We are a group of friends from different nationalities (Spanish, Thai, and Italian) sharing a passion for good food and drinks, and, especially, for Spanish gastronomy and wines. Apart from our passion we share a similar background, with wide experience in the hospitality, restaurant and service industries, having all of us worked in different countries such as Thailand, the UK, France, Italy, Hong Kong, and (of course) Spain. We aim to bring our love and expertise on Spanish food and wine to Bangkok, and to share the amazing gastronomy and culture from Spain with locals and foreigners residing in this buzzing and lovely city. We’re looking forward to welcoming you in our “casa”... ¡Hasta pronto!
“El Rinconcito de Juan”, opened in 2005, is the result of many years of effort. The
restaurant, located in one of the most popular neighbourhoods of the Spanish
capital, offers a gastronomic experience focused on the homemade traditional
Spanish cuisine. Its most popular dishes are the “huevos rotos” (broken fried eggs)
with various garnishes, the fried cheese with raspberry jam or the Spanish
croquettes with different flavours.
Moreover, the restaurant offers a great selection of wines, including 30 Spanish wines coming from different Denominations of Origin in the country. The restaurant incorporates new dishes and wines to the menu periodically, without losing its essence but providing its customers with new flavours, culinary innovations and always offering a homemade approach.
Rubén González is a real restaurant and gastronomy lover. While he was studying his
Bachelor Degree in Tourism and Hospitality, he worked for different bars and
restaurants in Madrid. It was during this time when he really discovered this world,
in which he has been involved for almost 20 years. In 2003, he helped a friend to
open a bar/restaurant, in which he was in charge of the establishment of the
business, its operations and its management. This experience led him to open his
very own business “El Rinconcito de Juan” a couple of years later.
Apart from his entrepreneurial skills, he has engaged in different courses, trainings and specialisations on gastronomy and its different techniques. He graduated from an “Advanced Course in Professional Cooking and New Culinary Techniques” from the prestigious Escuela Superior de Hosteleria de Sevilla. Furthermore, he has complemented this course with different wine tasting courses organised by the Escuela de Hosteleria de Madrid.
One of Rubén’s main objectives is to continually reinvent and update himself, by trying and experimenting new techniques and concepts regarding gastronomy. He has competed in several local “Ferias de la Tapa” (tapas contests) in Madrid. In 2013, he got both the first and the second prizes at one of these competitions with two of his creations: “Black rice arancini with squid leg and tartar sauce” and “Madrilenian squid sandwich with wasabi mayonnaise and squid-inked black bread”.
Now, he has embarked on a new project of managing the kitchen at “El Tapeo – Spanish Eatery and Wine Bar” in Bangkok. While he will still manage his restaurant in Madrid, he will travel to Bangkok as often as possible, in order to train our home- based staff and make sure that the menus and standards of the plates at the Thai branch keep up with the level of his original venture.
Rodo Castro has had gastronomy in mind since he was just a little boy. At a very early age he spent his free time watching cooking shows on TV, rather than cartoons. At 7 years old he had aready made up his mind! Anyone asking him the typical “What would you like to be when you grow up?” question would get the same answer: “I want to be a chef”.
Some years later, at the age of 16 he entered the prestigious Escuela de Hosteleria de Cheste in his hometown (Valencia) where he learned about the fundamentals of French and Tradirional Spanish cusines for the following two years. After graduating he decided to try his luck abroad and he moved to the UK to gain experience and improve his English skills. In London, he worked as a kitchen assistant at one of the most popular Spanish restaurants in the city. Actually, during his time there, the restaurant was awarded as Best Spanish Food Restaurant in the UK at a TV show by the world-famous chef Gordon Ramsay.
Almost a couple years later he decided it was time to go back to Spain and aim for further goals. He definitely got his objectives by becoming chef de partie at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Valencia, where he spent the next three years. This was an important milestone in his career as he was able to learn new techniques from prestigious professionals and to get to know the world of fine cuisine from experience. After this valuable experience he continued working his way up the professional ladder as he worked in possitions of further responsibily. At the age of 24 he worked as a chef at Spanish restaurants in the Canary Islands (for 10 months) and back in London for another year. At 26 years old he landed his first position as a Head Chef at a Peruvian restaurant in Amsterdam, where he got to increase his experience in internarional cuisine. Finally, before moving to Thailand, he spent 1 year working as Head Chef for one of the best restaurants in Valencia.
Apart from his expertise in Spanish food in general, he can be considered as a specialist on paellas (dish originated in Valencia, Rodo’s hometown) and other types of Spanish rices. He has already participated three times in cooking demonstrations at GastroValencia, one of the most important gastronomic fairs in Spain and he gained some experience working part-time at one of the biggest catering organisations in Spain, which gave him a different perspective on the gastronomic business. Last year, his restaurant (where he was a Head Chef) was awarded by a prominent gastronomic magazine as the one offering the best “Ensaladilla rusa” (Russian salad) in Valencia. Last year, Rodo came to Thailand for his holidays and he fell in love with the country, its culture, its people and, of course, its food. After that trip he decided that he would be moving to Bangkok as soon as he had a chance... and here he is!
In his free time, Rodo loves meeting his friends and roaming around Bangkok. As he is so passionate about food he takes any chance he has to try new restaurants in the city and get inspired by the different cuisines. Apart for Spanish and Thai food he is a fan of Peruvian, Moroccan, Indian, and Arab food. Regarding his future he sees himself living in Thailand, where he aims to particiapate in some cooking contests, representing Spanish gastronomy, and growing up together with “El Tapeo”.