Nana is the new sister restaurant of the busy Thai restaurant Khao San Road. Due to my recent obsession with Pok Pok, trying a new Thai restaurant was high on my list.
Nana restaurant opens at 5pm for dinner, and Rafael and I were the first ones there, expecting a long line outside like at Khao San Road. The interior was decorated with a nod to simple streetside eateries in Thailand: metal tables, bright plastic stools, and simple plastic dishes.
To warn people about the heat of Thai food, the items on the menu are marked with level of spice. Rafael and I are not insane spice lovers, so we started cautiously with dishes that had spice levels of 1. And that was plenty.
To start, we ordered the King Oyster Mushroom Laab, a hot and sour salad of meaty king oyster mushrooms served with chopped chilis and onions. We shared the Thong Lo cocktail, a sweet and fragrant coconut milk cocktail served with a lemongrass swizzler.
As his main, Rafael ordered the Khao Soi with Chicken, a soup with soft noodles, crunchy noodles, bean sprouts and chicken in a sweet and sour coconut broth. It was delectable, with a great combination of flavours and textures.
As a noodle-lover, I had the Pad See Ew with Tofu and Vegetables, and it was to die for. Wide flat rice noodles, egg, tofu, and gai lan were coated with an inky dark sauce that was incredibly tasty. Unfortunately, the light was fading fast and Pad See Ew doesn’t photograph well.
For dessert, we split the “Special Roti,” a wheat roti filled with some secret filling that the server mysteriously and jokingly declined to share, fried and drizzled with sweetened condensed milk. Obviously intrigued, we had to order it! Rafael and I pride ourselves in having good taste buds and a good knowledge of food, so we guessed the roti was filled with Milo, a chocolate malt drink powder that is common in Southeast Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. The server was impressed with our guess, and said that the filling was a caramelized Ovaltine powder, basically a similar drink to Milo (and also available in chocolate flavour).
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