We dined at Nahm in Bangkok, Thailand, in addition to all the delicious things we ate and drank in Thailand. It was an unforgettable and special experience!
As I was researching restaurants for our Thailand trip, I found that Nahm, a restaurant in Bangkok, was number 37 on the world’s 50 best restaurants list for 2016. I immediately made us a reservation in advance!
This Thai cuisine restaurant is led by Chef David Thompson, an Australian trained in classical French cuisine with a long-standing passion for Thai cuisine. In addition to Nahm in Bangkok, he also has Thai restaurants in Singapore and Perth. Nahm in Bangkok was opened after Nahm in London, which once had a Michelin star but is now closed.
With delicious yet more affordable eats all over Bangkok, some might balk at dining at high-end restaurant Nahm. But with the chance to dine at one of the best restaurants in the world, dining at Nahm was a must-do on our trip. The experience also came at a considerably lower price in comparison to restaurants like Per Se or The French Laundry where a tasting menu is a couple hundred dollars per person. For comparison, the tasting menu at Nahm was 1600 baht per person, which is about $45 per person, while the tasting menu at The French Laundry is $310 per person. Sure, it’s not apples to apples, but what a steal! And it was easily one of our favorite meals of our trip.
Let’s talk about the experience. The service was spot-on! Though we did wait a little longer than usual for our second round of drinks to arrive, everything else was flawless. Their attentive team moved like a well-oiled machine on the floor, serving guests with a keen eye. If they saw a way to serve, it was done without question. The flow of the dishes arriving was also timely.
Here are the dishes we enjoyed on the tasting menu.
Amuse – I can’t remember the exact ingredients of the amuse but it involved pineapple on the bottom and a ball with pork on top.
Egg Nets with Prawns, Wild Almond, and Kaffir Lime
Pork and Lobster with Shredded Ginger and Thai Citron
Scallop Salad with Coconut and Lemongrass
Hot and Sour Soup of River Prawn and Termite Mushrooms
Clear Soup of Roast Duck with Thai Basil and Young Coconut
(shown in the bowls below)
Panaeng Curry of Wagyu Beef with Peanuts, Shallots, and Thai basil
Steamed Coral Trout with Bang Rak Yellow Beans and Pickled Garlic
Sweet Thai Wafers with Poached Persimmon and Golden Duck Egg Noodles, Egg Yolk on the side
The soups of this meal haunt me still. They were absolutely incredible. While every dish was a brilliant explosion of Thai flavors, the soups were more complicated and demanded our attention. I also loved the panaeng curry with wagyu beef.
We also enjoyed some tasty cocktails.
This experience was the perfect meal to make my Chef’s Table dreams come true. The food was adventurous yet familiar, fancy yet approachable. The creativity, presentation, and flavors made Thai food shine and will be one of the best meals I’ve had so far. Cheers to more culinary adventures!
-Nahm is located in the COMO Metropolitan Bangkok Hotel.
-Open for lunch Monday through Friday 12-2 pm and dinner daily 7-10:30 pm.
-See MAP for address and directions.
Do you have any incredible and memorable dining experiences? Where was it?