The concept of Thali, a platter of small bowls and bites of humble street food, is turned on its head at this mini-getaway of a restaurant. A meal at Thali is like a fever dream of the best kind, where each bite is more delicious than the last, and the bowls keep on coming. It’s a mercy not having to order anything – aside from whether you want to go for the usual tapas-for-two menu of the day, or the vegan or vegetarian options – because how could you decide? Deep-fried Kashimir cauliflower bites (that will have you raising your hands to the ceiling in ecstasy), tangy amber-hued khatti dhal, lamb kebabs and aloo dum make a thrilling beginning, with rotis, chilli relish, raita and pickles for you to tear, wrap and dab.
The beautifully plated middle courses of chilli aubergine with labneh and coriander gremolata, line fish sashimi or potato-and-corn chaat with sour-onion purée provide contrast. You'll be reminded of the small plates at owner Liam Tomlin’s Chefs Warehouse eateries that fuse elements from different cuisines so well, all oh-so-pretty and masterfully balanced in flavour and texture.
Splendidly flavoursome spiced rice in a copper bowl, tomato sambal and ode-worthy naan accompany the final dishes of deeply rich ghee roast chicken, silky palak paneer with mushrooms or lamb-and-tomato bredie.
To end, a shot glass of sweet, spiced ice – topped with a sprinkling of pomegranate jewels – is a perfect send-off.
There's an expertly chosen wine list to match the food (mild, medium or hot), plus some of the chef’s favourites. But first prize is a kicky cocktail, like the cooling kiwi, green tea mojito or the warming Old Fashioned with star anise, cumin and cardamom.
Welcoming, accommodating and knowledgeable.
The dark space, compelling open kitchen (from which you’ll hear the chefs’ banter) and old wooden cooking implements on the walls make it a great space for dates, with enough talking points to keep the conversation rolling, if you have time and space between the
joyous mouthfuls. The outside courtyard, with sprawling jasmine and bougainvillea, is utterly charming.
Decadent dates or groups who are happy to share.
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Wow! What a wonderful restaurant! Flavour extravaganza! Excellent value for money! Highly recommended. Authetic indian cuisine experience.
A divine entrée to the senses.
The smells, flavors and tastes are indescribable. This is for the connoisseur, the novice and even for those those that don’t dare to be adventurous. Simply sublime. Could not recommend Thali more highly. Loved everything about it.
Michelene de Lange
Best indian food in Cape Town. Good service.
Thali brings Indian fine-dining to life. Don't expect the ambience of 5-star restaurant, but know that the food, presentation and flavours are what you're there for. Naan, paratha, oxtail, butter chicken, vegetarian dahl - even non-Indian food lovers will be able to appreciate this carefully curated meal. Not too spicy, but full of flavour, texture & additional condiments. When in doubt, just add a squeeze of lime. Do yourself a favour.
We indulge every taste to a wonderful experience!The food was sensational!♡☆☆☆
Arriving to have lunch at Chef’s Warehouse on Heritage Square, I was told that they are full, but that there would be a spot open at Thali.
I arrived and was warmly welcomed by the front-of-house barman staff, who immediately showed me to a spot in full view of the kitchen.
Its a Saturday afternoon so the kitchen staff is busy prepping. I ordered a vanilla whiskey sour and my four courses of the “Thali for One” - the first course being chicken skewers with naan and sambals. OMG. Dis not see that coming! Exquisite!
Another whiskey sour (they are that good!) and the fish tacos arrived! Boom! The pompodon taco is genius and the fusion of cultures is complete... this is what humanity should be about. A conglomeration of ideas and tastes and minds! Incredible! (Going well with this is a glass of SpiderPig Rose... cause you know... humanity also needs Rose!)
The seafood curry arrive and I am nlown away. Colorful, aromatic and beautifully presented... the swirdfish was exceptional and the prawns and mussels well-cooked. The sauce for the curry was probably the best curry sauce I have ever tasted.
Served with beautifully spiced basmati and a roti from heaven this dish was superb. An amazing experience that can be recommended again and again!
Easily my favourite restaurant in Cape Town. Outstanding!