Happy Monday Top Cats! Hope you guys had a fabulous weekend. With the winter kicking in, don’t you feel we need food that warms both our hearts and our bellies… a little more than usual?
This week’s food review is on the restaurant – Nara Thai, Mumbai that is sitting like a Bawse in Bandra Kurla Complex, neighbours with our very own Yauatcha.
About Nara & Thai Cuisine
Brought to India by the folks & forks behind Yauatcha and Hakkasan, this Asian eatery is a must-visit if you fancy Thai food! I’ve always been a fan of Thai food for its’ toothsome flavours that allow you to explore the potent of your own tongue.
Simply because, mastering Thai food seems rather tough to many. Apparently it requires quite a bit of practice to balance all the flavours and spices that go into a dish. Thai cooking majorly emphasises on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge.
Also… my obsession with Thai food has skyrocketed in the past few months ‘cos I am getting married in Thailand. Yikes!!!
Here’s what you must order when in Nara Thai:
This is a spicy raw papaya salad which is hands down one of the most refreshing and appetising salads I’ve ever had. You must try this even if you aren’t a salad person. You owe it to your taste buds!
If you’re a tofu person and fancy peanut sauce then this most definitely an appetiser that will kickstart the flow of those digestive juices!
Tord Mun Khao Poad
These are nothing but crispy corn cakes that one can never go wrong with!
Khao Phad Samunprai aka THE PURPLE RICE
These are butterfly pea rice with some Thai herbs. It took us (my friends and I) a while to crack if there is such a thing as purple rice (just like brown, red and black)… but looks like it’s the herbs that gives these Rice the purple colour.
A MUST must-have at Nara Thai, I MUST punctuate.
It goes without saying that while dining in a Thai restaurant it’s a sin to ‘not’ order either (or all) of the following on the table.
Steamed Jasmine Rice (Khao Hom Mali)
Thai Green Curry (Kang Kiew Wan)
I’ve eaten Thai Green Curry at quite a few places but the taste of this one will stick with me forever. Just can’t stop singing highly about this one!
Thai Red Curry (Kang Pa Nang)
Surprisingly, I’ve always shied away from Red Curries but this one stole my heart. I do regret gorging only on the Thai Green Curry and taking a while + a tad bit of reluctance to taste the Red Curry. I am going to jump upon any excuse to visit Nara (soon) again just to gorge & gorge & gorge on the Red Curry.
Thai Tea Crepe Cake
This is perhaps THE ONLY (non-chocolatey) dessert that I can fathom falling in love with! It was beyond amazing; ’twas D-I-V-I-N-E!!! Despite a full stomach you wouldn’t stop swooning over this dessert, I assure you!
A dish you can (in my humble opinion) avoid-
Phad Kraprao Hed Ma Khuer Yao
…which is nothing but stir fried aubergine with mushroom kraprao. Perhaps I am not an aubergine person or this dish was way too bland for my taste… or the eternal optimist in me says that… this one perhaps needs to grow on me.
When in Mumbai, India you must try Nara Thai if-
1. You wish to take your taste buds on a roller coaster ride,
2. You’re in a mood to try some really good quality Thai food,
3. You have a thing for Asian cuisine (like me ),
4. You like the way purple rice looks …
5. Or if you are just as Starstruck as me ‘cos Nara seems to be quite popular among the celebrities of B-town (as of now)!
The Maven Score
Did You Know?
Here are 3 ( of the many ) fun facts about Thai Food !!!
“Thai cuisine is a perfect blend of four seasonings – salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. Almost every Thai dish combines all four tastes.
Thai cuisine is very popular in western world. In fact, two Thai dishes – Pad Thai (stir-fried noodles) and Tom Yum Goong (Spicy and Sour Shrimp soup) – are available in EVERY corner of the world.
Thai cuisine lays a lot of importance to fresh fruits and vegetables which is very much evident in their curries and every desserts that come loaded with fruits.”