LOVE this restaurant. I have been multiple times now and I have loved everything that I have tried..(some favorites were the Taro Chicken, Crab Cake Bites, White Fish Filet, and Thai Tea Creme Brulee). The decor is beautiful and the food presentation is stunning. Cannot wait to go back again.
Great value and very delicate food. I love the design of the plate and also the design of the restaurant atmosphere
Love NaKorn! Not a Pad Thai in sight. Wonderfully creative food with homemade sodas that are delicious!
All dishes were too sweet! Although they did look pretty when they came out.
The branzino is my all-time favorite. It is amazing that a whole fish could be deboned and fried to perfection with wonderful flavors and still retain the shape of a whole fish. The crab bites are also really good.
This was my 3rd visit, and each has been better than the one before. Interesting and creative menu. Satisfying in every way.
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!
All three people in the party thought all five dishes that we ordered was tasteless, dull and little amount for the dollar. We agreed not to go back there again.
save yourself the trip, terrible food and horrible service, stay away
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 food was amazing! It's Thai fine dining. The ambience is modern, but noise level was quiet. Their sign was discreet, so I almost walked past it. Thank goodness for google maps.
Excellent food, authentic flavors and cuisine. One of our favorite Thai restaurants!! Can't wait to return. Everything was tasty , fresh and full of traditional Thai flavors
The food is exceptional - modern, flavorful Thai. The presentations are spectacular. Really next level. Don't come here thinking it's your average Thai restaurant. It's special.
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.
This was my first time at the restaurant. The food was superb and the customer service was outstanding. My only critic is that the items are very expensive for what you get. I would suggest lowering prices a bit to match the value.
excellent! gourmet Thai, wonderful unexpected beautiful presentation of dishes, delicious, understated but cool and authentic decor. good service. such a great addition to the Evanston restaurant scene, and so different from your average Thai place.
The branzino is amazing. Service is always attentive and friendly. This is not a typical Thai restaurant but the food is very authentic.
We liked the space and the service was attentive and friendly but, unfortunately, the food was mediocre.
I really enjoyed an opportunity to try real Thai food. After having traveled to Thailand a few times, I appreciate the difference. The food was well presented and really delicious.
This was our first visit. The food was excellent but the portions were small for the price. The cocktail menu was fun. Service was also very good. It would be nice if they noted on the menu which dishes were spicy.
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.
Very disappointed with service and quality of food considering the amount we paid. No typical Thai dishes that we normally see on a menus in the Chicago & metro area.
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.
Absolutely unique and incredibly delicious Thai. Can't wait to return to try the rest of the menu
Our 2d visit and just as good this time. Brought friends and they loved it too.
Wonderful, creative food! Service could not have been more helpful or knowledgeable!
Everything was flavorful!
From the sea scallops to the sea bass to the black sticky rice pudding dessert everything was great!
delicious food, small portions, good place for a date.
We were seated quickly but after that things were very slow. We waited long for our server, for the appetizer and the meal. The food was good but a little overpriced in my opinion.
My husband loves Thai food so we thought we would try it. The food was not what we expected as it is more traditional Thai than "American" thai. However, the food was good and the homemade fruit drinks were tasty.
Delicious, authentic Thai food paired with excellent service in a beautiful room!
We had the restaurant week menu and tried everything. My favorites are the tapioca chips, taro chicken, crab meat with rice noodles, Amish chicken and black sticky rice dessert.
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.
Very good food
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.