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Thali Indian Restaurant

I was invited to review an Indian restaurant recently called Thali.  Naturally I looked online to do a little research and saw that they had some great reviews over on the Tripadvisor and Opentable sites so being a no brainer I of course gladly agreed to a visit.  It’s nice to discover a new restaurant (new to me) as it’s a great way to discover new foods.  This is especially true with Indian food as dishes which will vary from place to place depending on where the chef has trained and if the chef is Indian recipes can vary from village to village so their influences from their parents cooking for example will dictate the herbs and spices used in the dishes.

The restaurant was easy to get to as it was just a short walk from the station and when we arrived we were greeted warmly and shown to our table.  The lights were dimmed and there were quite a few tables taken when we arrived.  The restaurant which serves North Indian cuisine has simple and comfortable surroundings.  On one wall there are Bollywood movie posters and on another this brightly coloured rickshaw bicycle.

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The menu is varied with a good selection of foods and I noted that they had a selection of vegetarian dishes so anyone vegetarian is good to go.  The staff there were eager to please and I am sure that vegetarian versions of dishes can be made if requested.  I did watch the staff to measure their level of interaction and quality of service with other diners and they treated all very well.  The staff there are genuinely very nice and happy to help which was really good.

The table space was limited but clearly they are aware of this as any bottles are safely kept aside and the second drink levels started to go down these guys were on top of it filling the glass normally before you even noticed it need it.

For our starters we selected:

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This is a vegetarian dish made with spinach, coriander, tamarind, sweetened yoghurt and chutneys.  Although fried this isn’t exceptionally greasy.  The spinach was crispy and the mix of flavours really was was quite something and you could taste all the different flavours non of them were paricularly overpowering.  This was delicious and we had ordered it on recommendation from one of the waiters as it was a very popular dish and he also liked it very much.

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Another popular dish on the menu this is a type of chicken tikka dish.  It’s marinated over night in a range of spices.  I was unsure about ordering this initially being used to my chicken tikka but I am glad I did as it was lovely.  The chicken was succulent and tender and there was a lot of flavour.  It went exceptionally well with the coriander and chilli sauce served with it that was freshly made and packed full of flavour.

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These were shallow fried to give them a lovely crispy filo like exterior with a good crunch.  Inside they were packed full of vegetables and chicken as you can see and had a nice mix of spices for extra flavour.  We ate these with a chilli sauce for a lovely kick of heat.  It wasn’t to spicy though if anyone was curious.

All the starters were good and we waited in anticipation, mouths watering for the main course.

thali6The pieces of prawn were nice and chunky and juicy and there were plenty there, you don’t need to dig around and  be disappointed at just one or two pieces being there.  The dish is spicy and full of flavour and the rice is cooked to perfection.  The garnish was fresh – you can see it looked moist and glossy meaning it was all freshly prepared.  This went well with the raita which was lovely and fresh.thali7This is a selection of dishes in steel plates allowing dinners a great insight into the flavours of North Indian food.  This is a nice way to sample a range of dishes from the menu rather than just one as a main meal.  This seemed to be popular as a number of other tables had also ordered one of the Thali options.  The Thali we had opted for was the seafood one although you could also choose from a vegetarian and a non vegetarian.

There were 5 items plus rice, these included:

Raita (yoghurt with mint and cucumber) which could be combined with the various dishes and very refreshing.

Prawn Masala which was amazing, there was a good depth of flavour and it was nicely spiced and not too hot.

Amritshari fish which comprises of loving seeds, lemon, tumeric and Kashmiri chilli.  The pieces of fish were a good size, it was cooked perfectly and full of flavour.  It was quite a mild dish and very tasty.

Prawn Balchao was nice and spicy with big juicy prawns and bursting with flavour.

The Madras Fish Curry had nice big flaky pieces of fish with gorgeous flavours from the coconut and tamarind and added heat from the chillis.  A lovely dish that went exceptionally well with the raita.

The rice which was nice and fluffy and soaked up flavours from the various sauces.

The final dish in the Thali was a dessert called Gulab jamun this was a milk dough dumpling that was served hot with syrup.  This was very sweet as you would expect and you could taste the gorgeous flavour of the cardamon.

Between courses the table was cleared of any stray food that may have escaped as it was being spooned into plates.

By this stage we were pretty full but we decided to try one of the desserts off the menu as it had to be done.  Let’s face it going without dessert is a sin in the foodie world.

We opted for the Gajor Ka Halwa to share.

This consisted of carrot, almonds, milk and sugar and sounded great.  Did I forget to mention it was topped with vanilla ice cream.  This was heaven and just the mere thought of it excites my taste buds and gets my mouth watering.  I was so pleased we got this even though it was to share.  Next time i’m getting my own!

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I really did enjoy my meal at Thali and was not only impressed at the care taken in presentation and the portion sizes, but also at the level of service given to myself and the other diners that evening (I have eyes like a hawk and watch everything happening around me unless distracted by food).  I can’t fault the staff there were all fabulous and the food was all delicious.  I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you are in the area as I know you will love it too.

