MasterChef UK 2018 finalist Nawamin Boss Pinpathomrat, stole the hearts of the nation, and so when an invitation popped up for a press preview of an exclusive four-course meal inspired by a beautiful poem written by King Rama II at Nipa Thai, I cleared my diary.
The menu has been created by Nawamin and Nipa Thai’s Head Chef Sanguan Parr. What I love about Nipa Thai is that the kitchen is run entirely by women!
We started off enjoying some Prosecco and an absolutely decadent selection of amuse-bouche in the beautiful Park Restaurant that included Crystal Parcel, which was a steamed rice parcel with pickled radish and peanut, Golden Basket, which was a home-made edible basket with sweetcorn and free-range chicken, my favourite, Silver Bag, which was Crispy wonton, prawn and spring onion, and Lotus Pearl, which was diced Thai herbs, toasted coconut and sweet fish sauce served on a Lotus petal.
After a short speech by hotel manager Sally Beck, we headed inside Nipa Thai where we were seated for the subsequent courses of the menu.
Starting with Fluffy Fish, which was pillow-like fried seabass, with aromatic lemongrass, ginger, kaffir lime and a tangy Thai spicy dressing.
Mains was a sharing concept and quite a generous selection of dishes that included the classic Massaman curry, which was just incredible and was slow-cooked beef, new potatoes and red onion in a Massaman curry sauce that you will dream of for days after, Crab Relish, which was beautifully presented in a carved vegetable alongside other beautifully carved vegetables by the chefs themselves, Salted Pork Belly marinated in a fried fish sauce and as a palate cleanser, a Vegetable Broth, which was a medley of local Thai vegetables in a black pepper and shallot broth.
Our meal was accompanied with beautiful Thai Wines from Monsoon Valley.
The dessert was spectacular, a recreation of Swan Lake, with Coconut sticky rice, caramelised coconut and coc0nut custard, served with salted coconut cream, which was blue, representing the lake!
I had the most wonderful time and the food was absolutely delightful, full of flavour and so authentic! If you love Thai food, or enjoyed watching Nawamin on Masterchef, get yourself to one of the two seatings at Nipa Thai on the 25th or 26th September, with sittings at 6.00pm or 8.30pm.
Four courses | £75 per person
Thai Wine Pairing Menu | £25 per person
Premium Wine Pairing Menu | £35 per person
Each guest that attends the event will be entered into a prize draw to WIN return flights from London to Bangkok courtesy of Thai Airways plus a 3 night stay at the 5* Lancaster Bangkok!
To book visit https://www.niparestaurant.co.uk/