With his restaurant El Willy, the globetrotting Spanish chef Guillermo “Willy” Trullas Moreno is taking his concept of “sexy tapas” from Shanghai to Bangkok.
The energetic restaurant sits above street level on Sukhumvit Soi 51, which once housed Opposite Mess Hall and Crying Thaiger. A moody dining space splashed with pops of color, counter seating, and a slightly hidden private room centers around an open kitchen – perfect for observing Moreno’s charismatic commands.
Currently, two family style share menus (2000/3000 THB) are currently on offer. Expect a range of tasty options, like the Explosion of Salmon y Trufa, smoked salmon massaged with truffle honey and layered on a crispy shell with Greek yogurt; and the Bikini Iberico, an ode to sellers of Barcelona sandwiches with Iberian ham.
The main draw, however, is the Arroz Mariscos, a generous serving of seafood paella topped with dollops of aioli and fresh lemon.
It wouldn’t be a complete meal without a Basque cheesecake, a creamy Spanish take on the New York classic.
A la carte options are on the horizon and both menus offer food and wine pairings (1,200 THB / five glasses).
El Willy is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. It is located on Soi Sukhumvit 51 and is accessible from BTS Thong Lo.
Spanish cuisine El Willy
27/1, Soi Sukhuvit 51, Watthana, Bangkok
5 pm-10pm, Tuesday to Saturday