High-profile chef David Thompson, who opened Nahm in London in 2001, and within a year, it had become the first Thai restaurant to receive a Michelin star, is planning a return to the capital’s restaurant scene, MCA has learnt.

MCA understands that the chef is in advanced talks to open a site under his fledgling Thai street food concept Long Chim at the Battersea Power Station development.

Long-time business partner Simon Dewhurst of Aylmer Capital, which has backed Thompson on a number of projects over the years, has set up a new company Long Chim (Battersea) towards the proposed launch.

Thompson currently operates three sites under the Long Chim, which means “come and taste”, concept in Singapore, Perth and Sydney.

The 190-seat Sydney branch of Long Chim features a large open plan kitchen, cocktail bar, and a mix of intimate dining alcoves, communal style tables and counter seats.

Thompson left Australia to open Nahm in London in 2001.

Nahm Bangkok was named the best restaurant in Asia in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and is currently ranked at 22 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

He has been praised for changing the face and reputation of Thai food globally.