Thailand in London: Michelin-Starred Chef David Thompson

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Australian chef David Thompson heads up Nahm, the first Thai restaurant in Europe to be awarded a Michelin Star.

On the menu you’ll find authentic Thai dishes such as geng jeut buap (clear soup of snake gourd, girolles, egg and crab) and geng nok grataa dong sai gtrateu (partridge curry with shampoo ginger and holy basil).

We called David in Thailand to ask him about his love of Thai food for our World in London series.

How did you get into Thai cooking?

By default. By accident in 1986. I was just seduced by the country, the people and ultimately the cuisine. It’s an easy country to like.

What do you love about Thai food?

Its vitality, its vibrancy, its freshness and the fact that it’s damn delicious.

What’s your favourite Thai dish?

The last one! I can only remember the last and it’s usually the favourite one.

What can people expect from a meal at Nahm?

A vibrant slap across the chops really, where lots of things are happening on the plate and indeed in the restaurant.

Apart from Nahm, where are the best places to find Thai culture in London?

There are areas all over the place. Thais are everywhere. They spread their charm and their delicious food all over the place. There are lots of Thai restaurants in London and increasingly more so.

Where do you go for a taste of Thai culture in London? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. Claire says:

    Suchards on Tooley street!

  2. Blue Elephant on Fulham Broadway and Thai Terrace in Kensington!

  3. Alexandra says:

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand and SUDA Thai restaurant are hosting Songkran (Thai New Year) at St Martin’s Courtyard on Thursday 12th April.

    From midday to 8pm St Martin’s Courtyard will be transformed into a Thai wonderland for Songkran (the water festival), beautifully decorated with traditional lanterns and water themed features including traditional blessings. Entertainment will include relaxing spa massages, an urban beach bar where you can sample refreshing Thai Chang and Singha beers as well as street food carts with food provided by SUDA Thai restaurant. There will also be the chance to win a holiday for two in Thailand.

  4. Hannah says:

    Another idea if you’re after a taste of Thailand in London… Monthly Thai nights at Mango Tree