We had one very expensive dinner while we were in Thailand, at Nahm in the Metropolitan by COMO. Since we were staying at the Metropolitan, and Nahm has been ranked as one of the World’s Best as well as one of Asia’s best, well, why pass it up?
We decided to do the tasting menu because who knows when we will return to Bangkok again. I’m definitely glad we did as it allowed (errr…forced) us to try some things I never would have ever dreamed of trying.
First, the service at Nahm was great. Attentive, but not annoying. Friendly and helpful, but not pretentious or condescending. Courteous. I’d definitely give it two thumbs up.
Now, on to the food…
Here is what we ordered. For the prix fixe option, you received all the appetizers (canapes, to be exact), one soup each, and then one dish off of every page on the menu (salad, relish, curry, and stir-fry/steam/grill), and then one desert of each diner’s choosing. The portions are generous. Here is what we chose:
Um…bad on us, but we don’t remember all of them.
DH’s favorite was the smoked mussels.
My favorite was a coconut crisp, with crab, ginger, and some pickled vegetables (pictured).
Grilled beef, with cucumber and mint.
Fried prawns and vegetables, served with a coconut cream with preserved shrimp and crab.
Hot and sour soup, mine was with mushrooms and chicken, DH had his with prawns.
Crab in a yellow curry sauce, with ginger (I think, I’m not good with my curries), served with pickled onions, peppers.
Stir-fried wagyu beef, with oyster sauce, Thai basil, and onions.
The stand-out sauce/taste of the night was the stir-fried wagyu beef. The beef in the salad dish was actually more tender/cooked a bit rarer, as we prefer, but the overall flavor of the wagyu was excellent.
Neither DH or I are really a huge fan of curry, but the curry was good. I think we are unqualified to say how good, but for people who don’t eat curry it was tasty. The relish was interesting…the sauce was a bit overwhelming, which considering the amount of things provided to eat with it, I think was the intention. The flavor was good, but it was just overpowering.
The salad was also quite good, and I’m a huge fan of the tender, delicious little cucumbers they use in all of their dishes.
Overall, while expensive (particularly for Thailand, not so much for Washington DC), the tasting menu was absolutely worth it and it was so much fun to try all of the different dishes. While I think both DH and I love cheap Thai food too much to return to Nahm if we end up in Bangkok in the near future, we absolutely recommend the tasting menu and the restaurant if you are looking for a foodie experience. It’s a fun thing to do once in a while (or, cough, more often than we should). Again, a definite two thumbs up.
(I’m purposefully being a bit vague and not terribly judgmental in describing the dishes. DH and I have gotten to be pretty food-oriented, but neither of us have much experience with Asian cuisine beyond take-out. I totally did not know what to expect from Nahm and don’t really have anything to compare it to. That said, good food is good food, regardless of style or influence, and this was definitely good food.)