Monday, August 10, 2015

Nara Kitchen & Co @ Damansara Uptown

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.

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, 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.

Nara With Love
61, Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Closed Mondays. Will start its first full day of operations, 8am-4pm, on Wednesday, August 9

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18 comments:

  1. Thank god for unique renditions of brunch food. I'm so bored already :P

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    1. Rebecca: it'll be interesting to see what various outlets come up with next :)

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  2. I really like alfalfa sprouts, Sean, and I love how they present the dishes with flowers. Beautiful!

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    1. Linda: those flowery elements are an excellent flourish! :)

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  3. The portion is not big but what really matters is the quality, right? HAHA

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    1. Fabian: quality over quantity works for me :)

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  4. The salads here look fresh and appetizing. I'm sure to like a good number of the dishes here.

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    1. The Yum List: they're definitely doing something a bit different here :)

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  5. Business does not seem all that good. Wraps look great.

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    1. Suituapui: wrap me up, scotty! :)

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  6. Food here looks wholesome and healthy...esp the masala shrimp, looks good.

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    1. Baby Sumo: the masala shrimp came highly recommended by the founder :)

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  7. Food here looks healthy....for a change! ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: less guilt then usual!

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  8. Another nice place with pretty dishes! :D

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    1. CK: ya, i think you'll be hearing more about Nara soon! :P

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  9. Like the clean and minimalist interior and the food served is unique too

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    1. Choi Yen: minimalist decor, but ya, quite elaborate food :D

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