Last Saturday, after an amazing tasting at Dazzling Café, I headed downtown for a long-awaited dinner with some friends. (We had been trying to schedule this dinner for a long time and due to postponements and delays, we finally were able to meet up!) Nana is a Thai restaurant that I’ve heard about for about two years when I had some meals with some “true” foodies and they were saying how this Thai restaurant serves up really authentic food in an environment resembling the streets of Bangkok. Thus, when Gitu suggested this restaurant, I was all up and ready to try it.
As I said, I had just come from a really filling and satisfying tasting event so I wasn’t even hungry. When I got to Nana just after 6 p.m., there were a few tables available. I was the first one there and unfortunately the hostess wouldn’t give me a table until all of my friends were there. That was fine with me and I waited at the entrance for my friends. While waiting, I witnessed so many diners come in and scoop up the empty tables. For a second, I was afraid that once my friends did arrive, we wouldn’t have an available table. Thankfully, when my friends did arrive, we were able to nab the last table near the end of the restaurant. Phew!
The interior decor of this restaurant deserves a lot of recognition! It was definitely designed to resemblethe streets of Bangkok as I mentioned before. There were colourful flags stretched across the restaurant, walls that had “shuttered windows”, and tables and chairs that resembled the ones that you sit outside on the streets (a lot of Asian countries have these) — the chairs were the plastic sort. I really loved the feel of the restaurant.
We were served waters and given the menu by the server. Nana is an extension from the popular Khao San Road Thai restaurant and they even featured some items from there. There were a lot of Thai dishes to choose from with a detailed description of each dish on the back of the menu in case you weren’t sure what the dish was comprised of. Despite feeling full, I was still very intrigued and interested to try the food at Nana finally! 😀
I ordered the “Pad Mama with Hot Dog” (Pad Mama Sai Sai Kok). According to their menu, it said that “this is the ‘mac ‘n cheese’ of Thailand, a comforting dish of tasty stir-fried instant noodles with vegetables, oyster sauce, sweet soy & hot dogs (the mama ‘tom yum’ seasoning pack is added back in for good pressure).” Once I spotted that this was a comfort food dish of Thailand, I knew I wanted to try it. It was unique and I’ve never seen it anywhere else before.
The girls ordered Pad Thai and Yellow Curry Fried Rice with Coconut.
It didn’t take too long for the dishes to arrive together. On the table, there was a spread of four different types of spicy sauce and peppers in open containers too. I tried these out for “good measure”. 😀
I really liked my Pad Mama with Hot Dog dish! It was really just fried instant noodles (the mama brand) but it was fried with Thai spices and had a hint of tanginess to it (probably from the lime juice that I squeezed in). It was really a unique dish made with common ingredients. The spices were indeed “authentic” (as much as I could taste it anyway) and I really liked the noodles! The hot dog was also nothing special — plain hot dogs — but they were cut up so that their ends split up like an octopus. Again, this was definitely a comfort food dish. 🙂
I tried a bite of the Pad Thai Bo Lan from Tam and that single bite was full of flavour and authentic tastes again. I was impressed!
I tried the Yellow Curry Fried Rice with Coconut and liked the yellow curry in the rice. It wasn’t too spicy either.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Nana Restaurant and wish I could have tried more of their dishes. This is the type of restaurant that you will want to come into with a group of four to five foodies and try almost all of the dishes because everything is so flavourful and authentic. Although I say this all the time for restaurants that I like on a first impression basis, I really wouldn’t hesitate to come here again to try more of their food.
The server helped me pack up the remainder of my Pad Mama with Hot Dog dish to go and alas that was the end of our foodie adventure at Nana. Until next time! 🙂