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“Italian unexpected. Great find!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Noi's Cuisine
52 Soi 4 Canal Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
0861251791
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Ranked #883 of 1,359 Restaurants in Chiang Mai
Cuisines: Italian
Description: This is a great Italian restaurant. The food is up with the best and the prices are far less than any others. It should have a listing and I want to give them a glowing review (we've eaten there now more than 15 times in the last 2 months, prob closer to 20). Here's a review from the Chiang Mai Mail: http://www.chiangmai-mail.com/395/dining.shtml They don't have a website of their own. Here's a site showing their location on Google maps: http://foursquare.com/venue/8349767 Here's some pics of their food from a local photo club: http://photo.lannaphotoclub.com/index.php?topic=11411.0 And some mentions from the ThaiVisa forum: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/370747-where-is-the-best-meal-deal-in-town/page__st__125__p__3865516#entry3865516
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Description: This is a great Italian restaurant. The food is up with the best and the prices are far less than any others. It should have a listing and I want to give them a glowing review (we've eaten there now more than 15 times in the last 2 months, prob closer to 20). Here's a review from the Chiang Mai Mail: http://www.chiangmai-mail.com/395/dining.shtml They don't have a website of their own. Here's a site showing their location on Google maps: http://foursquare.com/venue/8349767 Here's some pics of their food from a local photo club: http://photo.lannaphotoclub.com/index.php?topic=11411.0 And some mentions from the ThaiVisa forum: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/370747-where-is-the-best-meal-deal-in-town/page__st__125__p__3865516#entry3865516
Valencia, Spain
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“Italian unexpected. Great find!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

Great Italian food hidden down an otherwise dark soi. Friendly staff and very inexpensive (call it 100baht for a pasta dish, 60baht for a glass of red or white), clean, tasty food. It was perfect for a nice glass of house on a quiet evening away from the bustle of the city.

I'll make a point of stopping in again prior to my departure from Chiang Mai. You should do the same.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“HIDDEN AWAY TREASURE: GREAT FOOD - GREAT PRICES !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Noi's Cuisine is a little out of the way but very well worth getting to.
If you're a visitor to town, a ride in the public red-taxi shouldn't cost more than about a dollar (US/AUS).
This rather unpretentious restaurant, not fancy, but clean and comfortable, has a huge menu of Western style food leaning heavily onto the Italian style of great pizzas, pastas etc. It's impossible not to find something really delicious on that menu.
Very friendly and obliging staff. An owner/manager combination of husband &wife plus other family members makes this restaurant an increasingly favourite dining experience.
Being located in the vicinity of the Chiang Mai University it attracts many students, but certainly not exclusively. More and more "Westerners" are finding their way there. Prices range from very inexpensive up to modest.
Living in Chiang Mai where so many restaurants pass themselves off as Western but, in fact, provide very mediocre fare at best, at absurdly high prices, finding Noi's is like finding a gem in their midst.
Try as I may I never really get past the pizzas despite wanting to try so many of the other dishes.
My wife never gets past the grilled lemon-sauce fish with mashed potatoes. A serving of his garlic and pesto breads is also great. As I said, the menu is huge.
I have only once in the very many visits made to that place felt that the standard might have slipped on one of the dishes. For a busy restaurant in Chiang Mai, that's saying a lot.
Enjoy !

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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North Creek, New York
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“Great Italian food and wine at fantastic prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

Friends took us to Nois recently and we were pleasantly suprised at the very high quality and the low prices. We had, Pizzas, Salads and Fish it was all very good. The portions are large and cooked fresh. The meal over all was a bargain and the house wine is a steal at 55b a glass. the interior is nicely decorated and the staff is very attentive. We really loved the food and will be back. It's so nice to get a good Italian meal at a reasonable price in Chiang Mai.
Bravo Noi! Keep up the good work!

