[SG} Nara Thai | dismal attempt at Thai cuisine

Friday, May 16, 2014

Post-hype period of Nara Thai, we were quite surprised to find ourselves getting comfy seats right upon reaching. It was only about 60% occupied when we reached at about 8.30pm. 

While we've heard good reviews, we decided not to set our expectations high especially with an average visit to their BKK flagship store.

To prevent customers like me asking for recommendations all the time, they've placed all their chef's recommended dishes onto the first page and this caught our eye for a refreshing appetiser. 

Pomelo Salad ($13.90)

This was an explosion of sour, savoury and sweetness combined. We didn't quite like the combination of fried onions coating the pomelo. The cashew nuts helped add a dimension of texture to it, though all these, tasted better while separated.

 Thai Herbs Fried Rice ($10.90)

While captivated by its unique colour making it photogenic, its taste was a huge letdown. Lacking the herbs infusion, it seemed like just coloured steam plain rice we were having.

Green Curry Chicken ($13.90)  

Finally a decent one, this was flavourful enough with tender soft chicken cubes. I would have personally preferred it to be less milky, though it's a good one for those who's unable to take very spicy food.

Pad Thai with Soft Shell Crab ($15.90)

A classic for any thai meal, this was quite a disappointing one. Lacking the spice and flavours, and with the noodles too wet, we ended up asking for chilli flakes and mixing it in ourselves to adjust to the right taste.

Overall taste was quite a disappointment, making us crave for Ah Loy Thai instead for some cheaper and better alternative. Service was lacking as well, with several blind spots with its enclosed seating area, and while they'd forgotten our order of Tom Yum Soup, we'd decided to give it a miss given our dining experience.

Overall Verdict: 6.0/10 
ION Orchard #B3-21
Singapore 238801

Tel: 6634 5787

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  1. Their thai herbs fried rice does not look appetizing to me.. in addition your review further backs my assumption :)

    1. yeah it looks artificial actually..quite a disappointment for us seeing how the place is so hyped up! :(