Samui Wining & Dining
A Terrace of Terraces

Nora Buri's Rice Barge and Terrace - Thai cuisine and more.


10Ever experienced two 5-star hotels in one? With 144 contemporary Thai-styled rooms and villas, on either side of the road in the north of Chaweng, Nora Buri is easily one of the biggest resorts on Samui.

      As far as dining goes, each day is different at Nora Buri. At The Barge restaurant, Wednesdays are grand. Guests are offered complimentary cocktails from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and entertained by Polynesian dance and The Barge Band. After that, they can join the Hawaiian seafood buffet dinner, with a variety of fresh seafood and barbecued meat. And on Mondays, it’s Cowboy Steak night, featuring assorted grilled meats and a Wild West theme. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you can order a special lobster or seafood basket set, or anything from the a la carte menu. Saturdays and Sundays, the chef creates dinner specials on the beach.

      But here we are going to focus on Nora Buri’s Thai restaurant, Rice Barge and Terrace. Bedecked with short tables, and triangular cushioned seats, Rice Barge is highly recommended for those who enjoy authentic Thai cuisine and culture.

      Food and music go hand in hand, and Thai’s understand this thoroughly. This combination is best experienced when the live music matches the ethnicity of cuisine. In northern Thailand, the kantoke (a balanced selection of small Thai dishes served on a rattan tray) are served with traditional Thai music and dance.

     Or how about a Thai dinner set to go along with the music? Dinner sets are generally meant for two – you get to try a variety of food for a very reasonable price. For instance, one set includes the following: a spicy grilled beef salad with vegetable and fresh chilli lemon sauce, and deep fried marinated crab meat and minced chicken for appetisers. These are followed by spicy white prawn soup (Tom Yam Goong), and blue crab yellow curry (Gaeng Poo Mar), deep fried fish fillet with garlic and pepper (Pla Tord Kra-tiem Prik Thai), deep fried king prawn in thick red curry (Choo-Chee Goong) and steamed jasmine rice (Kaow Hom Ma Li) for main course. And sticky rice with mango and sweet coconut milk for dessert. Plus you get a cup of fresh coffee or tea. All this for just 1,650 baht. And you can opt to enjoy this in air-conditioned comfort, or sit out on the open-air terrace section and enjoy the sea breeze.

      Other delicacies on offer include deep fried spring rolls, prawn rolls with yellow noodles, deep fried prawn patties and grilled chicken satay. If you like to try a bit of each one of them, you can order them as a mixed appetizer plate.

       The Thai entertainment is from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, so be sure to reserve your table for this time.

         And this is an award-winning restaurant for more than just one reason, so if you want to get more acquainted with the local cuisine, you can enrol in one of Nora's daily cooking classes. Just call and book in advance.


Charisma Bharadwaj


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