Chiang Mai features an eclectic collection of restaurants serving Indian and Middle Eastern food. The majority are in the central areas of Chiang Mai between the Old City and the Night Bazaar. A full assortment of Indian appetizers, curries, breads and rice plus kebabs, humus and falafels from the Middle East will ensure even the most discerning foodie will not be disappointed. A number of the restaurants serve dishes from both regions. The following are our recommended Chiang Mai Indian and Middle Eastern restaurants.
RAJDARBAR INDIAN RESTAURANT
Rajdarbar offers an authentic Indian dining experience with a premises just like a Mumbai brasserie, Indian music and a full collection of dishes from the North and the South of India. The house specialities are paneer and tandoori but menu choices range from chole bhature breakfast with flatbread to lamb vindaloo and lassis. All items are made to order using Indian spices and ingredients. Rajdarbar is on Loi Kroh Road and across from the Duangtawan Hotel.
Rajdarbar Indian Restaurant: #99/2, Loi Kroh Rd., T. Chang Klan, A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 10:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 82 929 2985, +66 82 929 2984 | Facebook | Map
THE WHOLE EARTH
The Whole Earth is located on Sridonchai Road and about 100 metres from Anusarn Night Market. It has long been a staple for gourmands looking for superior dining experiences and has a broad selection of Thai and Indian Ayurvedic dishes on its menu. Chapati and nan breads plus masala, kofta, korma, biryani and tandoori curries are among the most popular orders at the Whole Earth. The main restaurant is a Thai pavilion-style structure set amid manicured gardens.
The Whole Earth: #88, Sridonchai Rd.,T. Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 11:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 282 463 | Website | Map
ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT
The Royal India is an ambient restaurant close to the bar zone on Ratchapakhinai Road. Its cheap and delicious offerings are perfect before a night out. People opting to dine here will enjoy the eclectic tastes of India with dishes which include chicken tikka masala, dal and chana masala. Saffron rice and nan breads are the perfect accompaniment to the dishes. The full thali meal comes highly recommended here.
Royal India Restaurant: #204/5, Ratchapakhinai Rd., T. Sriphum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 11:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 84 174 1001 | Map
Le Spice is an ambient and spacious restaurant in a side street close to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and the Galare Food Centre. The menu here is a fusion of Indian, Thai and Middle Eastern with a varied assortment of seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes. Goa-style fish curry, chicken masala, fresh nan bread and humus are among the items which have made Le Spice a firm favourite with both expats and visiting tourists.
Le Spice: #31, Charoen Prathet 6 Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 11:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 234 962, +66 53 234 983 | Facebook | Map
THE GRILL OF INDIA
The Grill of India is on Prapokklao Road and north of Chiang Mai Gate. This establishment is air-conditioned and nicely spaced out. The Grill of India is famed for its huge servings of signature Indian specialities including dal, chicken tikka, masala, vindaloo, saffron rice and baked breads. The thali meal here is so big that waiters recommended fasting all day before trying it in the evening.
The Grill of India: #68-68, Prapokklao Rd., Soi 3, T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-19:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 61 795 9264 | Facebook | Map
The Little Istanbul is one of the food outlets in the Galare Food Centre on Chang Klan Road. The kebabs created here are fresh off the grill and come at prices that will keep people on a budget happy. Among other Middle Eastern favourites on the Little Istanbul’s menu are falafels, lamb skewers and humus. Due to the popularity of this eatery there is invariably a queue so it pays to arrive early.
Little Istanbul: #89/2, Chang Klan Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 16:00-23:45 (Daily) | Tel: +66 90 417 2245 | Facebook | Map
BABYLONIA IRAQI RESTAURANT
Babylonian Iraqi Restaurant is located in the Maya Shopping and Lifestyle Mall on Huay Kaew Road. The interior of the Babylonian could have been plucked from an Arabian palace. The menu and quality of the food are just as amazing. Chicken shawarma, lamb kebab, apricot flavoured lamb curry, humus, steamed vegetables and flatbreads are signature items on a menu which also has Indian favourites such as samosas and biryani curry and rice on it.
Babylonia Iraqi: Charoen Muang Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 11:00-22:00 (Daily) | Map
SABABA ISRAELI RESTAURANT
Sababa Israeli Restaurant is a homely establishment just south of the Night Bazaar and Anusan Market. Sababa does not have a particularly large choice of dishes, but there are more than enough to satisfy any cravings for Middle Eastern speciality dishes. Gluten-free humus and falafel, Israeli-style chicken schnitzel and chips, and chopped liver and onions are sure to get the taste buds working overtime.
Sababa Israeli Restaurant: #183/1, Chang Klan Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 12:00-23:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 84 873 5748 | Facebook | Map
BTC LAMETAYEL RESTAURANT
BTC Lametayel Restaurant is a chic premises on the opposite side of Chang Klan Road to Sababa. BTC Lametayel comprises a large air-conditioned restaurant and an external patio furnished with comfy chairs and swing-seats. Its choice of dishes is varied and includes falafel pita bread sandwiches, schnitzel burgers, pizzas, Turkish coffee, fruit shakes and a choice of popular Thai delights.
BTC Lametayel Restaurant: #81/1, Sridonchai Rd., T.Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 10:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 235 614-5 | Facebook | Map