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Nara eschews culinary sleight of hand and innovation to deliver an exemplary primer on Thai favourites. An ideal spot to sample well-executed dishes in a retail environment.
Rating : 16/20
A carefully curated selection of classics from around Thailand include dishes from all corners of the country. Kick things off with hors d’oeuvre Nara, which cherry-picks appetisers such as tod mun pla (deep-fried fish cakes), chicken satay and poh pia tod (deep-fried spring rolls). Tom yum goong (spicy sour soup with shrimp) comes packed with juicy crustaceans and possesses a rich, complex flavour that a slight timidity in spicing can’t detract from. Indeed, the tourist-friendly nature of the venture means that the chilli count is relatively low for Thai cuisine, something that is evident in stir-fried crab with yellow curry. A good rule of thumb when ordering is to stick to dishes where mellowness in the chilli department is built into the package. One such option is lamb shank in massaman curry where the sweet, spicy gravy complements meat that falls off the bone. Make sure you leave room for Nara’s famously creamy coconut ice cream with Thai condiments.
Rating : 32/40
The wine list keeps things short and sweet with a decent selection of New World reds and whites. Busy shoppers might be better served by a selection of refreshing fresh juices and Thai herbal drinks.
Rating : 15/20
Rating : 17/20