TO THE Nipa Thai restaurant at the Royal Lancaster Hotel last week for a spicy mid-week lunch feast, where our diners whetted their appetites with two bottles of Louis Roederer Cristal Brut before gorging themselves on traditional Thai delicacies.

They started with soups, soft shell crab and fishcakes, moving on to sample sweet and sour seabass, scallops with asparagus and king prawns in red curry sauce for main course and traditional ice creams for dessert.

Their banquet was washed down with two bottles apiece of Château Smith Haut Lafitte and Château Malartic-Lagravière, while a round of Hennessy cognacs and Taylors port brought the bill to £1,222.30 before service.