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Nagara Thai Gold, City Square Mall: “It will bring you back to the raucous streets of Thailand.”

Last Updated: April 14, 2021

Written by Nicole Lam

When it comes to Thai food, I have to admit I do have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with it. Don’t get me wrong; I’d never say no to a piquant bowl of tom yum goong or spicy plate of pad kra pow (pork and basil rice). However, the sheer ubiquity of Thai restaurants has made it more difficult to find a Thai restaurant worth their weight in mango salad. That is until I found Nagara Thai Gold in City Square Mall.

Nagara Thai is certainly no new kid on the block. With two outlets in Toa Payoh and Ang Mo Kio, if there was anyone that knows Thai food, it would be Nagara Thai. And if you’re looking for more of a treat, then Nagara Thai Gold, their flagship outlet in City Square Mall, is perfect. With more exclusive dishes, Nagara Thai Gold is sure to soothe any wanderlust you have for Thailand.

What I tried 

Plate of four Prawn Cake pieces

I reckon any good Thai meal begins with a couple of moreish sides, such as the Prawn Cake (S$15). These are chubby, irregularly shaped golden pucks stuffed with minced prawn and served with a sticky, sweet sauce.

Now, usually, appetisers behave more like the reliable calefare in your ensemble of Thai food, but these Prawn Cakes were the star that afternoon.

Fork dipping Prawn Cake into sweet sauce

A thin and crunchy exterior with a thick, prawn-y centre and finished with that sweet and spicy sauce—it’s a chef’s kiss, alright.

Spoon ladling Tom Yum Nam Kun

Like any good Thai meal, it’s not complete without a serving of Tom Yum Nam Kun (Seafood) (S$12). Well, tom yum anything is always good, whether you have the one with evaporated milk or the clear one. However, to find one that strikes a balance between being tangy and spicy are few and far between.

Ladle with prawn in the Tom Yum Nam Kun

Well, Nagara Thai’s Tom Yum Nam Kun is everything you’ll want in your tom yum. It’s the sweat-bullets-kind-of-spicy and comes with generous servings of prawns. A sip of this, and you’re hooked. Amidst my matted brow and flushed cheeks, I greedily reached for another serving of that vermillion gold.

Claypot Tanghoon With Prawns

I know Phad Thai is everyone’s go-to order at any Thai restaurant, but if you do see the Claypot Tanghoon With Prawns (S$15) on the menu, I urge you to order it too.

Lifting shot of Claypot Tanghoon

Here is the magic of the Claypot Tanghoon; the springy rice vermicelli is allowed to stew in a fragrant, peppery sauce along with the prawns, so all those flavours are intensified. Plus, as someone who loves her pasta ultra-al dente, I greatly appreciated how these noodles don’t ever get soggy.

Thai Style Pork Knuckle

For those still feeling ravenous, I suggest you take up the Thai Style Pork Knuckle (S$10 for half portion, S$15 for full portion). A glorious plate of tender braised pork accompanied with braised eggs is undoubtedly a sight for sore eyes. Braised for long hours until the meat and fat practically fall apart, all you need is this be ladled over a steaming plate of rice, and it will bring you back to the raucous streets of Thailand.

Crispy Grouper With Signature Thai Sweet Chilli

Aah, now we’ve reached the pièce de résistance of Nagara Thai Gold. The Crispy Grouper With Signature Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce (S$28) arrives on my table like the diva it knows it is.

A wonderfully fried grouper came fins all akimbo, blanketed in Thai sweet chilli sauce with chunky pineapples. I have to say; fish is somewhat of a wildcard. A little too affordably priced, and you know it’s not the freshest catch of the day. At the same time, not everyone can shell out a small inheritance for their fish.

Nagara Thai Gold 13

Here, the fish is fresh, flaky and sweet. You get the crunch from fried skin and the syrupy spice from Thai sweet chilli. I’m not usually one for fish, but I was scouring the plate for those last morsels of fish like a starved cat. For the price, I’d say you get more than your money’s worth.

Deep-fried Honey Chicken

As a final crowd-pleaser, I had the Deep-fried Honey Chicken (S$9). Like an evergreen pop song, this Deep-fried Honey Chicken hit all the right notes. I did enjoy the depth honey offers as a sauce as opposed to the pedestrian sweet sauce.

Final thoughts

I left Nagara Thai feeling satisfied and full. It’s true, many Thai restaurants pepper our sunny Singapore, but few do leave you feeling like you’ve made a quick pit stop in Bangkok.

Nagara Thai Gold certainly doesn’t put on airs, something you want in your friendly neighbourhood Thai restaurant. If you ever have a craving for Thai food, you know where to go.

Expected damage: S$8 – S$28 per pax

*This post is brought to you in partnership with Nagara Thai Gold.

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Nagara Thai Gold

180 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall, #02-23/24, Singapore 208539

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Nagara Thai Gold

180 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall, #02-23/24, Singapore 208539

Telephone: +65 6257 0288
Operating Hours: 11.30am - 9.30pm (Daily)
Telephone: +65 6257 0288

Operating Hours: 11.30am - 9.30pm (Daily)

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