Nakhon Kitchen

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Worth the queue
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4.0
I went to Nakhon Kitchen for a family dinner with my relatives, and the one thing that struck me when I arrived was the ridiculously long queue. Housed in the heartlands, Nakhon Kitchen serves a wide array of Thai food, and there always seems to be a queue for the restaurant, even on weekdays, a good indication of the quality of this restaurant.

The food at Nakhon Kitchen is above average, and the prices are relatively cheap, compared to other Thai restaurants.

One of the most memorable dishes would be the honey chicken, which is sweet and tender, and goes well with white rice. Another dish to try would be the Pandan Leaves Chicken, in which chicken pieces are wrapped in pandan leaves then cooked, lending the chicken a nice aroma when unwrapped.

However, the portions of the dishes served at Nakhon Kitchen can be dreadfully small, so I would recommend customers to either get two sets of the same dish or order a greater variety of dishes.

The service at Nakhon Kitchen is efficient as well, and the staff tries their best to serve the food up as quickly as possible (you can actually see their effort from their sweat-stained shirts).

Nakhon Kitchen has never disappointed me, with both its good service and delicious food. If you're keen on having a satiating Thai meal, Nakhon Kitchen is a must-try.

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Tasty & Affordable Thai food
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Nakhon Kitchen, which started its first outlet at Kovan, has grown in popularity over the last few years. Staying around the same area, I have tried the food there for 3 times on different occasions. I can vouch that the standard of the food has remained consistent.

The must-tries at Nakhon Kitchen are: Pandan Leaf Chicken, Tom Yam Soup and Fried pork with garlic. The Pandan Leaf Chicken is a good appetizer to start your meal with; the chicken meat is still succulent despite it being barbequed and has that subtle Pandan fragrance. The Tom Yam Soup has the sweetness that is quite close to what you will taste if you were to taste original Thai food. However, it can be a bit too spicy. If you want to go for a milder option, you can also order the Tom Ka Soup (Tom yam soup with coconut milk).

One type of food to avoid at Nakhon Kitchen is their Thai Curry. I have tried all their different types of curry, such as Green Curry and Jungle Curry. I must say that their curry have been disappointing. They either taste too bland, like the Green Curry, or they taste too spicy such that the whole taste of the curry is lost, just like the Jungle Curry.

Those looking for dessert at Nakhon can try their Red Ruby. It is not too sweet and is a good option to conclude your meal with.

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Average Spent Per Person:
10
Branch Location:
Kovan
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Clockwise from left: Tom Ka Soup, Pandan Leaf Chicken, Jungle Curry & Fried Pork with Garlic
KM
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Its so spicy yet so delicious
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3.5
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3.5
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3.0
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3.0
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3.5
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3.5
Just a stone throw away from Kovan MRT station is this hidden find of authentic and spicy Thai food. It is one of the best thai food i have ever eaten and the prices are defintely reasonable. The must orders include tom yum soup, pandan chicken, and phad thai! However, the portions are relatively meagre so it is encouraged for at least 2 dish 1 soup for 2 pax. But for the good taste and price, i wont complain at all!

Nakhon kitchen is relatively small so it may accomodate only about 10 tables at a time. Queues will start forming from 6.30pm so please come earlier if you do not wish to wait
JH
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Good Quality, Tasty Thai Dishes, But Not Worth The Wait
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3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
2.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
3.5
In any discussion about where to find the best Thai food in Singapore, Nakhon Kitchen always comes up. Having built their reputation for serving tasty, authentic Thai dishes with fresh ingredients at reasonably low prices, Nakhon Kitchen commands a constant queue of diners waiting to get in on a daily basis.

Ambience at Nakhon Kitchen is simple, rustic, and functional. People don't come here for ambience after all... They come for the food. However, I do like that they provide complimentary tissue paper (toilet rolls actually) on every table. Decor is minimal, though suitably Thai inspired. Prepare for a slightly warm, noisy dining environment.

Service at Nakhon Kitchen is brusque but efficient. Don't expect to get much conversation out of the staff. As most of the staff are Thai, expect to converse in either English or Thai with them. Because this place is constantly packed, expect to wait about 10 - 15 minutes for your food, even after being seated. And to be seated, you'll first have to queue for about 20 - 30 minutes. This 'queue to get in' is actually part of Nakhon Kitchen marketing strategy, purposefully implemented by the owners.

Food at Nakhon Kitchen is fantastic, with authentic Thai flavours. Expect each dish to have the Thai combination of sweet, salty, spicy and sour flavours, fresh ingredients, and great taste. Some dishes though, are simply much better than others. However, presentation of most dishes is rather lacking. I also like that prices are reasonably cheap here as compared to other Thai restaurants.

Overall, Nakhon Kitchen is an excellent place for Thai food. But I personally feel that sometimes, it is over hyped. While I don't mind waiting up to 30 minutes for the food, anything longer isn't worth the time and effort. If you really must dine at Nakhon Kitchen, I would recommend visiting just before they open (11.40am or 5.10pm), or way after the normal dining hours (2.30pm or 9.30pm).

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14
Mango With Glutinous Rice
Minced Pork Basil
Green Curry Chicken
Thai Fish Cake
Tom Yum Seafood Soup
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Authentic thai food in the heartlands
(Updated: April 29, 2012)
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Nakhon is an unassuming restaurant with great authentic thai food in the heartlands. It's probably obvious from the long queue, even on weekday nights, how popular this restaurant is. It's recommended you go slightly earlier than the usual dinner time for a shorter wait. Although, service is pretty fast in this restaurant and you usually would be able to get a seat in about 20 minutes during dinnertime.

The tom yam soup is a bowl of fire. It looks deceptively mild but once you start drinking it, you'll be clamouring for water. Even a chilli lover like me found it too spicy to drink much of the soup. One bowl of soup can be shared among 4 and still be sufficient. If you're going for the tom yam, I would usually order a Thai iced tea. It is refreshing and great for cooling burning tongues although it may get too sweet sometimes.

The basil chicken or basil seafood is simply delicious and goes very well with white rice. For sides, the boneless chicken is a great choice. Stuffed with chicken meat and the right amount of herbs, this dish is like no other I've tried.

Service is prompt and very friendly (most are Thais). It's always a pleasure to dine there for a simple meal of seriously good Thai cuisine.
J
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Efficient Service, Yummy Food
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.5
Overall Score 
 
4.0
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!
SF
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Yummy & affordable Thai food
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.5
Overall Score 
 
4.0
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.

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Average Spent Per Person:
9
Best Part:
The food!!
Branch Location:
Pasir Panjang/Holland Village
Recommend to Friend:
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Go for the tom yum soup!!
(Updated: October 21, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
2.5
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
4.0
There's a Thai eatery called Nakhon near Kovan MRT that my friends and I like to frequent usually only at the end of exams since it's far from NUS/NTU. We used to have lunch there during our JC days so it brings back fond memories. Their thick tom yum soup is so full of flavour, being sour, sweet and spicy all at once. However, during our last visit, we ordered cereal prawns, not a good choice I would say since it's a Thai eatery. It came with a huge pile of cereals but only 5 prawns or so. The prawns were not fresh but oh well, we'd still come back for the affordable tom yum and phad thai any day. Be prepared to work up a sweat since the food is so spicy and there's no air conditioning. Tissue is provided at every table though. My advice, stick to the Thai food and don't be too adventurous to order Chinese food here.

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
Best Part:
Tom yum soup
Branch Location:
Kovan
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Will be back for more!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.5
Overall Score 
 
4.0
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.

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Branch Location:
Kovan
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Takeaway to avoid queue!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
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!

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LS
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