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Terrific Italian food at amazing prices -- Quality and value.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2011

We've been going to Chiang Mai for the winter for 5 years, and one of the things we like is being able to eat out at a variety of good, reasonably priced restaurants. Whereas at home we feel we have a "choice" of one or two decently-priced places, in Chiang Mai we have dozens, and that's just from the places we know; the city has thousands of restaurants. So in our 3 months there this winter why did we eat at Noi's Cuisine at least 2-3 times a week?

Quality and value.

Noi's Cuisine does Italian food, a husband and wife restaurant (Noi says his wife is the boss, except in the kitchen) and they do good food at outstanding prices. They're near Chiang Mai University, where their combo of value and quality food gets them plenty of students, as well as Thais, in addition to farangs (foreigners like us). We're really happy to see that because we can be sure Noi's will do well in the tourist off-season. Chiang Mai has other Italian restaurants, but by and large they'll charge from 50% more to twice as much as Noi's does for the same thing, and Noi's is just as good.

We started off having pizza. At the time we went -- the winter of 2010--2011 -- your basic pizza was 75-80 baht (about US$2.45). Most dishes are about that price. You can get pizza, pasta, and several meat or fish dishes. We didn't try the meats, but did like the fish dishes, which were a very nice piece of fish with mashed potatos for 75 baht. We had pizza a bunch of times, and because we always think spaghetti is not something worth eating out we didn't go for it for far too long. When we did we were sorry we hadn't ordered it sooner. I had the spaghetti with pesto and mussels a half dozen times; it was that good. Lots of mussels, plus an extra one, a larger one, in the shell. The pesto was very tasty and plentiful; the mussels so plentiful that instead of rationing how many you eat to make them last you have to make sure to stab plenty with each forkful. 75 baht. You simply cannot beat that.

The pizzas are individual size and you can order several kinds or make up your own. And the ham and salami pizzas, usually iffy in Thailand, are not bad at all. It's not what you'd get in Italy or New York, but for Thailand it's very good. We'd usually get mushroom, garlic, and green peppers. By the way, although pesto pizza isn't on the menu Noi will be happy to make it for you. You can get pesto instead of tomato sauce, mixed with the tomato sauce, or on top of the tomato sauce -- any way you like it.

There's also appetizers but, except for the "tomato bread" (bruschetta) we usually didn't get any -- we couldn't handle that much food. Sometimes if we were hungry we'd each get a plate of pasta and split a pizza.

Drinks are limited, basically water, a few soft drinks, or wine. The wine is a good deal for Thailand (where wine tends to be expensive) at 55 baht. Water, still or sparkling, is cheap, and so are the soft drinks. If you want dessert there's ice cream at 15 baht, or root beer floats at 35 baht. They also have coffees, hot or iced coffee, cappucino, latte, etc. but we just never had enough room after a meal. We could certainly afford it, even for frugal -- okay, "cheap" -- people like us. A typical bill for two -- say that plate of pasta and split a pizza, with water -- would be 235 baht (about US$7.70); with wine instead of water it'd be 335 baht, which is about US$11.00.

We found it hard to find at first, but it isn't that difficult actually. From the city center, the moat, if you take Huay Kaew Rd. (the road which goes from the NW corner of the moat and past the Central Mal (Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall) you keep going for a couple miles until you reach the Canal Road, and the easiest way to recognise that is the big Dunkin Doughnuts shop on the left. Take the first soi (small road) after the intersection. It's very close to the intersection (that confused us at first), perhaps 10 yards, and it's like an alley way behind Dunkin Doughnuts. Keep going down there for close to 3/4 of a mile, and then turn left (you'll see a sign there for Skybreeze Condos at that corner). Noi's Cuisine will be on your left about 75 yards from that corner. The other way to find it is if you're going along the Canal Road. There's a 7-11 on the west side of the road and the soi is right there; from that direction Noi's is a couple of hundred yards up the soi.

We liked this restaurant so much we registered here so we could do our first review, and when it turned out Noi's wasn't listed yet we when through the process to get Trip Advisor to get it listed. And we told friends about it, most of whom also went again and again.

  • Visited January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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