Out & About: Parents’ Day with Nara Kitchen and Ketchup

The month of May and June have always been special days for all mothers and fathers alike as we celebrate our love for our mothers and fathers. This year, I’ve been blessed to be able to spend more time with both my parents on those respective days. But to make things sweeter, I entered a contest organised by KetchUp a few months back, to be in the running to dine at one of the restaurants partnered up with KetchUp. One of the restaurants is Nara Kitchen & Co, which I fell in love with since I stepped into the place when they first opened!

As it turned out, I won the contest (yay!) and the team KetchUp have selected Nara Kitchen & Co for me to dine in with my parents! I was pretty chuffed that we’ll be dining at such a lovely place with really gooooooood yummy food, and I have my parents to share the dining experience with. Of course, on top of it, I get to spend time with my food bloggers parents. If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you should do so now. My mom blogs at FollowMeToEatLa and dad blogs at BestRestaurantToEat, show them some love!

It was indeed an amazing dining experience at Nara Kitchen & Co, the food was healthy and wholesome (just as how I remember it when I first visited). This time around Caroline, the owner of Nara Kitchen & Co was there too, and she recommended a few of her delicious, favourite food to us too! But really, it wasn’t just the food that made the experience a memorable one but kudos to KetchUp’s team for planning a surprise during the lunch! I managed to surprise my parents with flowers and chocolates. Even Daddy got a bouquet of flowers and chocolates too!

Thank you KetchUp and Nara Kitchen & Co for the experience and celebration with my parents. Nothing can quite compare to spending quality time and bonding with my parents. :) By the way, KetchUp have also recorded a video of the lunch. You can watch the video of it here, excuse my awkward voice :p KetchUp Parent's Day @ Nara Kitchen & Co.

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If you’re curious on the food we had, I took some lovely pictures of the food served to us. Most of them were recommended by Ms Caroline of Nara Kitchen & Co, so you can be sure that they are delicious and probably is one of the best sellers of the restaurant.

Big Belly | RM 26.00

Daddy was deceived by the word belly in the dish and was expecting pork belly salad. Instead, this gorgeous mix of white organic quinoa, fresh mint, roasted beets, orange wedges, kyuri (a Japanese cucumber) paired with homemade hummus and then topped with miso vinaigrette.

Brilliant Breakfast Pudding | RM 17.00

When this arrived, the inner child in me was going “This is such a cute food, I just want to dig right in to it!”. I managed to get a quick photograph of it before I tried this cutesy food. It’s actually a rice pudding made with fresh vanilla milk, then topped with poached apricots, toasted almonds, fresh mangos, red orange zest and edible flowers!

Soup of The Day | RM 18.00

This was the Soup of The Day, which is actually a creamy broccoli soup with a truffle and cream drizzle. There is a little added surprise in the soup too because there were slices of sausages in our soup too! The soup of the day changes everyday, so do ask on the daily specials before you place your order. If it happens to be broccoli, you should give it a try because I love it to bits. I think this is something everyone should try at least once. It’s unique to have it cooked the creamy soup style.

Nara Donburi | RM 36.00

THIS, right here… is why I fell in love with Nara Kitchen & Co. The egg in the Nara Donburi is the 63 degrees egg cooked to perfection and topped with ikura (salmon’s roe), served with torched salmon, miso zucchini with truffle mayo shredded seaweed on top of sticky Japanese rice. The rice has an accompanying sauce, which can be quite overwhelming when there is too much of it. So be sure, to let the waiter know you’ll prefer less sauce. You can always ask for more sauce to add on if it’s insufficient.

  Pink Lobster Salmon Pasta | RM 61.00

I remember coming across a picture of this on Nara Kitchen & Co’s Instagram page (@NaraWithLove) and told myself that I have to give this a try one day! This is pasta is served with grilled lobster meat alongside with salmon chunks cooked in creamy tomato sauce topped with sundried tomato, parmesan and cilantro. The lobster is oh-la-la fresh, and juicy to chew one. Just can’t get enough of it. The portion of the mains are quite huge as you can see above, so best to share with friends! Not to mention, that they are really very generous with their servings!

Seared Duck with Squid Ink Pasta | RM 49.00

When I first saw the name of dish on the menu, I actually thought it was a squid ink sauce paste. However, it arrived in a creamy primavera sauce and then I realised that in the description, it is stated that it’s a cream sauce pasta! It’s just that the pasta used is the squid ink linguine. So the pasta is served with seared duck breast in five spices, shimeji mushrooms, cherry tomato and topped with alfalfa sprouts. This dish is quite creamy on its own, so if you were to order, just one cream sauce based for the main dish would be sufficient.

If you realise we actually had two main cream based dishes and that actually left us feeling slightly bloated. We were so so stuffed after all the dishes above, so we didn’t have desserts!

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All in all, it is such an amazing experience dining at Nara Kitchen & Co and to be back there again, with my parents. Completely honest, I’m guilty for not spending enough time with my parents especially with the demands of my work and trying to balance my social life too. So, it’s really great to bond over good wholesome, comfort food at Nara Kitchen & Co. A huge thank you once again to KetchUp’s team and Ms Caroline, Nara Kitchen & Co!

Till next time,

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