But, whether they’re creating graphene atoms, trying to get to the moon or looking for cancer cures, the light of inspired lunacy burns in all of them. And a few of the ideas on display are obviously, gobsmackingly brilliant, even to the layperson – for example, Michael Pritchard’s Lifesaver water bottle with its inbuilt filtration system, is a stroke of genius which may well save thousands of lives. Fascinating, cheering stuff.
Housed inside the Lancaster London, Nipa is plush and polished – just as you’d expect from a hotel restaurant. Decorous waitresses in traditional attire greet you at the door of the teak-panelled room. You’re then escorted to tables immaculately laid with white cloths and vases of fresh orchids; plump for a window spot if you can, for views of Hyde Park across the road. The menu encompasses the gamut of classic Thai cooking, including a few less-common dishes. Food is attractively presented, with carved vegetable garnishes. A penang chicken curry was thick, fragrant with lime leaves and subtly spiced, while a stir-fried pork dish with coriander and pepper was fresh and aromatic with plenty of punchy fine-chopped garlic. Chilli is used in moderation, so as not to offend the well-turned-out international patrons. Opt for a set meal and Nipa can also deliver smart dining at relatively affordable prices. The early-bird ‘Nok Khamin’ menu is good value at £23 for a starter and a main, with a glass of wine or beer.
Venue says: “You can now indulge some Nipa Thai delectable specialities with our early bird set menu between 5-6.30pm. Price: £23. See website for more.”