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4/5

Nara Thai

No 3, Deal Place, Colombo 03


The food is good, the portions are reasonable for the price, and you don't need to book a plane ticket to savour authentic Thai cuisine.



Nara Thai is a Thai restaurant franchise that recently opened up in Colombo at the old Chesa Swiss location. We were happy with our First Look, but the comments section seemed to paint a different picture, particularly on small portions and lacklustre service. We went again for a full-on review, and had a positive experience. 

Food & Drink

We started off with a small portion of Tom Kha Gai soup (Rs. 990), a lemongrass and coconut milk soup with the option of chicken or beef. We opted for chicken and were glad to see plenty of it. The mushrooms seemed suspect, a lot like the canned straw mushrooms you would find on a supermarket shelf. A few whole red chilies also made an appearance. Don't be alarmed, this has a much milder kick than the infamous Tom Yum soup, and it's a good portion for two. We would hit it up again.

Our mains included the Pad Kee Mao (Rs. 990), aka Drunken Noodles, a pretty straight-forward dish of stir fried rice noodles with chilli and basil with the option of chicken or beef. Again, we went chicken. This one didn't blow us away, but that's a part of the charm, maybe? Some stories claim the name comes from the use of rice wine, the others claim it was first made by a drunkard with whatever was in the kitchen. Either way, the vegetables were bland and the spices didn't make much of an impression. If you're looking for flavour, avoid.

We also took the rice direction with two portions of jasmine rice (Rs. 190 each) paired with a small portion of Kang Kiew Wan (Rs. 1190), a green curry, again with the option of chicken or beef. Ten points if you guessed that we ordered the chicken! Hah, no. We got the beef, this time. The curry packed quite a punch with an acidity that might scorch your throat. The meat had softened and taken on the flavours of the curry. There were a lot of peppers, parsley and lime zest that kicked in here and there, as we got through it. 

To wash it down, we had the Anchan Tea, or Butterfly Pea Tea, to drink. To be honest, this was possibly the most confusing drink I've had. Rather tart and full of antioxidants, it's a purple concoction that is oddly reminiscent of Ribena. It was quite refreshing and helped cleanse the palate. At Rs. 390, I'm not personally convinced of its value, but it's great to recover from a heavy meal.

Service & Ambiance


The restaurant itself is gorgeous, with bright purple, gold and red accents complementing the wooden chairs and glass topped tables. They've littered the space with a few ornaments that are curious to look at, so your eyes won't get bored too quick. Overall, the atmosphere is pleasant and relaxed. Oh, and there's giant bells in the outdoor seating area and some quirky fans.

Service is efficient. We went in on a busy afternoon and the waiters seemed to handle each table attentively, and they knew their away about the menu. 

Conclusion

 

Nara Thai is a solid Thai restaurant that fits the bill for both family dinners and date nights, or even the casual lunch date. The food is good, the portions are reasonable for the price, and you don't need to book a plane ticket to savour authentic Thai cuisine. We like it!


TIP

Reserve your seats before you go in. Also don't order too much because their portions are good for sharing.

Address

No 3, Deal Place, Colombo 03

Directions

It's located right opposite The Manhattan Fish Market down R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03.

Contacts

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Report Inaccuracy

Closed right now

Cuisine

Thai South-East Asian

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Noodles Rice And Curry Fried Rice Chicken

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User Reviews
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1/5

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ryoo

Went here on Jan 2018 and the food was lackluster and not well done. First of all, the portion sizes was a joke especially for the exuberant prices.
First, the good: I tried fried rice dishes from my co-eaters and that was acceptable. However, it tasted like a Chinese dish rather than a Thai dish.

The shrimp were overdone with rubbery texture and when I tried to dig in I noticed it had pieces of main vein still attached - meaning they hadn't cleaned the prawns properly. Deep fried Barramundi (with garlic and herbs) was fried to death, so instead of getting flaky texture you get hard dry pieces. It wasn't seasoned well either. I didn't get any garlic or herb flavor from it.

Service and ambience was good - just what you would expect from similarly priced restaurants. The food ill-prepared for the most part and overpriced. I'm not going there again.

