Thali – Earls Court Life
I have been meaning to try the new North Indian restaurant Thali, on the Old Brompton Road, for a while now and finally had the chance when a couple of my friends were visiting Earls Court from the USA. Of course they wanted Indian and I suggested we give it a try.
From the outside it looks very warm and welcoming, all twinkling candles, white table cloths and shimmering tableware. Once inside the service matched the atmosphere and I knew we had made the right choice.
Although there was an ample wine list from which to choose a bottle, I always find that an ice cold beer goes far better with most of the indian food I’ve eaten, no matter how elegant. And this food was exactly that. I started with this:
Palak Chaat is a dish made up of lightly fried spinach drizzled with sweet yoghurt, mint and tamarind chutney. It was to die for. And a very good indication of the quality of what was to follow.
A side note – our server very kindly pointed out which dishes on the menu were spicy in an attempt to save us from ourselves. One of us didn’t listen and spent the rest of the evening mopping his brow and upper lip whilst trying to stop his eyes from popping out of their sockets. Spicy means spicy here folks.
There is everything you could possibly wish for on the menu from wraps, rolls, curries, clay oven grills, sharing platters, biryani and, of course, Thali. This dish is served on a steel platter which has a series of little bowls consisting of a wide variety of different dishes from across the region. Be hungry if you order this and don’t fill up on poppadoms beforehand like I did.
The meal was rounded off with a pot of fresh mint tea – absolutely no room for dessert (see poppadoms above) – and a unanimous vote to return.Thali 166 Old Brompton Road, Earls Court, SW5 0BA 020 7373 2626 Monday-Sunday 12:00–3:00 pm, 6:30–11:30 pm