Nakhon Kitchen Hot
It serves you the best authentic Thai food in a neighboring concept, located at the eastern side of Singapore.
- < $10
Tel: +65 6286 8785
Authentic Thai food amongst the heartlands
I first noticed Nakhon Kitchen when I drove past a couple of times and saw that the queue was almost always very long. It seemed to me like just a normal eatery so I didn't pay much attention to it until the family decided to go try it one day.
We queued for about 20 minutes before we finally got a seat. The menu looked impressive, but it was frustrating that we couldn't get any of the staff to take our orders even though the place was small and I believed we were easily noticeable. Even after coming to our table and while taking our order, the staff displayed an unhappy face which already partially killed our mood. Service wise, only 1/5 stars.
We ordered a few dishes to share amongst the four of us, one of them being the Tom Yum Soup. The Tom Yum Soup here is comparable to the one at Thai Express - clear (and hence appears "innocent"), but very, very spicy. The rest of the dishes were average, I wouldn't say they were absolutely delicious, but definitely tastes authentic. However, the lousy service here is enough to put me off and make me not want to come back for a return visit.
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try the pandan chicken
Nakhon was one of my favorite lunch and dinner places back in secondary school, my friends and I would even skip lessons just to have more time finishing up our food. If you’re a huge fan of Thai food, you might want to consider adding Nakhon to your list. Be prepared to queue during peak hours though, this place is well known for their affordable yet quality food. Nestled at a corner in Kovan, Nakhon serves up authentic Thai dishes at affordable prices. The portions may seem small to some people but ordering a variety of dishes makes up for it.
My all time favorite dishes would be the pandan chicken, sambal kangkong, minced basil pork and phad thai. Nakhon is also well known for their efficiency, tables are cleared and ready within 2 minutes and the food arrived pretty promptly after orders are taken. It’s always a pleasant time dining at Nakhon Kitchen, I will definitely return for more.
Didn't Meet Expectations
I heard a lot of good things about Nakhon Kitchen, so I went there with high expectations, however they were not met at all.
Although most of dishes were not bad per se, they were nothing to shout about and I was horrified at their phad thai. It was dry and bland - easily one of the worst Phad Thais I’ve tried.
The saving grace was the basil minced pork, which was fragrant and flavourful and went wonderfully with white rice. However, it alone not enough to entice me back to Nakhon Kitchen.
Budget option in a pricey area
I love thai food, and Nakhon is definitely my go-to place for fulfilling my thai food cravings. It is really popular and the price and quality of the food makes it worth the queue. People are even willing to queue in the rain for some Nakhons.
The menu is a complete selection of all the classic Thai dishes. Although you won’t get fanciful “fusions” like at Thai Express, the food is always authentic, as most of the staff seem to be Thais.
My favourite is the green curry, I switch it up between prawn, chicken and pork for variety, but it’s the curry that’s the star of the show. This goes well with white rice, so I have a dilemma as to whether I should get their equally awesome pineapple rice. If I can’t make up my mind I just get the basil chicken, it a timeless classic.
We reached the place around 11.40am on a weekday, which was about 20 minutes before it opened for business, but there was already of 3 aunties sitting in front of the store queuing up. About 10 minutes before it opened, a staff started going around, taking order and arranging the table seating. Glasses of plain water were pre-served on the tables. All the tables were filled the moment the eatery was opened for business. Food was served quite fast. Thai songs were played in the background. The place was non-aircon, but it was quite cooling with the fans blowing around.
Tamarind Juice ($3)
I was disappointed that it was bottled version. I was expecting homemade type.
Thai Iced Tea ($3)
It tasted surprising thick and creamy.
Thai Iced Lemongrass ($3)
Although it looked rather light, but it was well flavoured.
Deep Fried Boneless Chicken Wings ($4/ 2pcs)
Inside it was stuffed with minced chicken and diced vegetables. It tasted juicy and flavourful.
Pandan Leaves Chicken ($6/ 4pcs)
One of the items which can be found in most tables. I have read that this item had been sold out during lunch before. The seasoned chicken was very juicy and well flavoured.
Papaya Salad with Seafood ($8)
The salad was filled with shredded papaya and juicy seafood. It tasted quite spicy with lots of chilli padi in it.
Tom Ka Soup ($6)
It was Tom Yam Soup with coconut milk in it. I had ordered the seafood version. It did not taste too spicy. Although there was 3 of us, the staff did not serve us bowls to distribute the soup.
Green Curry ($8)
We had the curry with chicken in it. The curry was thick without too spicy.
Honey Chicken ($8)
It was like chicken popcorn covered with a layer of honey.
Pineapple Fried Rice ($6)
A simple dish of fried rice with juicy cubes of pineapple.
Red Ruby ($3)
The red ruby was crunchy and juicy. Quite a refreshing dessert. But as the other 2 desserts had stronger taste, this one tasted quite bland.
Sweet Tapioca served with Coconut Milk ($3)
The tapioca was very tender and sweet. Topped with the sweeten thick coconut milk, it was very yummy.
Mango Sticky Rice served with Coconut Milk ($5)
The juicy mango was served on the hot sticky rice with thick sweeten coconut milk on top.
Overall the food was very nice and delicious. Although the restaurant was packed, but the turnover was quite fast. Most of the customers were office workers who were quite fast to rush back to work.
Total Bill for 3 persons : $66
Yummy & affordable Thai food
Nakhon Kitchen is well known for their yummy and reasonably priced Thai food. However, I've never had the chance to try it because of the long waiting times at both the Bedok and Kovan outlets. (I'm not really a fan of long lines.) But ever since the Pasir Panjang and Holland Village outlets opened, I've never stopped patronizing both restaurants! Don't think I would really. Unless of course the queues get too crazy or if the food standard were to drop.
