The name of the restaurant KUTAI came from mussels in Maori language. The owners (Eric and Sita) wanted Kutai to be a place where folks could escape from the traffic noise of Bangkok. A place where they would feel like they’ve been transported to a beach bar or pier harbor side eatery. Since the restaurant is tucked away down an alley off the main Suan Phlu street, customers are shielded from the traffic and chaos noise and are greeted with soft jazz music instead.
The restaurant is decked out in full nautical theme with blue and white striped colors, soft lighting, and starfish/shells with fish netting adorning the walls. Fresh seafood is a highlight of Kutai. To ensure the freshest catch, Kutai chooses deep sea mussels from gulf of Thailand and serves them in a French way like Marinières style or try them in a twisted Thai version of Tum Yum soup.