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Food and entertainment galore at Nora Beach Resort & Spa’s theme nights.

Food and entertainment galore at Nora Beach Resort & Spa’s theme nights.With its beautiful North Chaweng setting, right towards the end of Samui’s most famous beach, Nora Beach Resort & Spa is home to two extraordinarily vibrant themed nights, hosted by its wonderful restaurant, Prasuthon. Ease back on Tuesdays and Thursdays and let yourself be transported by a rare combination of food and entertainment. Both nights are riveting, just the kind of thing where diners pause, fork in air, mesmerized by what’s going on right in front of their eyes. Both occasions are also a chance to enjoy some of the sumptuous food that Nora Beach offers its guests, whether they're staying in the resort or are visiting from outside. The theme nights are staged in and around the restaurant, which is next to the beach. Sit inside or outside, with views of the sea and the lapping of waves close by.

‘Around Asia’ is the theme for Tuesdays, and features a well-stocked buffet. There’s more than half a dozen starters, and you can choose from savoury salmon, tom yam goong, Vietnamese spring rolls, assorted roast meats and salads with an array of dressings. A live cooking station takes your orders for pad Thai and a whole range of teppanyaki dishes. Watch while dedicated chefs prepare the food before your eyes. Leave room for other yummy options which include steamed fish filets, massaman beef, pork ribs and sautéed mixed vegetables, before finishing off with mini cakes and fruit for dessert.

There’s music played by a Thai orchestra on traditional instruments, while performers dazzle guests with some of the best-loved dances in the nation – these are all familiar to anyone who’s grown up in Thailand, but will be something completely new to non-Thais. The dances all tell stories in exquisitely choreographed form, Food and entertainment galore at Nora Beach Resort & Spa’s theme nights.while costumes are all brightly-coloured and symbolize mythical beings. It’s a fun and exotic evening, loved by adults and children alike.

Thursday night is ‘Hawaiian Night’, but beforehand avail yourself of the free cocktails and canapés, which are served between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. You’ll find them right by the beach, followed by the main event, just adjacent. Start with appetizers such as grilled king scallop with mango or toasted honey lemon tuna. Then there's sushi and sashimi, salads and a wealth of smoked meats.

Mains will spoil you with rack of lamb with peach port wine, roast duck with spices and honey and homemade gnocchi. That’s not all. A barbecue station awaits, and here you'll find lobster, prawns, sirloin steak, pork and farm ham. Crepes Suzette, mini cakes and Thai desserts round off this hearty dinner. You'll be entertained by Hawaiian dancers, and there’s a fire show that’s guaranteed to distract you from all that food. It’s put on by a professional troupe who know just how to astound their audience. Unless you’ve seen something like this before you’ll be amazed by the fire-breathing, juggling and paraffin-fuelled dancing that takes place just metres from your table.

Keeping a dedicated eye on both the evenings is Food & Beverage Manager, Khun Pakpoom Zsaensaard, a skilled veteran when it comes to restaurant management. He’s been with the Nora Group for some eight years, and transferred to Nora Beach to look after not just the restaurant, Food and entertainment galore at Nora Beach Resort & Spa’s theme nights.but literally everything to do with eating and drinking here. Whether it’s a daiquiri you want at the poolside, a room service request or a cocktail in the lobby, Khun Pakpoom is the person in charge, and the one ultimately responsible for your satisfaction. His tasks also include running the resort’s excellent cooking classes and all the functions that the restaurant handles, such as romantic dinners, parties, gatherings and above all weddings. Nora Beach specializes in the latter, thanks to its scenic location. Khun Pakpoom elevates the menu well beyond the expected beach restaurant offerings we’re so used to – yet everything is agreeably affordable.

Nora Beach is expert in putting on amazing performances as well as offering feasts that are rich in variety and taste. Expect the best, in other words. Just make sure you reserve your table in advance, as you won’t want to miss out on all the fun. And don’t forget that no matter when you decide to drop into Nora Beach, there’s always Prasuthon’s remarkable menu, featuring both Thai and international delights, to tempt you with casual but fine gastronomy. Plenty of guests come back for more or simply to see what’s new at this always popular resort.


Dimitri Waring


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