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Nara Thai Restaurant (ION Orchard)

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Nara Thai Restaurant serves the famous boat noodles and other thai cuisine. Nara Combines the highest quality ingredients and age old-recipes.

Daily: 11:30 - 22:00

+65 66345787
$32 based on 37 submissions
After Work (14 votes), Ala Carte (8 votes), Birthdays (6 votes)
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Shiok soft shell crab curry

Heard from a friend that the Soft shell crab curry was good, so I headed down for dinner on a Sunday. She was quite right! Only one word to describe the sauce - shiok! Need to eat it with rice though, can be quite heavy.
 
 Ordered the Tom Yum soup also. Very intense. Good for those who like it spicy. But I had a friend who's bad with spice, she was choking up ;) Can be a little salty too, but I think it's cos of the candle warmer causing the soup to evaporate. Didn't really mind since the soup stayed hot.
 
 I would recommend visiting in groups of around 3-4 though, can't try a lot with only 2 people The crab would've gone down better with 4 people sharing. Will come back again with more friends.

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27 Jan 2015 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Shiok soft shell crab curry

Heard from a friend that the Soft shell crab curry was good, so I headed down for dinner on a Sunday. She was quite right! Only one word to describe the sauce - shiok! Need to eat it with rice though, can be quite heavy.
 
 Ordered the Tom Yum soup also. Very intense. Good for those who like it spicy. But I had a friend who's bad with spice, she was choking up ;) Can be a little salty too, but I think it's cos of the candle warmer causing the soup to evaporate. Didn't really mind since the soup stayed hot.
 
 I would recommend visiting in groups of around 3-4 though, can't try a lot with only 2 people The crab would've gone down better with 4 people sharing. Will come back again with more friends.
04 Jan 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

Poor Service and Food Quality

Ordered 3 dishes, one of them was the sample platter which included pandan chicken, chicken satay, fish cake and stint of pomelo salad. The pandan chicken tasted like the chicken was stale and re-cooked, a little sourish. We fedback and they gave us the same batch of pandan chicken. As we couldn't eat the pandan chicken, they replaced with thai fish cake that was the safest. Even the chicken satay and pomelo salad were poor. Very dissapointing, no basic thai food standard at an established name like Nara. As I tasted bad food, I needed to drink to rinse my mouth and just realised half way to our food, no drink was offered. I asked the Thai waitress if she realised that we did not have drinks and nobody offered drink. She was with the attitude look pointed at drink menu. I said aren't you supposed to offer drink? She said no, if you don't order, we don't offer. So, it's like serve you right for not asking for your drink when I gave you drink menu! Conclusion? bad food with expensive price and poor service! For the price I paid, I would rather go to Purvis street where few options of Thai restaurants are available at better food quality and price.
15 Aug 2014 • 579 reviews • 22 followers

Hits and misses

For the photos, please see http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/06/nara-thai.html

Food-wise, Nara Thai is one of the better upper-mid-priced casual Thai establishments around. Not the best, but with over 100 items on their menu, you're bound to order something that tickles your fancy. And certainly one that makes for a pretty satisfying meal that's easy on the wallet.

We had:

1) Gai Tord Samunprai ($10.90) - crispy fried chicken redolent of Thai herbs like dried chillis, ginger and green peppercorns: juicy and succulent.

2) Koh Moo Tord Hgar ($10.90) - marinated pork neck highlighted by a liberal sprinkling of aromatic sesame seeds: crisp exterior, moist interior. 

3) Kaeng Panaeng Moo ($13.90) - tender pork slices smothered in a robust coconutty red curry: superb.

4) Kai Jiew Nua Phu ($12.90): fluffy crabmeat omelette generously woven with fresh shredded crabmeat which lent sweetness. 

5) Tom Yum Kung ($19.90): laced with bulging tiger prawns in spicy lemongrass soup, but lackluster. The prawns had a muddy taste which contaminated the spicy but lacking in depth of flavour soup. 

6) Phad Pak Boong ($10.90) - stir fried morning glory lightly seasoned with oyster sauce and spiced with freshly cut birds eye chillis and crisp garlic sprinkles: scrumptiou
29 Jun 2014 • 9 reviews • 0 follower

Worth a try!

Went on a sat night around 7.30pm and the queue time was around 5mins-10mins.

We ordered:
Tom Yum Kung: Spicy and tasty soup, with two fresh and huge prawns and some mushrooms. $19.90. Must try

Green Mango Salad: Spicy and sourish, very appetising. $12.90. Must try.

Phad Thai noodles: $14.90. ordered with soft shell crab but came with chicken. So so only. Will not order again.

Thai Ice Tea: $5.90. Very small glass and pretty standard thai ice tea drink. Over-priced.

We spent $63 for 2 pax. Not too bad, will go back again to try other dishes but do note that their serving for everything is very small, good for 2-3pax sharing only.
22 Jun 2014 • 152 reviews • 1 follower

Average Thai fare

Please go to http://rollingwrites.blogspot.sg/2014/02/nara-thai.html for pictures and full review.

Starting from the entrance of Nara Thai, you will realise that many of the servers are Thai- we knew we were going to have polite service that day.

We tried the Hors d'oeuvre Nara ($17.90). This is a platter for those who want to try everything but don't want to eat too much of everything, consisting of Thai fish cake, pandan chicken and satay (you can opt for either chicken or pork). The fish cake was a little hard, the pandan chicken was aromatic and nicely charred while staying juicy, the satay was ordinary, the pomelo salad was basically pomelo and cashew nuts with a drizzle of what I believe was fish sauce.

The Pad Thai Phu Nim ($15.90) was pad thai with soft shell crab. The soft shell crab was a little oily and the flavours of the pad thai was pretty standard.

The Kuey Tiew Kom Yum Kung ($14.90) was spicy but it hasn't quite reached the level of Aroy-Dee. This was spicy with a hint of milkiness. The prawns were gigantic and were chewy.

I would say that it's pretty average fare here. Service was good.