Bangkok, Thailand

On the pass:

Prin Polsuk (pictured) with Chris Miller with chef-owner David Thompson

Pastry chef:

Style of food:

Authentic Thai cuisine

Standout dish:

Smoky beef curry with chilli leaves


Metropolitan Hotel, 27 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek Sathorn, Bangkok 10120

+66 2 625 3388

Royal Thai becomes a global hit

Get ready for flavour: Chef David Thompson and his team take exquisite pains to ensure their dishes are perfectly balanced, but when Thai food is your metier, there’s an undeniable power to the flavours on the plate, with smoke, heat, sourness, funk and bitterness all playing their part.

Not your everyday Thai food, then? Not unless your local does a fine line in the likes of clear soup of termite mushrooms with prawn, stir-fried crayfish with white turmeric, or smoked fish curry with chicken livers, cockles and black pepper.

What’s the royal connection? Much of Thompson’s cooking is informed by his close study of recipes in Thai memorial books, some of which came from members of the court kitchen. Meanwhile some of the ingredients used at the restaurant – the guinea fowl, for instance – are sourced from the Royal Project in Chiang Mai, an initiative to introduce alternative crops to hill tribes, sponsored by the King of Thailand.

And beyond Nahm? Thompson’s more casual new brand is Long Chim, a restaurant specialising in the street food of Bangkok. It has branches in Singapore and Perth, with more to come.

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