Samui Wining & Dining
Pure authenticity and more at Noori India.

Pure authenticity and more at Noori India.You have arrived in Samui, sampled a selection of Thai dishes, but what you suddenly hanker after is some really authentic and satisfying Indian food. Luckily for you, in the heart of Chaweng, you will find Noori India, the longest running Indian restaurant on Samui. Noori India has the taste, the atmosphere and just that extra bit of pizzazz.


Desh Deepak, more commonly known as D.D., is the very charismatic, charming and knowledgeable general manager. He has accumulated a wealth of food, beverage, organisation and training knowledge through managing some of India’s top hotels. He went on to open the first Indian restaurant in Mongolia, and then taught in various hotel training schools in Jaipur, northern India. His university education also gifted him a flawless use of the English language, and he loves to use it discussing philosophy. If you get the chance to have a chat with him, take it. He has some very interesting and comical life observations and experiences to share. D.D. prides himself on the fact his restaurants only prepare and serve authentic Indian style food. You will not find any Thai food, burgers, pasta etc. here. Ah, except for French fries ... according to DD, the English tourists insist on asking for them!


The staff are all super friendly and speak excellent English. There is an extensive menu, which is available in English, Chinese and Russian. It even includes some interesting astrology information, matching your star sign with foods that should agree with you. There is something for everyone on the menu, including approximately 25 different vegetarian dishes, 20 different types of naan bread (the traditional Indian flatbread) and a kids section which is slightly adapted. For example fish fingers, are actually Fish Pakora. The language is just easier for children and allows fussy eaters to feel happy with their choices. On the rare occasion that you would like an Indian dish that you can’t find on the menu, just ask. Pure authenticity and more at Noori India.The chef is more than happy to oblige, and loves to get creative in the kitchen. The same applies if you see something you fancy, but want a milder version or without some of the ingredients listed. Noori prides itself on ‘healthy’ Indian cooking. No dish is too oily, and fresh local ingredients are used wherever possible. Spices are freshly ground every day, and come from India if not available locally. Noori is a well-known and very popular restaurant with the local Indian community on Samui. They love it’s no frills, good honest Indian food, at extremely reasonable prices, making it exceptional value for money.


Poppadoms, onion bhajis, samosas, chicken tikka masala, tandoori dishes, sizzling platters, the chef’s signature dish of Tawa which is served on a hotplate and comes with vegetable, lamb, chicken, fish, prawn or squid. Go crazy and order a selection to share. On the beverage menu, you will find authentic Indian drinks such as mango lassi (a cooling yoghurt drink), Kingfisher beer and Masala Chai (Indian tea). Don’t forget to check out the desserts too. Try some Kheer Badami, a traditional Indian rice pudding, made with raisins and nuts. Halal food can also be prepared on request.


Noori also has a dedicated and experienced ‘outdoor catering team’. They offer fantastic food planning, preparation, creative presentation and meticulous service standards for any event you may be hosting. They cater for dinner parties at private villas, for birthdays, wedding receptions, office parties, award ceremonies, product launches, gala dinners, in fact, any event you can think of. They are available to discuss your specific requirements, Pure authenticity and more at Noori India.offer advice selecting the most suitable venue and will prepare a personalised menu for any number of guests. Private group dining can also be arranged at the restaurant itself, which can accommodate up to 80 people.


Always wanted to learn how to cook Indian food from scratch? Now is your chance. Whether you’re a complete novice in the kitchen, an amateur cook keen to further develop your skills, or a professional chef wishing to widen your repertoire with one of the world’s favourite cuisines, joining one of D.D.’s cooking classes, is a great way to spend three hours of your time on Samui. The skills you learn will still be there, long after your tan has faded! D.D. is an informative and interesting teacher, able to explain everything in a fun and relaxed way, making the class a most enjoyable experience. There is a choice of menus that you can prepare and cook, including vegetarian or vegan options. The menu choice can be further customised if you have any other specific requirements. On completion of the course, you will be presented with your very own ‘Noori India Cooking Center’ apron to take away, and a certificate of achievement to display proudly on your kitchen wall at home. A unique memento of your visit to Samui. Classes are held every day from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm until 7.00 pm in a separate location, close to the restaurants.


There are two Noori India restaurants on Samui, and both are located on the beach road in Chaweng. The main branch is on the one-way section, just south of Chaweng Buri Resort, and just north of Burger King and Elite Exclusive Gym. The other is further south on the 2-way traffic section, past Centara Grand Beach Resort and before Chaweng Cove Resort. Both restaurants are open every day from 11.30 am until 11.30 pm. There is also an outlet in the food court at Central Festival shopping mall.


From Rajasthan to Samui, authentic Indian food served within a family atmosphere. Eat and savour the spices and tastes, learn how to cook it yourself, organise catering for any function. Noori India is so much more than just a restaurant.


 Karan Ladd


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