You guys know me, and my general aversion to trying new foods. Well, I think I’ve turned the corner. I’ve recently become acquainted with Indian food, and I have to say that I’m becoming a fan. While we’re in Koh Samui, we found a fantastic place if Indian is your proverbial cup of tea. The restaurant is Noori India and they provided a memorable dining experience for us.
Do you see that distinguished looking gentleman to my right? His name is Di-Di, and he surprised us. Not once, but a few times. Normally, when we go to a restaurant, I look for something that I’m familiar with, and order away. Not this time. Di-Di asked us about our food preferences. Did we prefer vegetarian? What was our spicy threshold? After that, I was expecting a menu, but none came.
You see, Di-Di was sneaky. He brought us food, and kept it coming. And it was excellent. I’ll admit that I was a bit worried about just eating what was put in front of me as I’m not a big Foodie, but this was a great experience for all of us. We didn’t know exactly what was coming, but we tried everything, and thus expanded our palates, and future choices when ordering Indian cuisine.
OK, let’s get to the food. All of it was beautiful on the plate, and provided great colors and textures. There were several courses that were brought out, but let me hit the highlights.
- Pineapple / Mango Shake – We all love pineapple shakes, but Lars tried something new with the Mango shake. I don’t like the texture of mango, but in “shake form”, it was very good. Once I got my hands on Lars’ glass, I don’t think I let him have any more. Whoops…sorry Lars!
- Onion Bhaji – Deep-fried onion pieces with Gram flour.
- Chicken Korma – Chicken cooked in cream and spices. This was one of Heidi’s favorites, as well as a lamb dish.
- Aloo Tikka – These are round mashed potato cutlets with Indian spices. Everyone liked them, and they’re now on my order list whenever I order Indian in the future.
- Tandoori Chicken – This is a classic Indian BBQ type of dish, and it was very tasty. Combined with some of the sauces that were provided, the chicken had some good heat to it.
- Chicken Tawa – Chicken cooked with Indian spices and herbs, and served on a hot plate. This was the highlight of the meal for me. Combined with some Naan bread, I could just eat this, and be happy. I was scraping every little bit off the plate. Yum!
- Aloo Baigan – Eggplant and potatoes sautéed in onions and tomatoes with a touch of curry sauce. If you like food on the spicy side, then this is a good dish to try.
- Papadum – These are like a crispy cracker/bread, and topped with any one of the sauces that we had made it a great starter.
- Naan – You can’t have Indian food without Naan! We had regular Naan, garlic Naan, and Haryali Naan (Naan stuffed with boiled spinach and mustard leaves). Anya and I really dig the Naan, and it’s great for grabbing up every last bit of food.
- Basmati Rice – This rice was so colorful, I didn’t know what it was at first. Colored bright orange and yellow, it made for a delicious combination with the Chicken Tawa.
- Gulab Jamun Flambe with Ice Cream – What meal would be complete without dessert? These are small spherical fritters that were still warm. Combined with the cold ice cream, they made for a wonderful contrast.
I’ve got to say that Di-Di really took care of us. He’s one heck of a chef, and a great host. He and his staff did an amazing job of making sure we were well taken care of. If you’re in Koh Samui, you owe it to your taste buds to stop by Noori India and enjoy some excellent food. They also have cooking classes available if you want to learn how to cook Indian cuisine.
17/1 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road, Bophut, Koh – Samui, Thailand
Disclosure: Our meal was hosted by Noori India. All opinions are our own and that is why I got to write this post. Our official non-foodie is spreading his wings.