Author, restaurateur, and multiple hat-wearer Ashley Sutton is almost single-handedly behind some of Bangkok’s hottest hangs of the moment, having recently brought us both smash hit dessert restaurant Mr. Jones Orphanage and the whimsical Alice in Wonderland-esque Bookshop bar
. But now Sutton returns to his roots with The Iron Fairies, the Victorian-inspired bar-cum-gallery, restaurant, antique store and blacksmith’s workshop that first propelled him to fame, and which earlier this month re-launched at a new address, gleaming under the glitter of as much fairy dust as ever.
A real-life recreation of the original fairy tale Sutton wrote, Iron Fairies conjures images of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell’s ‘Neverneverland’ – heady and seductive atmosphere, dizzying spiral staircase as decor, rusty barrels converted into low bar tables, miniature fairy figurines protruding from walls and resting on railings, and an impressive spirits menu to boot.
The food too reflects the type of indulgent cuisine one would expect in a magical dreamland borne from Australian-native Sutton’s imagination – there’s a not-to-be-missed selection of burgers, made from top-grade Australian beef and with varieties ranging from the staples to the strange, like the ‘tropical burger’ which sandwiches a thick slice of pineapple and a fried egg. Just add your knight in shining armour, and this place is certainly a fairy tale come true!