The Timber House
May 11, 2018
Raw-hewn wood and neutral tones might seem an odd choice for a bar and restaurant in an environment as slick as Seoul’s Park Hyatt. Yet The Timber House borrows from the very finest Korean tradition, taking inspiration from the time-honoured hanok, the low timber houses that once occupied every town, village and city in Korea. Japanese design gurus Super Potato add lovely details like a wall made entirely from books, sliding doors, patterned roof tiles and dramatic lighting installations to take things up a notch or ten. The space is divided into three distinct zones, each with its own individual personality. The modernist sushi and sake bar dishes up inventive, 21st-century sushi accompanied by an outstanding range of both sake and soju, from some of Japan and Korea’s finest boutique distilleries – and, if you’ve managed to visit Seoul without trying the national spirit, Timber House is the place to discover it. The Whisky Bar sates Seoulites’ enthusiasm for the hard stuff, with a great selection of Scottish single malts as well as whiskies from the Americas and Asia. The cocktail lounge serves up an outstanding selection of beautifully presented cocktails: but if you pick one drink here, make it a soju mix. The team have won awards for their inventive way with soju, crafting ingredients from pine needles to omiza and yooja into drinks that taste every bit as fab as they look, and there’s live music nightly. So get your gladrags on, for, despite the name, The Timber House is no place for lumberjack shirts. And, yes, it’s Timber, not Tindr, you naughty lot.