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Nara Thai @Ion Orchard


Nara Thai is an upscale Thai Restaurant that took over Burger King’s spot at the basement of Ion Orchard. Originally founded in Thailand in 2003 by a group of female entrepreneurs, their dishes draw inspirations from authentic recipes that have been reinvented and modernised. Classy and contemporary interior settings, polished and warm service, the dining experience at Nara Thai definitely leaves a lasting impression and a trail of dust for its competitors to pick up. IMG_8325Pandan Chicken: I have always been obsessed with ordering this dish whenever I’m having Thai food. I think it’s a habit from young I guess. Or maybe it’s just fascinating to unravel the chicken meat from its tightly woven pandan leaf. I am always one to enjoy fried chicken that is seasoned well(marinade goes far beyond the skin) but I thought it would be better if they could retain more moisture. Nobody loves a dry chicken. IMG_8326Green Curry with Chicken: This was the only dish we ordered that was not recommended on their menu. And sad to say, they were right. As a fan of green curry, I was really disappointed. It was too sweet and milky for my liking.IMG_8327Thai Fish Cakes: Glistening under the light, these fish cakes have been given the proper oiling treatment. But ignore the fact that it was deep fried and you will enjoy your meal much better. The fish cakes were a delight. Addictive, tasty and properly spiced, they bore resemblance to our “otah”. Please do not hesitate to use the dipping sauce that comes along. You will not regret it. IMG_8334Stir Fried Soft shall Crab: I vaguely remember having something similar at Thai Express but of course, the only resemblance remains in the taste profile. Otherwise, Nara Thai did it much better. A notch above its competitors. This dish may appear to be just a plate of yellow mess but looks can be deceiving. The highlight of my meal, the soft-shell crab in yellow curry was divine. The lightly battered crab was crunchy and tasty while the yellow curry was rich in flavours and spice, a great companion to a bowl of jasmine white rice. A speciality of the restaurant, the dish was cooked and seasoned perfectly.

It never really occur to me that Thai dishes were generally lacking in aesthetics. Well, not until I started to take a good look of my pictures. (Maybe it is just my mediocre photography skills.) But nonetheless, the Thai cuisine is a reminder to not judge a book by its cover. Beneath their matted appearance are flavours that are wondrously contradictory. Refined yet hearty, traditional yet innovative. Nara Thai maybe more pricey than your usual Thai food joint but it is worth a try, especially for its signature dishes.

Nara Thai
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
Singapore 238801

Opening Hours:
Tel: 6634 5787

The Marmalade Pantry

Ion Orchard is like Heaven and Earth packed in a building. In the basement level, its a shopping haven for the mankind. And when you ascend to the first storey and above, you will shop like the Gods. From Diane Von Furstenburg to Miu Miu, my wallet shrinks at the sight of the posh headboards. But situated at the centre of the second level is a casual dining restaurant with a clean, modern look. Offering a variety of fusion cuisine and indulgent desserts, the restaurant is not lacking in patrons even on weekdays. IMG_8900Oriental Grilled King Salmon with Soba: For the first time, I enjoyed the dish that wasn’t my order. The salmon fillet was seared to perfection. Cooked on the outside, but delectably moist and slightly pinkish inside. The meat is also seasoned well such that the original flavour of my favourite fish is not lost. The cha soba that they serve as a side is light, simple and a delicious contrast of taste and bite.

IMG_8888Pan Seared Snapper: The dish that I ordered, failed to impress me. Despite serving perfectly cooked snapper fillets with ratatouille, the dish is too bland for my liking. It lacks the fireworks that I usually seek for.

Marmalade PantryFluffy Coconut Cream Cake

IMG_8920Lemon Meringue Sponge Cake: The meringue is light, sweet and fluffy. Although the sponge layers can be more moist, the main character of the cake is the custard cream that carries a tang of lemon zest, bringing the the entire cake to life.



The Marmalade Pantry (ION Orchard)
2 Orchard Turn
#03-22 to #03-34 ION Orchard
Mon – Sun: 10am – 10pm