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 recommendations for the best Indian and Middle Eastern restaurants in Chiang Mai.
Last Updated: November 2019
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: #99/2, Loi Kroh Rd., T. Chang Klan, A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 11:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 279 427, +66 82 929 2985 | Website | Facebook
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.
Whole Earth: #88, Sridonchai Rd.,T. Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 11:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 282 463
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 | Facebook
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.
Grill of India: #68-68, Prapokklao Rd., Soi 3, T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 10:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 61 795 9264 | Facebook
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: Galare Night Market, #89/2, Chang Klan Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 16:00-23:45 (Daily) | Tel: +66 90 417 2245 | Facebook
Babylonian Iraqi Restaurant is located in the Maya Lifestyle Shopping 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 dishes which also has Indian favourites such as samosas and biryani curry and rice on it.
Babylonia Iraqi: [Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall] # 55, Huay Kaew Road, T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Tel: +66 52 081 555 | Open: 11:00-22:00 (Daily)
Sababa Israeli Restaurant is a homely establishment just 500 metres from 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: #33/10, Charoen Prathet Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 12:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 64 719 0756 | Facebook
The Gulf is famed for authentic Lebanese cuisine, extensive menu and its reasonably priced dishes. Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Falafel and Arabic Salad are among recommended favourites. There is also a choice of Thai cuisine for foodies to have a chance of sampling Thai specialities. Even tucked away in the corner of Anusarn Night Market but this restaurant is totally worth it.
Gulf Restaurant: – Anusarn Market, Charoen Prathet Rd., T. Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 11:00-00:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 64 482 1874