M
1

5/5

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Mirudusha

I went there twice. Both times the food was great. The variety of the food and flavours are just awesome. Will go there again soon. Oh! And the portions were just the right amount. And I'm pretty sure that the head chef is from Thailand.

S
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2/5

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sankalpamare

Many favourable reviews enticed us to check this place out.
As reviewed by many ; the place has nice ambience and was already full when we visited. (Had a reservation )
We went for the most favoured selections and the Butterfly Pea tea was delicious, although was a little too sweet. The Iced tea is actually an iced milk tea and was a little on the heavy side combined with the meal.
We went for the famed Tom Yum soup which was as many have reviewed , super.
The right hit with spices and herbs.
We had two types, seafood and beef, equally tasty and succulent portions.

We had the combination of Jasmine rice with green curry. The rice was a sticky white rice and the green curry was actually yellow.
We were wondering whether the cook has changed when we tasted it as it was nothing like what people had reviewed.
It was a bland spiceless mass of thick coconut curry with chicken and fish in it (we had two).
We didnt finish either and left half filled.

The service was prompt but not the kind you expect at a 2500/= + per head resturent.
We had to call for two folks and the napkins came halfway through the soup.

In summery ; not enough value for money.

R
1

1/5

0

ryoo

Went here on Jan 2018 and the food was lackluster and not well done. First of all, the portion sizes was a joke especially for the exuberant prices.
First, the good: I tried fried rice dishes from my co-eaters and that was acceptable. However, it tasted like a Chinese dish rather than a Thai dish.

The shrimp were overdone with rubbery texture and when I tried to dig in I noticed it had pieces of main vein still attached - meaning they hadn't cleaned the prawns properly. Deep fried Barramundi (with garlic and herbs) was fried to death, so instead of getting flaky texture you get hard dry pieces. It wasn't seasoned well either. I didn't get any garlic or herb flavor from it.

Service and ambience was good - just what you would expect from similarly priced restaurants. The food ill-prepared for the most part and overpriced. I'm not going there again.

M
1

5/5

0

Mirudusha

I went there twice. Both times the food was great. The variety of the food and flavours are just awesome. Will go there again soon. Oh! And the portions were just the right amount. And I'm pretty sure that the head chef is from Thailand.

S
1

2/5

0

sankalpamare

Many favourable reviews enticed us to check this place out.
As reviewed by many ; the place has nice ambience and was already full when we visited. (Had a reservation )
We went for the most favoured selections and the Butterfly Pea tea was delicious, although was a little too sweet. The Iced tea is actually an iced milk tea and was a little on the heavy side combined with the meal.
We went for the famed Tom Yum soup which was as many have reviewed , super.
The right hit with spices and herbs.
We had two types, seafood and beef, equally tasty and succulent portions.

We had the combination of Jasmine rice with green curry. The rice was a sticky white rice and the green curry was actually yellow.
We were wondering whether the cook has changed when we tasted it as it was nothing like what people had reviewed.
It was a bland spiceless mass of thick coconut curry with chicken and fish in it (we had two).
We didnt finish either and left half filled.

The service was prompt but not the kind you expect at a 2500/= + per head resturent.
We had to call for two folks and the napkins came halfway through the soup.

In summery ; not enough value for money.

C
2

5/5

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chamoo

Great food, clean and neat place! Staff members are also very nice.

M
1

5/5

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mmvb

Nara Thai has a lovely atmosphere, delicious food and helpful wait staff. Their hostess, Christina, is especially friendly and helpful. Our experience was thoroughly enjoyable.

K
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5/5

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kevin mura

came with family , we were sit out side and we ordered yellow curry crab was amazing …the desert mango sticky rice was excellent mouthwatering. This not a fancy place to enjoy , and only the disappointment was no alco

S
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5/5

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Sandya

Great food and good service. I will definitely come back with my family and friends again. The Front staff was friendly and the suggested food was really good, specially the yellow curry crab. The front girl named Erandee also helped us alot, i really appreciate her concern on customers. Ambiance was really great. love the deco… you should try their seafood dishes including the crab.

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