¡El Willy! Spanish chef brings ‘sexy tapas’ to Bangkok

Chef Guillermo ‘Willy’ Trullas Moreno, at left, and his El Willy restaurant in Bangkok, at right.
Chef Guillermo ‘Willy’ Trullas Moreno, at left, and his El Willy restaurant in Bangkok, at right.

With his El Willy restaurant, globe-trotting Spanish chef Guillermo “Willy” Trullas Moreno is bringing his “sexy tapas” concept 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 the charismatic Moreno crank out orders. 

Currently on offer are two family-style, made-to-share set menus (THB2,000/3,000). Expect an array of flavorful options, like the Explosion de 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 Barcelona’s sandwich vendors spun up with Iberico ham. 

Photo: El Willy Kitchen

The top draw, however, is the Arroz Mariscos, a generous portion of mixed seafood paella topped with dollops of aioli and fresh lemon. 

Photo: El Willy Kitchen

It wouldn’t be a complete meal without Basque-style cheesecake, a creamy Spanish rendition of the New York classic. 

A la carte options are on the horizon, and both menus offer wine pairing (THB1,200/five glasses).

El Willy is open 5pm-10pm from Tuesday to Saturday. It is located on Soi Sukhumvit 51 and can be reached from BTS Thong Lo.

Photo: El Willy Kitchen

This story originally appeared in BK.


El Willy Spanish Kitchen

27/1, Soi Sukhuvit 51, Watthana, Bangkok


5pm-10pm, Tuesday – Saturday

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