If you’re not heading off to the sunnier climes of Thailand this Christmas, we’ve got the next best thing. Ora is a gem of a new and super stylish Thai restaurant on Little Portland Street tucked away from the throng of festive shoppers of Oxford Street.

The restaurant’s 90 covers are spread over both banquettes and a central communal table seating 20 for the more sociably minded. The interior is all about sleek clean lines in a suitably zen-like shade of dove grey with flashes of hot pink and glass light installations running the length of the space.

There’s also a 30-seater lounge bar area with cocktails mixed by Ivanic Branislav who previously shook things up at Firmdale’s Soho Hotel and Quaglino’s. However, if you’re storing up your units for later, he’ll also be creating a ‘healthy drink of the day’!

Head chef, Tamas Khan hails from Busaba Ethai. He learned his skills from an early age from his Thai grandmother but puts his own contemporary spin on traditional recipes. The menu includes Thai favourites alongside less well known specialities such as Taub Yeng – grilled foie gras served with homemade dip; Meunh Kaum – roasted coconut mixed with pomelo, peanut, lime, dried shrimps, ginger and chillies and served on a bed of betel leaves and Neur Yeang Rad Prik – grilled sirloin steak topped with homemade chilli and basil.

The concept has been developed by general manager Nok Murphy, formerly a driving force at Mango Tree and Awana. And with staff uniforms designed by Polpat Asavaprapha, former fashion director at Maxmara New York and washroom products created exclusively by gorgeous boutique Thai spa brand, Erb (which makes facial oils to die for), Ora is a great way to get your fashion fix without the crowds.

www.ora-restaurant.co.uk

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