Some of the dishes that I usually order would be the Olive Fried Rice ($6), Clear/Thick Seafood Tom Yam Soup ($6), Pandan Leaves Chicken ($6) and Stir-fried Minced Pork with Hot Basil Leaves (S$6). Green Curry Chicken is definitely one of my favourite Thai cuisine dishes but I found theirs to be slightly disappointing - the curry wasn't as thick as I'd like it to be and it was slightly bland. I might give it a second chance next time though, hopefully it was just a once-off slip.
With many Thai restaurants pricing their dishes at >$10 each, I really appreciate how most of the dishes here are just $6 and are of decent portions. Plus, there's no GST and service charge! I'm really glad that Nakhon Kitchen is opening more outlets in Singapore (yay to accessible, cheap and good Thai food!) but hopefully their food standards would remain consistent and not be compromised as they continue to expand their business.
Efficient Service, Yummy Food
Recently got my Thai food fix at Nakhon Kitchen at Holland Village. When I reached at 8:30pm, there was no queue.
The Thai food there is very affordable as most of the dishes fall between price range of $4-12. We had the Pandan Leaves Chicken ($6), and Tom Yam Soup ($6), but I particularly liked the Green Curry with chicken ($8). Aside from its herby fragrance, they were also very generous with the chicken.
Nakhon’s efficiency is also commendable, as the piping hot food was served promptly. I had a very pleasant experience dining here, and will definitely be back for more!
Will be back for more!
Upon friends' recommendation, my friend and I recently headed there on a Thursday evening for an early dinner - early because we heard the queue forms rapidly so we were compelled to make the extra effort to camp for dinner service. There were fellow campers there already when we reached around 515pm. Be sure to visit early lest you have to wait to seats!
This eatery has simple thai-style decor, a comprehensive menu, and affordably priced authentic thai food. Nakhon Kitchen boasts friendly, efficient service staff too. They were ever so accommodating when we had them refill our (free) iced water a few times, and patient when we couldn't decide on the dishes we wanted. We settled for Thai Iced Tea, Papaya Salad, Pandan Leaves Chicken, Phad Thai, Tomyumgoong (thick) and a plate of white rice. All these added up to only about $25 for two pax! My favourite pick is the tomyumgoong! It was kickass spicy but so good. I liked that the Thai iced tea was just right, not too milky, not too sweet unlike some which I've tried in Bangkok. Phad Thai was good with a zesty touch. The pandan leaves chicken seems to rather popular with the online community but it was too oily and fatty for my liking. The papaya salad was mediocre, you can do without it.
In a nutshell, my love for thai-food is kindled. I will definitely head back for more soon! This is better than Ah Loy Thai in my opinion and extra brownie points for not needing a long waiting time for our dishes to be served piping hot. Definitely counting my lucky stars that Nakhon Kitchen is located in Kovan, considerably close to where I live.
Good Food at Affordable Price
My first time visiting the outlet was during a Saturday evening with a friend who had tried the food at Kovan. I had friends raving about their fried pineapple rice, and the food smelled delicious whenever I walked pass the crowded outlet.
We queued for a while as we arrived earlier and were seated inside. Our order of fried pineapple rice, pandan leaves chicken, mango salad and red ruby were served quite fast. The fried pineapple rice was fragrant, not too oily and taste great with raisins and pork floss. My friend remarked that the fried rice was better than the one served at Kovan. Pandan leaves chicken was tasty but for me, a bit salty. Mango salad was refreshing and crunchy with cashew nuts. Red ruby was yummy and not too sweet like some other Thai desserts.
Overall, we had a full meal and dining experience was good. The staff rendered efficient service.
As for ordering, it's better to decide what to order while queuing. Staff usually takes the orders from customers in the queue in order to save time.
I will be back next time but ordering takeaway to avoid the crowd. Sitting outside on stools having our meal will be uncomfortable.
Worth queuing for!
Ok this review is going to be slightly biased because I am a huge fan of Thai food. That being said, I am still rather critical when it comes to Thai food all thanks to my aunt from Thailand who feeds me with kickass green curry almost every week.
Nakhon Kitchen is one of the places you have to visit for authentic and affordable Thai food. Each dish is priced at an average of $6 - $10 and they serve free ice water (#sorrynotsorry for being a cheapo). I like that they have a comprehensive menu, and have varying choices for their customers. I most frequently order their Fried Pork with Garlic, Tom Yam Soup, Phad Thai and Pandan Leaves Chicken. A word of caution: the innocent-looking clear Tom Yam Soup is very very very spicy but it tastes so good I can't stop slurping it despite sniffing non-stop all the time.
I have been visiting Nakhon Kitchen a lot ever since the drop in food quality and quantity at Ah Loy Thai. Nakhon Kitchen is one of the best places to have Thai food in Singapore in my opinion.
Is it worth queuing half an hour for it? HELL YES.
Takeaway to avoid queue!
I'm not a fan of Thai food, or spicy food, but since I stay near Kovan, I have plenty of chance to give Nakhon a try. I've been there quite a few times, and also ordered takeaway on a few occasions.
It's probably just me but my favourite is the pineapple fried rice, and they are generous on the fresh pineapples in it and also raisins and my favourite pork floss. The olive fried rice was surprisingly good too! I also tried a few other spicy dishes before, and even though I almost died of the spice, I enjoyed it.
The place is rather small, and the staff are often really busy. The price there is also reasonable for such quality Thai food, and the only problem people always complain about is the queue. The queue is actually only for the seats so if you do not like to wait, I strongly suggest ordering takeaway and you will only have to wait for the food, which is quite fast, and enjoy your authentic Thai food in the comfort of your home!