“Why haven’t you written a blog about the Thai restaurant I took you to yet?” the boyfriend asked me as we were driving home from a more satisfying dining experience last Sunday.
“Umm... because the photos didn’t come out very well.”
“But you took loads (not true, he just gets very embarrassed about it). You must have got a few good ones.”
“It was really dark in there and the flash makes the food look unappetising and colourless.”
“So a fairly accurate representation then.”
“What do you mean?”
“I just didn’t think it was that great, that’s all. I liked the trout salad and the relish thing you wrote about, but overall it was nothing special and, to be honest, I felt a bit ripped off at the end of it.”
And so it came about that I was able to admit the real reason why I had not written about our experience.
The restaurant in question was Nahm, David Thompson’s Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair. I have long been a fan of Thompson’s book, Thai Food, and more recently, Thai Street Food, but had never been to one of his restaurants. I told myself afterwards that perhaps my expectations had been too high, but now I am not so sure.