Thursday, September 25, 2014

Nara Thai @ Westgate

Nara Thai Cuisine is an up-market restaurant in Thailand and has been consistently voted as Thailand’s Best Restaurant by Tatler. Currently, they have 3 branches in Bangkok and 2 in Singapore - Ion Orchard and Westgate.

The bunny is a lucky girl since Westgate is a stone throw away from my place and it's really convenient for me to satisfy my craving for authentic Thai food . I've actually visited Nara Thai a couple of times for lunch already since they opened a few months back.

Nara Thai Cuisine @ Westgate
There's 2 dining areas here - indoors, which is air-conditioned, and alfresco, where you can get to see the bustling crowd of the shopping mall right outside. The aircon settings at the indoor section are usually wayyyy too cold for this bunny (I'm pretty sure the pandas Kai Kai & Jia Jia would have felt at home there) so the alfresco area is my de facto choice.

Alfresco dining area
This bunny's must order dish at Nara Thai is the Stir-fried Soft-Shell Crab with Yellow Curry ($18.90). The thick, fragrant curry gravy is sinfully rich and is good enough to eat on its own. What surprised me when I first tried this dish was that it's not at all spicy! As for the soft-shell crab pieces, they were all generously sized and succulent. Each and every piece of the crab was enveloped by a thin batter and fried to a crispy golden color.

Stir fried soft shell crab with yellow curry
The Roasted Red Duck Curry ($15.90) is another fav of this bunny. It's tough to find decent red duck curry in Singapore and Nara Thai's execution of this tedious dish is a luxuriant spicy curry which leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste after swallowing. There's ample chucks of roasted duck meat accompanied by plump cherry tomatoes, pineapple bits and pea eggplant.

Roasted red duck curry
The Stir-fried Morning Glory ($10.90), or Kang Kong as we commonly call it in Singapore, may look innocent enough, but it really packs a dose of fire power. I was downing my drink and blowing my nose by the third bite. Still, it was good enough for me to go on. The veg stayed bright and crisp, which was a yardstick for the chef's stir-fry skills.

Stir fried morning glory
A classic Thai eats, the Pandan Chicken ($12.90), was decent, but it didn't knock my socks off. The chicken pieces were juicy, but at the same time, also very very oily.

Pandan Chicken
The Stir-fried Squid with Salted Egg ($13.90) came more as a disappointment with my most recent trip to Nara Thai with the hubby. The gravy was kinda watery and the salted egg taste just didn't meld with the rest of the ingredients. On the bright side, the squid was done nicely, well-cooked without being rubbery.

Stir-fried squid with salted egg
Nara Thai Cuisine @ Westgate
3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532
Tel: 6710 5867

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