Ground Floor, Raheja Towers, Near Dena Bank,
Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai 400051
Ph: 022 6137 8080
Meal for two: Approximately `1800 + taxes, without alcohol

Nara Thai comes with its share of expectations, specially for the travelling diner who might have visited the Singapore, Bangkok or Sri Lanka establishments. Brought to Bombay, at the burgeoning BKC, it shares a wall with Yauatcha, the Dim sum tea house, both by KA Hospitality.

Keeping it neat and flavourful with that Thai charm we are drawn to, the food and service at Nara Thai earns top grade, beginning with the vodka-based Butterfly Pea Sour – which appears to be the running theme here, with an ice tea, soft jasmine rice and sago and coconut ice-cream bearing the ingredient. When you add lemon to the flower you get a purple tinge which is what adorns the crockery and other embellishments, we observe, as we enjoy the crisp Morning Glory with a spicy chicken and prawn dip and Som Tum just the way we like it. The sumptuous John Dory, steamed, with chilli and lime sauce is a must-order at Nara as well as the broccoli and mushroom in a rich garlic gravy. While we were sated with the Thai Omelette with Crab Meat, do opt for the No Carb Pad Thai Noodles if space permits and finish off with the silken Thai Tea Panna Cotta, certainly our sweet pick. A soothing jasmine tea was in order, calling it a wrap at Nara Thai.

If you wish to know what Nara stands for, after a delightful meal, it stems from the Sanskrit word for ‘beautiful woman’ chosen to represent the femme force behind the brand at large. Here it’s Karyna Bajaj as the young Executive Director of KA and Chef JC, another young woman behind the fare at all four of Bangkok’s Naras, working her magic here, too.

This review was published in UpperCrust Magazine, Oct-Dec 2017; used here with permission from the publisher.