Nahm

Price guide: Expensive

The Halkin, Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DJ

Price guide: Expensive

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By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#53 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
3.9
3.9
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Honeymooners, Relaxation, Romance

Expert review of Nahm

Royal Thai cuisine served in gilded surrounds.

David Thompson hails from Australia but is the world’s best-known exponent of royal Thai cooking. His London base, Nahm, in Belgravia’s glamorous Halkin Hotel, was the first Thai restaurant in the world to be awarded a Michelin star (and lost it in the 2011 guide), so don’t come expecting a poshed-up version of your favourite Friday night takeaway.

Food and drink: 

You will very likely see Thai green curry on the menu, but it would feature ingredients such as deep-fried sea bass and white turmeric. I love the Nahm prik ong (Chiang Mai relish with minced pork and tomatoes served with grilled trout, pork scratchings and punchy herbs) but usually find the desserts a little too challenging. Interestingly, venison makes an appearance, in dishes such as red peanut curry, and a spicy stir-fry with wild ginger, cumin leaves, turmeric and chillies.

Ambience: 

Warmly contemporary, with honey-coloured wood tones and cream, bronze and gold accents – it’s no faux Lanna pavilion. But this is a fine dining experience so expect well-spaced tables, formal service and well-behaved customers.

Service: 

Excellent – friendly yet unobtrusive, though I have heard complaints.

Location: 

The edge of Belgravia, a short walk from Hyde Park, and not far from Buckingham Palace.

Price advice: 

There are set lunch menus (£20 two courses, £25 three) but they are not, I think, worth pursuing: the whole point of coming here is to experience Thai cuisine as you never have before, and that really means dinner, which starts at £60 a head. The best way I’ve found to eat here on the cheap is to look online for special promotions, such as a free bottle of wine with the meal.

More information on Nahm:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Thai
Address:
The Halkin, Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DJ
Telephone:
020 7333 1234
Website:
http://www.nahm.como.bz
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 7pm-10.45pm; Sat 7pm-10.45pm; Sun 7pm-9.45pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
David Thompson

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