we are proud of.
Sühring, 10 Yen Akat Soi 3, Yen Akat Road, Bangkok, Thailand +66 (0)2 287 1799, facebook/SuhringsHome