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Simon Majumdar | Jul 12, 2001 08:41 AM

After reading Fay M's review in the Standard, we went to try out this new place in the Halkin Hotel last night.

David Thompson ran Darley St (sp?) in Sydney and it was considered to be one of the finest thai places on earth. He has been offered wheelbarrows full of dosh to move lock stock and two smoking woks to the Halkin

The food was truly a revelation, amuse of minced dry prawn served on beetle leaf, and a savour brittle made of palm sugar and peanuts had flavours I had never experienced before and the set meal of main courses included pork hocks in a tamarind sauce, a salad of shredded smoked trout and a duck curry which was similar to a bengali dish.

The downside was the price. For cooking of this standard in London you would expect to pay a premium, but £100 per head anyone?!! A drink before hand, a decent bottle of Qupe and set meal prices of £49 per person men that it is very difficult to get change out of £200 for two people.

It was packed to the gunwhales with shady businessmen and models who no doubt threw the whole lot back up minutes after they left the place, so i guess they could afford it, but I am not sure that I would rush back at those prices.

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