Nana

Oh Nana, what’s my name?

Hello friends.  I’m back!  It’s been a long time! Likely because I became a finacée just over two months ago (yay!) so my obsession with food was put on hold for my obsession with finding a wedding venue.  Haven’t booked anything yet, but we’ve found the one…I think.  Anyway, I’ve been trying to figure out why it’s so hard for me to find time to blog, and I think it’s mainly because it’s super time-consuming.  And then I realized, I’m more of a picture person and I’m drawn to pieces with small paragraphs/sections of writing rather than long, drawn out pieces, so shouldn’t I format my blog that way?  So I’m going to break my posts into what really matters (if I’m missing anything, suggestions are welcome)!  I figure now is a good time to write about Nana as the new location of their sister restaurant Khao San Road is under construction across the street from my condo (another yay!), so I would think traffic to Nana has increased because of that.

Vibe

Your favourite stall at a Thai night market, complete with flyered walls and slightly uncomfortable seating.  You’ll be dining in close quarters, so be prepared to share your table with strangers!

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the bar
Taste

If the usual Thai fare is what you seek, then you’re better off ordering that pad thai elsewhere, because Nana’s offerings are for the more adventurous type.  When we first stumbled upon Nana (literally) during its soft opening, I was so excited to see dishes I’ve never seen before.

The southern fried chicken laab is amazing, it’s got a certain tanginess to it that I haven’t tasted in any other dish.  I love trying new things, so instead of ordering my usual khao soi, I ordered the boat noodle soup and had zero regrets!  The beef blood offered the richness I was craving and the cinnamon and star anise gave it some earthiness. Again, it tasted like nothing I’ve ever had before!  And with three types of beef, I did not go home hungry!

Andrew ordered the kua gling pork ribs and was pretty disappointed, he felt like he could have made a better dish at home.  I’d have to agree with him on this one.  It was pretty basic compared to the other plates we ordered, not nearly as complex as its list of ingredients made it sound.  I enjoyed the crispy/chewy texture of the roti dessert we ordered, but I forgot to ask what the secret ingredient was!  My guess is mung bean paste…can anyone confirm this?!

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southern fried chicken laab (a fusion of crispy southern style fried chicken with northeastern Thai flavours of fresh mint, shallots, toasted rice, coriander, citrus and chili)
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kuay teaw rua nua (boat noodle soup with beef:  originally served off boats on canals in central Thailand — rice noodles served in a broth of house-made chicken stock seasoned with earthy spices of cinnamon, star anise and finished with beef blood for richness, topped with braised beef shank, sliced beef, beef balls, scallions, sweet Thai basil and toasted garlic)
Presentation

No over the top plating here, which is very much in line with their street food theme.

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kua gling ka duk moo (kua gling pork ribs) and kuay teaw rua nua (boat noodle soup with beef)
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kua gling ka duk moo (kua gling pork ribs:  tender stewed pork ribs infused with kua gling, a southern red curry, featuring the flavours of lemongrass, tumeric, peppercorn, garlic, galangal, kaffir lime, shrimp paste, chili and coconut milk)
Portion

I think the food here is portioned perfectly, not too big and not too small.  If you had a larger group you’d have no problem ordering a bunch of items for sharing.

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roti babi pi set (“special” roti:  buttered roti dough, cooked and folded with a secret ingredient)
Price

The menu is fairly priced, similar to what you would expect at other popular Thai restaurants in Toronto.

Service

I found our server to be moderately friendly (not trying to be our new best friend, but also not rude in any way).  When we were there during the soft opening, the owner was very interactive and eager for feedback.  What I appreciated most was the detailed menu with full descriptions of every item, which helps alleviate some of the guesswork when eating foreign foods.


website

http://www.stnnana.com/main/

address

785 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON  M6J 1G1

hours

Wednesday & Thursday:  6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday:  6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday:  5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday:  5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

reservations

Yes

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