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Matthew Norman - 7/10

Monday, September 13, 2010 - 'Blimey, what's going on here?' spluttered my friend once a French waiter had deposited the whole bleeding lot in one go. At 60 quid a pop, you expect something more elegant and theatrical than a glorified thali...Most of it was great. The soup, velvety double-steamed oxtail with mooli and Asian celery, was a rarefied beef tea of such regal delicacy that it should have been served to Yul Brynner's King of Siam when he took to his bed. Grilled beef salad was a mingling of succulent meat with chilli, mint, coriander and other herbs and spices.

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I love Thai food, but this was an extremely disappointing experience. The food was excessively salty to the point of being nearly inedible, no special flavours or textures and completely unbalanced. The wine list is horribly overpriced: Dr Loosen Riesling 2010 which cost around £8.50 in a shop being sold for £38 at Nahm. Even the ambience is a let down it feel very much like you are in the reception of a hotel.
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Henrique Soares
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 1 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 1
Sunday, January 08, 2012

Avoid. I am very familiar with high level Thai cuisine (modern or traditional royal Thai) and I can't really point out where Nahm would score. The setting and the ambiance of the restaurant is boring and not inspiring at all. It looks like they randomly placed some tables in the lobby of the hotel. Fork and knife laid directly on the wooden table that still smelled from cleaning with an old towel. The set menu was disappointing. They served all the dishes together, so half of it got cold. The presentation of the food overall is very poor. There is absolutely no love for the details or nice arrangements. There was no “rechaud” or heating plate for the plates. The taste was ok but far away from any sizzling revelation.

Even though we were invited by The Halkin Hotel as redemption for the inconveniences we already suffered at the hotel, we cancelled the dinner before finishing the main course. It really seems that the spirit of its famous chef (probably he lives far away in Bangkok) left this place a long time ago. Or they just rip off people with a great hype around a well-known name. We were very disappointed. If they really have a Michelin Star you can burn these guides.
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Christoph Rüd, Switzerland
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 4 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 2
Sunday, December 11, 2011

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