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.
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.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers