Nakhon Kitchen

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try the pandan chicken
Overall Score 
 
4.0
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.

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Average Spent Per Person:
12
Best Part:
Pandan Chicken, Phad Thai
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Yes
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Budget option in a pricey area
Overall Score 
 
4.0
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.
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Delicious Lunch
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
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

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Average Spent Per Person:
33
Branch Location:
Hougang
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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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:
Yes
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Efficient Service, Yummy Food
Overall rating 
 
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!
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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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Worth queuing for!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.5
Overall Score 
 
4.0
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.

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Average Spent Per Person:
10
Best Part:
Fried Pork with Garlic
Branch Location:
Bedok
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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Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Good Affordable Thai Food
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
2.5
Value 
 
4.5
Overall Score 
 
3.5
I'm not an extreme fan of foreign cuisine, so when I was first dragged along by my family to Nakhon Kitchen, I was quite hesitant. After trying the food, I soon realised my apprehension was for nought - the food is pretty good. I never expected myself to fully embrace foreign cuisines until trying the food here. Honestly, I'm not sure how authentic they are as Thai cuisines. After all, cultures get commoditised over time. All I can say is that if authentic Thai food tastes like what I've eaten, I'd be a fan of Thai food.

My family ordered pineapple rice, honey chicken, Tom Yum soup, braised toufu, sambal kang kong and mango sticky rice, all of which do not have a distinct taste that is different from our local offerings, at least not that I can distinguish. That said, they are really good and I enjoy them. Considering that other Thai restaurants are much more expensive and have less savoury offerings, Nakhon Kitchen has my vote for the value for money.

As for service, it is a different story. The service is mediocre at best - waiting times for requests, food and our table are long and service crews have a perpetual frown on their faces. There's an apparent shortage of workers and I can empathise with the existing workers doing their best to make up for the shortage. All in all, I recommend Nakhon Kitchen for those who can put up with substandard service for good food at compelling prices, like myself. Otherwise, you're better off eating elsewhere.

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Average Spent Per Person:
8
Best Part:
Food standard
Branch Location:
Kovan
Recommend to Friend:
No
Mango Sticky Rice
Braised Toufu
Pineapple Rice
Honey Chicken
Nakhon Kitchen
Sambal Kang Kong
Tom Yum Soup
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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.

Optional Information:

Average Spent Per Person:
10
Branch Location:
Kovan
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
Clockwise from left: Tom Ka Soup, Pandan Leaf Chicken, Jungle Curry & Fried Pork with Garlic
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