The staff are very attentive and nothing is too much and if you want to order a classic Indian meal not on the menu don’t fret they will accommodate your needs without a fuss.

There are numerous items on the lunch menu such as chicken tikka wraps with salad and chutney which sound great and I hope to return sometime to try these too.

Thali

166 Old Brompton Rd,
London, SW5 0BA
Tel: 020 7373 2626

This Post Has 55 Comments

  1. My husband works at an Indian restaurant so he is an expert and we have them quite often as he is addicted to them. I love a nice danshak with paneer.

    1. You lucky thing, Indian food can be very good.

  2. Love to read that they’ve got vegetarian dishes, it’s my number one annoyance when eating out the lack there of. Wow, you really get some delicious looking dishes that will leave you full until morning!

    1. You sure do which is great. Make sure you try that top dish on my post if you go it’s gorgeous x

  3. I was licking my lips reading this, it sounds absolutely delicious and I would love to try so many of the dishes you mentioned!

  4. Since we moved to Germany, we really hanker for a good Indian and it took 5 years of looking to find a good restaurant. This place looks lovely, I’ve made a note in my Evernote for my next trip to London as I occasionally at meetings in this part of town.

  5. I always order a Thali when eating out at an Indian, I love the variety it offers. Jo x

  6. I just finished eating my not so delicious dinner and I am super hungry just looking at the food. What a lovely restaurant.

  7. Even better its in London and I love me some Indian food, I can’t wait to try it out because it looks fantastic !

    1. You will love it Ana 😉

  8. This just looks so yummy, I do love a good chicken samosa! H x

  9. Sounds like you had a fab time, everything looks so good!

  10. I love Indian food and this sounds like a restaurant that would be right up my street, it isn’t too far from me either so I think I shall definitely try it in the near future x

  11. Looks delicious, am allergic to tomatoes unfortunately face balloons

  12. I love Indian food and don’t work too far away from here so may have to try it soon x

  13. I usually find Thai places are pretty good when it comes to vegetarian dishes. Looks like some great food x

  14. Wow the food looks so delicious. Making me hungry now.

  15. everything looks so yummy.I feel quite hungry now

  16. What a delicious selection of dishes. Those samosas look amazing.

  17. In love trying out new places to eat. I love the look of this place.

  18. The food looks just incredible, Indian food is one of my favourite x

  19. Just looking at your photos makes me feel hungry. I love Indian food but live miles away from a decent restaurant.

    1. That’s such a shame. There are some great ones out there you just have to find them.

  20. I love Indian food, we are planning on going to London for our christmas meet up with friends and looking for somewhere to eat will have to mention this x

    1. You will love it, I hope you get to try this restaurant 😉

  21. I love a good curry. We’ve been using the same restaurant and take away for nearly 3 decades now.

    1. My goodness should should try another as their style of cooking will vary x

  22. These images make the food look so yummy, I’ve never tried Indian food! xo

    1. You are missing out!

  23. The food looks amazing! I’ve never actually tried India food!

    1. Wow you are missing out it’s lovely when cooked correctly.

  24. I love a good Indian meal. In fact every Sunday evening we go to our local Indian restaurant and it’s fabulous. I also enjoy a good thali, it’s so nice to try lots of different flavours. I wasn’t far from this area a couple of weeks ago, when I was staying in London, wish I had gone now!

  25. This all looks delicious! I’m always interested by the desserts at Indian restaurants but I never have room for them after a curry! My eyes are always bigger than my belly, haha!

  26. Oh wow now this food looks gorgeous!!! I’m a big fan of indian food!!! Indian food canbe so versatile for beggies and for meat eaters its great!

  27. Wow! How bright fresh and colourful does all this food look? I am salivating at the thought. I do love a good Indian meal, and this looks like a great restaurant to try xx

  28. Indian is my favourite! This looks so yummy! 🙂

  29. Everything looks great, I am not to of a fan of Indian food, but this one might be worth to try 🙂

  30. Woow these dishes looks delicious, I am a big fan of indian food! Sounds like you had a great time x

  31. Always happy to hear there’s a lot of veggie dishes! The photos look fab and it seems like the food was very well presented 🙂

    1. It sure was we loved it 😉

  32. The food looks lovely – I need to try more foods like this!

  33. Looks really yummy! Were you there snapping away photos on your smartphone like those ‘definately hitting my Instagram’ girls on the adverts? 😉

  34. Love the idea of the selection of dishes! I do love trying new foods!

  35. Love your restaurant reviews, guess we have similar taste (which is amazing)

  36. Making me feel hungry looking at all those lovely dishes!!!

  37. Great post! 🙂

  38. Food looks delicious, dead jealous x

  39. I’m not a big fan of indian but this looks delicious def one to look out for

  40. I LOVE Indian food, the chicken achari looks incredible!

    1. It was really good, definitely worth trying x

  41. Great review of the Thali Indian Restaurant and nice food too.

    1. Thanks Lynn, I really enjoyed the food.

  42. I just love Indian food don’t you? Love the decor.

  43. Wow have to say this place looks amazing x

  44. I have never tried indian food before but the food looks amazing

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