Apparently one of the worlds top restaurants so was expecting decent things
Firstly the service very attentive without being over bearing, lighting is what you’d expect at a posh Asian cuisine establishment (low lit with dark wood) pleasant none the less
I wasn’t feeling wine this eve so decided to sample a few of the cocktails on the menu
Firstly the siamjto – similar to a whisky sour to be honest, made with Thai whisky which was a good touch, a little sour for my palate to have more than one, but went down well…and fairly quickly (grimace)
As a set (tasting) menu was on offer we headed for that option knowing this would be an opportunity for the chef/restaurant to flex its culinary muscles
We were swiftly greeted by a mouth watering concoction of chicken and dried prawn on pineapple – some great initial tongue foreplay I have to admit and it immediately set the tone for the evening.
Then we were rolling and the starters came out whilst we were enjoying our cocktails
Crab and coconut in a rice roll
This was so good, the sweet crab was complimented by the acidity of the lemongrass – easily my fav
Egg nets and prawns, wild almonds & kaffir lime
A sweet and spicy starter with the egg being fried into creative pyramid rings, with a spicy prawn
Pork & Lobster and peanut
This was also spicy but well balanced by the peanut which seemed to have been refried making it extra crunchy
Steamed Red Curry of Scallop
The scallop was perfectly cooked – and very subtle, we were recommended to try this last of the 4, perhaps as a light finish, personally I think this would have been great first as my tongue was alright alight with huge flavours from the previous dishes – still, very nicely done
The Main Event!
Hot and Sour prawn soup
Having slightly less bite to it than a Tom yum soup it complimented the Salad nicely and the prawn having the firmness you’d expect from something fresh which was encouraging
Crab and mushroom soup
A less spicy alternative for my dinner partner offering another tasty option to have with the salad
I adored this dish – being a big fan of Asian salads, but the king fish was slightly dried and really added a texture to the freshness of the lime and lemongrass in this salad – it had a big kick too which only gave it that moreishness – highly recommend!
Oxtail and shallot curry
This was a very rich curry and the oxtail had been stewed in the curry sauce as you’d expect – it was quite heavy so when trying to make your way through this many dishes was hard to finish
Fried prawns with tempura veg
Cooked in the shell, but fried enough to soften these were a great and light stir-fry to the curries and went down delightfully
Crab and coconut curry
This was another lighter option in terms of spice and sweetness of the coconut again giving it a nice alternative from the oxtail richness
Steamed Coral catfish
The best thing about this dish, is that it’s something I’d never choose on a menu(well I wouldn’t), and it was stunning! The fish quite meaty in texture but still light and held the flavour of the ginger and peppercorn without being overpowered by it, also a great dish!
So at this point as you can image we’re stuffed, but how could i write a review without sampling some of their desserts – we ploughed on for the sake of humanity of course 🙂
I felt it best to help myself to a Tomyumtini just to help wash the curries down too, again when you see chilli cocktails on the menu the normal reaction maybe to steer clear but this was a great choice, whilst it has a little kick it was really refreshing with the lime undertones standing out nicely
We were greeted with 4 dishes – this is going to get painful I thought as I unbuttoned the top button of my jeans, and we were advised to start with the palate cleanser, a sour fruit with chilli salt. This blew my head off! More like palate explosion…but in a way it allowed me to enjoy the next dishes so I guess it worked!
We went onto the Thai cupcakes and my word they were so delicate and sweet and milky without being heavy – an absolute must!
Then we tried the sticky rice with fresh mango, which was equally as delightful with the rice tasting toffee like without being as heavy as you’d expect with it being rice, the mango also helped cut through the sweet sticky loveliness of the rice with a fresh but not sour citrus blast
And finally the poached lychee – a perfect curtain fall on the entire meal as it was as you’d expect very light a fresh and combined with the lime ensured the sweetness of the rice in the previous dish was lifted, a perfect balance of desserts and well played Nahm!
I sampled a espresso martini before leaving and it was quite strong without being too sweet, so a great alcoholic alternative to a macchiato 🙂
Overall Nahm was a great experience and more so by the fact even though we’d made it through a magnitude of dishes I didn’t feel like I had to be rolled out. The ambiance was pleasant and not overbearing, the service was impeccable I have to say, very impressed, with the waiters happy to talk you through the dishes and even explain how to eat some (it helps!)
I’d highly recommend this place, and it’s easy to understand why it’s been voted one of the best in Bangkok
Price wise it’s expensive for Bangkok but comparing it to other major cities it’s very reasonable and worth the visit – I’d also recommend calling as I tried to book online to no avail, and managed to get a spot the same day albeit it slightly earlier.
We ventured to Vertigo bar which is the hotel next door after also, which is worth a nightcap the views from 59 floors up is as stunning as you’d imagine, helped by the huge paned windows and live music playing, and accepting requests…needless to say we stayed for more than just the one 😉