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NaKorn started with our belief that authentic Thai food should be found not only in Thailand—but here, as well.
Our menu offers a perfect blend of bold flavors with traditional, old-world recipes in a modern presentation. Using only the finest ingredients, we created unique dishes layered with flavors. Our menu is best enjoyed when served family-style, though our portion sizes vary according to the dish. Most of our dishes are best when accompanied by rice.
Evanston, IL 60201
Thai, Contemporary Asian
Hours of Operation:
Monday, and Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Davis & Church
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking by hourly rates. Available: Monday - Friday, 7am to 8pm; Saturday, 7am to 3pm
Two blocks from the Davis Street Metra stop and Davis Purple Line stop
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
NaKorn Ratings and Reviews
We saw NaKorn on the cover of NS Luxury Magazine and had to try it. We started our experience with the grilled octopus (that's what's on NS's cover) and crab cake bites - Muah!! Wonderful. Then we moved on to Kale and Tofu (my wife is vegan) and stuffed cabbages - again both great! Tasted like the mushroom sauce was bred of a basket-full of shrooms. At that point we were so full that we ordered just one entree, the braised short ribs - what a TON of flavor in the little bowl (which we learned was from a Thai family, slow-cook recipe). Everything was complemented by coconut rice (choice of that or brown) and a side order of delectable brussels sprouts. Don't miss this Evanston gem!
I had seen the quaint dining room of NaKorn while driving by, and thought to try it - boy am I glad I did. Mind-bogglingly good. I started with something that at first seemed odd to me - watermelon with cured salmon - but I figured, "eh, why not?" OMG what a great flavor combination, and it was all I could do to just not keep ordering repeats of that one dish and call it a night! I guess it's a historic Thai king delicacy, or something, but why more places don't have dishes like this I don't know! Another thing that struck me about the menu was the variety of tastes this restaurant takes care to serve. There are great options for meat eaters (e.g., pork shank and sirloin), really, really well-though vegetarian options (e.g., tofu and kale, stuffed cabbage), and it seemed like almost everything was either gluten-free or optional gluten-free. Wow, just a lot of thought put into everything. The atmosphere is quaint, comfy and romantic, and they also had some great music on their playlist. Top Notch!
Disappointed. Food lacked flavor (very nice presentation but flavor missing) and quantity of appetizers was very poor too. Service just fair - waitress did not know a lot about the specialty drinks or the food which seemed odd. tables too close together and seating uncomfortable. All in all I'd say not worth the pricetag and nothing that special to warrant the prices.
The restaurant was empty at 8:00 on a Saturday night. The menu had limited options. The two entrees and one appetizer we had were mediocre and expensive. The wine selection was very limited. The server gave us a taste of the chardonnay. It was terrible. We wanted to like this Thai restaurant but will not be going back.
Three friends having dinner pre theatre. All dishes beautiful, tasty creations: Pandan Tapioca Pearl Crackers in tamarind/shrimp sauce, Pan Roasted White Fish with chutney, Lump Crabmeat curry. Cocktails as creative and well prepared as the food. Service super friendly and efficient. Quiet at 6PM. We will be back!
I would have given 5 stars across the board but my meal (duck noodle soup) was just a little light on flavor. Otherwise, the appetizer was great and my guest enjoyed his curry chicken. The service was beyond 5 stars - wonderful wait staff, others came over to see if we needed anything. I will definitely go back - I'd like to eat my way through the whole menu.
Food was unique and very tasty - the chicken app should not be on a bed of raw rice, it sticks to the app and makes for an unpleasant crunch. Service on a Friday night started great and faded as the night went - we had 10 pp and were driving a great check, could have been higher if service had kept up.
I thought the food was good/not great, but the portions were a bit small for the cost and I don't consider myself a big eater. Could have used more veggies or sides. could have used more help with the menu. Cocktail 1 of 5 was great. too expensive for a neighborhood place.
Someone recommended we try NaKorn as we love Thai food and duck dishes. It has also been tough to get in as it is always booked, finally we found a time to try it!
Unfortunately we were not impressed and do not recommend this restaurant. The food was very bland and little to no flavor. The most favorable item was the ginger and lemongrass tea, I do recommend this tea, it was very good.
The duck was over a bowl of broth and had little taste. Seems they really like a lot of sauce or broth as all the dishes were swimming in broth. The coconut pieces had no taste whatsoever. Tasted like soft tofu.
Disappointed in NaKorn, hope they find a way to expand their menu to food that is tastier than it sounds.
Nakorn is a real find. Authentic Thai recipes, but this is high-end Thai, beautifully presented. You won't find the American Thai standards here (no pad thai, mee krob, satay, etc.) but you will find inventive dishes, redolent with ginger, turmeric, tamarind and coconut. The pork shank and the chicken are stand-out entrees; don't miss the pandan tapioca crackers and the shredded brisket appetizers, or the delightful coconut cream pie parfait. Can't wait to go back.
We really enjoyed our dinner on Saturday at NaKorn! Both of us love Thai food, and the cuisine was a very original and different than the run of the mill Thai food in the Chicago / Evanston area. The menu was brief, but all of the dishes were executed flawlessly. We each had a craft cocktail and a glass of wine. If I had one criticism, it was a little loud for having dinner conversation. But the food was great, and the service was fantastic.
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