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“Great atmosphere, insipid, tasteless food” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Narai Asian Cuisine

Narai Asian Cuisine
Ranked #198 of 343 Restaurants in Olympia
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Seattle, Washington
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98 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, insipid, tasteless food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

I read about Narai Asian Cuisine on TripAdvisor and a friend and I decided to try it this past Sunday evening. When we walked into the restaurant, the atmosphere was lively and the decor inviting. Most tables were full.

The extensive menus was interesting - but unfortunately, the bland food did not live up to expectations (or to reviews we read). The young female waitress, whose English language was limited, was unable to recommend or make suggestions about dishes.

We opted for a red curry made with coconut milk, with chicken, and specifically asked for it to be "spicy," and also a vegetable dish with garlic sauce - also spicy - accompanied by brown rice. When the curry arrived - yellow colored broth-like liquid in a small tureen - we should have asked if there was a mistake since we ordered a red curry. But we were hungry and had waited awhile for the food.

The liquid yellow "curry" was tasteless - not spicy and had no coconut milk flavor. There were a few small bamboo pieces, a couple of tiny vegetables and small bits of chicken in the "soup." Usually, curry sauces are not broth-like consistency - but are creamier - especially if made with coconut milk. In other restaurants, a chicken curry dish has a real piece of chicken or two - not tiny shreds of chicken pieces. This dish really had no flavor.

The vegetables in garlic sauce were the same: flavorless, bland quality. It seems like this restaurant boils or sautes lots of little vegetables then puts them in the various dishes on the menu. So they are not crunchy or tasty but are overcooked.

At nearby tables, the non-Asian customers seemed to all be eating similar dishes of the same bland vegetables.

What a disappointment Narai Asian cuisine turned out to be. I was very surprised that so many diners filled the place. But maybe that's because it was Olympia, WA - far from being a culinary capitol.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
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English first
Olympia, Washington
Level Contributor
33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Narai curries are the best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

We are always satisfied with our meals at Narai. Portions are great, service is always terrific. Prices are very reasonable, and bathroom is clean!

Visited August 2013
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Thank Baruoon
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Olympia, Washington
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Superb Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

Absolutely wonderful food, excellant service and reasonable prices - what more could you ask for in an eatery?

Visited August 2013
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Thank hrgeek
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Olympia, Washington
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394 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Always good.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

I think this is the #1 best restaurant in my hometown. I have tried at least 1/2 of the menu items and have never been disappointed.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WhirledTraveler4Peas
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Olympia, Washington
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Consistantly Good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

This is one of my favorite places to eat. The food is always fresh and the flavors wonderful. We eat Thai at least once a week and the choices are consistant so you know it'll be great. The owners aim to please, so will make the selection to your taste. .

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RejoiceWay
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