Narai Asian Cuisine


Olympia has a decent Thai-food scene. The Lemon Grass is a perennial local favorite, and while we “might not find it as great as some”/the-lemon-grass, we certainly like it, and Far East is a Team OlyCOOL™ Pick. Narai, meanwhile, was a restaurant we hadn’t tried until now, and I have to say: this could be a contender.

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We sampled the Phad Thai as well as the orange stir-fry. One mild, the other hot.

The stir fry came out quite well, though the spice level could have benefited from a swift kick. Calling it spicy would be using a bit of a misnomer.

That aside, it was still a flavorful dish. The citrus came through well, and the vegetables were fresh. Water chestnuts are welcomed in pretty much any meal, and here they had a good bite. The same went for the snow peas, and the broccoli had absorbed the sauce well.

Pro tip: Get a side of peanut sauce. Orange sauce mixed with peanut butter is a nigh-unbeatable combination. You will thank me.

The Phad Thai also passed with high marks. The noodles were well cooked, and even though it was ordered mild, the dish still had a bit of a zing to it. I can’t help but wonder if they stuck with a 2 out of 4 stars for everything.

That’s all short and sweet, I suppose, but why get too flowery? Narai does its thing well. We consider it a competitor to Far East. That’s a good thing, and we’d fully support a slap-fight down to the bone between them to find which one ranks supreme.