We have all been witness to the various restaurants, cafes and eateries opening everywhere around us and what seemed impossible 2 years ago, has become ground reality today. Maybe there will actually come a time when food will start popping out of devices, and imagine just how convenient that will be! With the crazy number of food chains and restaurants opening up at every nook and corner, it can be confusing to pick one for a meal that’s worthy of our time and money in keeping with impeccable service and the quality of food.
‘Nara’ is a dining experience that achieves international standards of quality and expertise from a brand that is well-established in the international market. Karyna Bajaj of KA Hospitality, a group that brought world standard brands like Hakkasan and Yauatcha to a standalone format in India, bring to us authentic Thai cuisine with a franchise of the original Nara Thai in Bangkok.
Located in the prime areas of Bombay’s corporate scene, Nara has recently started an outdoor seating area. A resounding purple theme (by the designer of Nara outlets, Nitipattara Yensup) will welcome you as you step in. The cutlery and the chairs are all purple and there is no mistaking the feminine, ultra-chic vibe that the place emanates. What is truly beautiful is the ambience as a clear bustle is evident with prompt service and a niche crowd, people who have either come for work meetings or a leisurely lunch. This could be a great spot for a Saturday date night or even a Sunday brunch. The recent expansion of main course dishes in their new menu makes it all the more enticing a visit, in celebration of the outlet’s first anniversary!
We started our meal with a fresh Pomelo salad which is a must-have and is a bowl of beautiful ingredients that complement each other wonderfully. The cashew nut provides the required crunch while the bitter pomelo is smeared with a sweet and salty dressing. There is spice from chillies strewn over the salad and all the ingredients encompass all flavours of Thai food. This was followed by John Dory in Banana Leaf which is fish that is marinated and wrapped in a banana leaf only to be steamed to perfection. The fish is flavourful and so soft, a simple touch will break it into pieces, just as we like it!
For the main course we went for the Salmon Yellow Curry which is an authentic Thai Yellow curry that is intensely creamy and is best paired with the burnt garlic rice or the steamed jasmine rice. The salmon is delectable and the coconut flavour will stay with you throughout the day. The butterfly pea rice and possibly everything on their menu is worth exploring. The preparations will spark curiosity as the flavours burst in your mouth and the signature purple plating, presentation and service will help you sit back, relax and soak in the revelry. A bunch of new desserts have been introduced that are sure to send you into dessert heaven. A dessert we tried, scraped off the plate would be a better expression here, and is something you absolutely cannot miss out on when you visit Nara is their Thai Tea Panna Cotta. Thai tea is special because of the spiced ingredients like star anise, cardamom and tamarind and this rich, creamy, luscious Panna Cotta is a dream come true for every milk-based dessert fan or coconut lover! The creamy coconut flavour of the Panna Cotta and the smooth texture will have you ordering another one, only to see it disappearing as glorious spoonfuls melt in your mouth. The Thai milk is the perfect amount of sweet and while the coconut does not overpower the flavour neither is the dessert too sweet, something a lot of desserts get flak for.
Nara is a dining experience that you will remember for a while and the food will have you thinking. Voted as Thailand’s best restaurants since 2006, this is a meal you should not miss out on!
Address: Nara Thai Cuisine, Ground Floor, Raheja Towers, Opposite SIDBI Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai 400051
Timing: 12 noon – 4 pm, 6.30 pm – 1 am