August 11th, 2020
Nara Kitchen & Co at Damansara Uptown: Restaurant Review
Nara mostly lives up to its moniker – a Greek girl’s name that means ‘happy’ – with brightly upbeat vibes & a sprightly selection of feel-good food that might make it one of Damansara Uptown’s most fashionable weekend destinations in the months ahead.
The restaurant kicked off with a confidently conducted trial run for both friends & paying customers this past weekend, unveiling an early oeuvre of breakfast bowls, wraps, salads, sandwiches & sides with plenty of promise. Dishes here are constructed for both visual & gustatory impact, so your camera & your taste buds should be equally enticed by the Big Belly (RM23), with white organic quinoa, fresh mint, roasted beets, orange wedges, sliced kyuri, hummus & miso vinaigrette.
Tuna Tartar with Organic Egg Mayo, Tomato Salsa, Wasabi Guacamole & Garlic Butter Toast
Nara’s recipes are geared for the next evolution of the Klang Valley’s brunch-hunting demands: With the likes of Eggs Benedict having lost their novelty & lustre, what will propel the next F&B trends? Nara’s ambitions sprint toward a sharp sense of sophistication; our favourite order here is the tuna tartar with organic egg mayo, tomato salsa, wasabi guacamole & garlic butter toast (RM29), with compellingly controlled complexities – both lively & mellow – that play harmoniously off one another.
For Heartier Meals
For heartier meals, Nara’s philosophy of wholesome nourishment is well typified by the Masala Shrimp (RM33), a fibre-rich foldover with spiced prawns & bell peppers with fresh veggies in warm garlic tortilla served with house-made mint yoghurt. We like how flavours here are robust but not overpoweringly punchy – try the Crunchy Chicken wrap (RM29) with Asian slaw, crispy noodles & a satay-like peanut sauce. As made very clear by the expertise in its execution, Nara isn’t run by first-timers; it’s the newest member of the high-powered family of businesses on this street that includes The Good Batch & Hyde At 53M.
The sole item we’d skip is the Waffle Fries Poutine, neither an ideal representative of the Canadian favourite nor a dish that justifies its RM24 cost. While the Truffle Bechamel Mushroom Samosas are even pricier at RM26 (for four big pieces), they’re arguably more convincing, served steaming-hot, with a thin, light crisp that yields pleasurably to an aromatic, earthy milkiness.
Nara currently only serves brunch/lunch, with plans to introduce more temptations soon (house-baked bread, lobster rolls, salmon-&-egg donburi, citrus-tinged waffles with chicken). Supper club-style dinner sessions might become a reality later on.
Location and Contact Details
Nara Kitchen & Co
61, Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Utama
Tel: 012 907 3399
8am-4pm. Closed Mondays.