Do’nut Worry Be Happy

Nara Kitchen & Co, Cafe in Uptown Damansara

Words: Louise Miller     Photos: Monica Tindall

As we step over the threshold of Nara Kitchen & Co, we are immediately struck by a happy vibe! The place is buzzing with the throng of convivial chatter. Pretty pastel crepe fringes and circular fans adorn the clean white walls intensifying the cheery brightness of the place.

Nara Kitchen & Co
Nara Kitchen & Co
Nara Kitchen & Co
Nara Kitchen & Co
Clean Eats

The eatery’s objective is to provide ‘clean eats that are nutritional yet bursting with flavour.’ Celebrating their second anniversary this August, the team at Nara Kitchen & Co have recently revamped the menu to keep things fresh and exciting so we’re here to try out some of their new additions.

Drinks at Nara Kitchen & Co

We begin with beverages: The Strawberry Mint Spritzer (RM13) and the Pandan Lychee Cooler (RM13). Both were both as fruity and thirst-quenching as their names suggest. The Spritzer provided a reviving fruity fizz that was addictively tasty and the Cooler struck the perfect balance between the vanilla-like flavour of pandan leaves with the floral notes of lychee.

Nara Kitchen & Co
Strawberry Mint Spritzer – Our Fave on the Drinks List
Nara Kitchen & Co
Pandan Lychee Cooler

Since Nara offers a range of Mojitos (RM27) with a great three for the price of two offer, it would have been foolish not to try one! We enjoyed the Lychee Mojito which was refreshing. The list of five further flavours was already offering reasons to return and we hadn’t even begun to sample the food menu.

Nara Kitchen & Co
Lychee Mojito
Breakfast

We begin our food fest by diving head first into the extensive all day breakfast menu. Waffle Benedict (RM26) saw several interesting twists on the brekkie classic. The spinach, eggs and hollandaise remain but the rest is evidence of Nara Kitchen’s innovative fusion flare. Accompanying the poached eggs atop the buttermilk waffles were fried prawns drizzled with a Korean chilli sauce all sprinkled with salty egg yolk crumble – a tasty and certainly very original interpretation of one of my breakfast faves!

Nara Kitchen & Co
Waffle Benedict

Breakfast Truffle Don (RM19) offered a super comforting bowl of rice topped with perfectly soft scrambled eggs, ikuri (salmon roe) and nori fukikake (a seaweed and sesame seed seasoning). The combination of flavours were heavenly and lifted further by the soothing earthy notes of truffle oil. Ah, I am smiling now as I remember savouring this like a warm foodie hug. I would return to Nara Kitchen for this dish alone.

Nara Kitchen & Co
Breakfast Truffle Don
Mains

Departing from the breakfast menu now, we tucked into Duck Mango Salad (RM27).  The  crispiness of both the duck confit and fried noodles contrasted beautifully with the sweet softness of mangos. Ribbons of carrot weaved amongst the other ingredients and glistened with a yuzu vinaigrette that cut through the richness of the meat.

Nara Kitchen & Co
Duck Mango Salad

Chef’s Classic Tomato Bolognaise (RM19) with a XXL Chicken Meatball (RM10) followed. This was  a generous mound of tangled spaghetti coated in a rich a tomatoey sauce topped with a huge succulent and flavourful chicken meatball – everything you could want from a pasta dish and more! Both Monica and Caning claimed this as their favourite. We had yet to try the desserts though and judging by the many plates of towering sweet things that had wafted past our table throughout the meal, I knew that Nara Kitchen’s high standards were unlikely to waver here.

Nara Kitchen & Co
Tomato Bolognaise with XXL Chicken Meatball
Dessert at Nara Kitchen & Co

We began our sweet course by indulging in a slice of my very favourite –  Carrot Cake. Three layers of moist and light cake sandwiched a tangy cream cheese frosting. We tucked in with glee, savouring every delicious mouthful – this was so very good!

Nara Kitchen & Co
Carrot Cake

Our final dish, humorously named Do’nut Worry Be Happy (RM19) was a breathtaking doughnut tower certain to instil happiness in any sweet toothed diner. Drizzled in peanut butter and dark chocolate sauce, the double doughnut stack was crowned with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and accessorised with teddy cookies, red velvet brittle and a waffle stick – a showstopper for sure!

Nara Kitchen & Co
Do’nut Worry Be Happy
A Happy Coincidence?

We were very impressed by Nara Kitchen. Not just for its food which was both innovative and tasty but for  its bright and happy ambience. Before leaving, I asked Caroline Lai, one of the owners about the meaning of ‘Nara’. She told me that she and business partner, Andrew Tan had just liked the sound of the name. When checking on google, they discovered that it’s Greek meaning is actually ‘happy’! A happy coincidence? We think so!

Reasons to visit: A friendly and cheerful ambience, Breakfast Truffle Don, Chef’s Classic Tomato Bolognaise with XXL Chicken Meatball, Mojitos and good value for money.

Nara Kitchen & Co
61, SS21/1A, Damansara Uptown
47400 Petaling Jaya
Malaysia
+60 37733 5897
http://narawithlove.com/

Opening hours:
Closed on Tuesdays.
Mon, Wed-Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm-10:30pm
Weekends: 10am – 10:30pm

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17 Comments

  1. I have to run at least 20 laps after eating Do’nut Worry Be Happy. 😉

  2. The carrot cake looks great 🙂

  3. Not crazy about donuts but would love to try that Do’nut Worry Be Happy. Love the play of words in the name!

  4. Bright and very white place. ^^

    Ooo. Lychee mojito. I would love that. I make mint mojito once a while and I love how refreshing the drink is. So I think I would enjoy lychee mojito as well.

    Oh my. Do’nut worry be happy dessert was so tempting. Nice way to end a meal.

  5. I do like to try their XXL Chicken Meat Ball

  6. I love the kitchen, and yes, the carrot cake looks divine!

  7. Oh, I’d sure enjoy a warming bowl of Breakfast Truffle Don with my favourite condiment….furikake! 😉

  8. Oh it looks like one could a lease gain 5 pounds with the frist photo.
    Coffee is on

  9. I would enjoy the Pandan Lychee Cooler I am sure, Lychee’s are something I miss in France, we rarely see them 🙁
    I find rice for breakfast strange, as to me it has always been in a main meal or even a pudding. I am not a donut fan but I love carrot cake. That reminds me, time to make another one with all the carrots we have. The last one I did was carrot and pineapple, very yummy.
    Happy day, cheers Diane

  10. Thanks for a peek into Nara Kitchen & Co. I walk past this place many times while running my errands but somehow I was quite intimidated by the menu and clinical appearance of the decor. I guess I am wrong. The food looks marvelous and I have to make a point to step in and have a taste myself!

  11. That chicken meatball is huge! Nestled nicely on the pasta, I’m sure my boys will love it. As for me, I’d love to have the Duck Mango Salad.

  12. Everything looks so delicious.

  13. The final dish looks such a lot of fun, just looking at it and enjoying its title makes me smile.

  14. Waffle Benedict looks good, for weekend brunch 🙂

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