When I asked friends where to eat in Bangkok, there were two camps, the Farang (aka us foreigners, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farang) said Nahm. The locals or Thai friends said other places. The concierge said: “wow, if you have a reservation at Nahm, you should go, hard to get”. Sucker me believed and went. Don’t take me wrong, we did have a nice meal, and sitting outside by the water was nice. And the food was good, but in a hotel, a little business like. And probably because of the protests, Bkk was slow and the restaurant was not buzzy like I had been told. Service was weak for the prices and they had a really hard time explaining the dishes, or could be my fault struggling to understand.
What we ate:
Salad of wild mushrooms with grilled prawns and chilli jam (picture above): Absolutely delicious, so complex and nice layered flavors, the chilli jam added a bit of sweetness but the dish was still very hot. Made me consume a lot of their cocktails….
Grilled beef salad with cucumber and mint: A staple in Thai cuisine, but the beef was in bigger pieces, and again, more complex flavors. But too hot for me to eat it so husband ate alone and I had a couple of bites
Under the relish portion of the menu (still don’t understand the concept): grilled prawn and shrimp paste relish with sweet pork, grilled fish and fresh vegetables: This was a prawn “soup” sort of concoction, and we were supposed to dip the pork in it. Interesting and unique but a bit too mellow after our very hot start to the meal
Steamed fish: Can’t really recall, was white chunks of fish, in a bit of a smoky broth. Not very good, or clearly very memorable
Dessert: Banana coconut soup with some paste with coconut ash which made it black: enough said?
So, I love thai food but thai desserts are not my favorites. The meal was solid, but the apps were by far the best part
Slip and go local, and cheaper. Listen to your Thai friends. It was still good, but not consistent across the entire meal.
Metropolitan by COMO Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand