The Halkin, Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DJ
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Honeymooners, Relaxation, Romance
Expert review of Nahm
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.
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.
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.
Excellent – friendly yet unobtrusive, though I have heard complaints.
The edge of Belgravia, a short walk from Hyde Park, and not far from Buckingham Palace.
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:
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- The Halkin, Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DJ
- 020 7333 1234
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 7pm-10.45pm; Sat 7pm-10.45pm; Sun 7pm-9.45pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
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- David Thompson