Royal Lancaster London’s Thai owner opened up Nipa Thai restaurant in honour of his wife, the venue touchingly named after her. It’s sophisticated and classy, qualities I’m sure Nipa herself exudes. With original, well polished furnishings and hospitable Thai staff, the restaurant is both traditional and intimate. Led by manager, Kaseam Jongpitakrat with a menu devised by head chef, Sanguan Parr the food is authentic and rich.
The chargrilled chicken satay starter is great, a firm favourite for most. The star of the starters, however, are the delicious delicious glass noodles which come alongside the beautifully presented dumplings. Coming in white, blue and green colours, they’re wonderful on the eye and delightful in taste.
The Thai green curry is another firm favourite, and Nipa’s version is vibrant, spicy and rich in flavour. A super dish. The Massaman is also excellent. A tasty curry with ingredients that have been stewed together results in a complimentary finish.
When it comes to the dessert, there’s nothing better after such rich flavours than a palatable refresher like the sorbet. Try the pandan and white chocolate roulade with the lychee sorbet, the latter being the one that steals the show. You might need to fight it a little bit with your spoon, but it is lovely.
Nipa Thai boasts a strong menu without coming across as pretentious at all. It was busy, it was good and it created a great ambience. You’ll enjoy it.
For more information visit www.niparestaurant.co.uk