LIFESTYLE

PAYST: THAI CURRY PASTES THAT PACK A PUNCH

20 AUGUST 2021
You may or may not have gathered but we're pretty obsessed about all things edible - and a few more things too! As we regularly stumble upon some great finds, food or no, and we thought we'd share our favourites with you!

1. PAYST: THAI CURRY PASTES that pack a punch

Payst is an amazing high-quality Thai curry paste brand made by, without question our favourite Thai restaurant in London, Farang. We regularly make our own curry pastes as we believe that the flavours are better and fresher but we make an exception with these. Payst pastes taste wonderful and deliver deep fragrant sauces - far better than usual ready-made pastes you can find in the supermarket.

We also love their sizes which feel extremely well portioned, making one good size curry for 2 to 4 people per pot. This means you won’t have loads of curry paste taking up space at the back of your fridge!

The Payst range is not just limited to the classic green and red Thai curry pastes. It encompasses Massaman curry, Jungle curry, Gaeng Gatti (spicy coconut) and Gaeng Gari (yellow curry) too. If you love Thai food and find yourself short on time, stocking up on those will definitely be a great move!

2. PANTECHNICON: 5 delightful FLOORS OF NORDIC & JAPANESE CULTURE

If you are in any way into aesthetical and minimalist homeware, you will want to check out Pantechnicon in London’s Belgravia neighbourhood. Pan-what you ask? The building with its striking pillars was built in 1830 as an arts and crafts centre and the term "Pan" stems for "all", and "techne" for "arts and crafts" in Greek. Set over five storeys the redevelopment now offers 8 spaces of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants all devoted to all things Nordic and Japanese.

On the ground floor as you enter the complex you’ll find French-Japanese Cafe Kitsuné and The Edit shop that showcases a curated selection of 150 Japanese and Nordic brands. I was honestly like a kid in a candy shop there and almost went home with these Artita plates (as you can tell I’m still thinking about them!). The Studio on the first floor, displayed even more homeware, some interior furniture and fashion pieces too.

Now for the food, you’ll find the Sachi restaurant space on the lower ground floor that serves regional Japanese dishes with Nordic touches that are made with local ingredients. At the time of my visit, I was told that a brilliant sushi and sake restaurant is set to open on the first floor.

Eldr on the second floor serves seasonal food based around traditional Nordic cooking techniques such as fermenting, curing and smoking, and made using locally sourced British ingredients. I actually headed all the way up to the roof garden and enjoyed Eldr’s diverse menu of Nordic small plates from head chef Joni Ketonen. Everything was as interesting as it was delicious. The restaurant already features in the 2021 Michelin Restaurant Guide and I can see why!

All in all, this new addition to the capital is one that feels like it will only become more and more interesting and I can’t wait to experience it some more!
 

How About You?

What have been your discoveries and these last few weeks? Let us know as we always enjoy hearing what you stumbled upon as we get to discover lots of new things!

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