For some, small portions of meals just don’t do. These are the kind of people who attend buffets or they’re looking for thali serving restaurants so that they can avail unlimited food. Well, having a large appetite is pretty awesome! But you can get the best of both worlds with food and budget only with thali serving restaurants. Here are 5 thalis in Mumbai that you need to try –
1. Gujarati Thali: Shree Thaker Bhojanalay, Kalbadevi
Looking for less oily and healthy food that tastes good? Head over to Shree Thaker’s. They serve a grand Gujarati Thali is a popular thali restaurant for a long time. You can choose from wheat chapatis, bajra rotis or jowar rotis to go along with your meals. They offer daal, sabzi and kadi with each thali. You might also receive a few of their soft dhoklas, jalebis and other sweet items like moong daal halwa along with the meal.
Our Tip: Go there on an empty stomach to enjoy the meal to its fullest!
Price: ₹400 on weekdays and ₹500 on weekends
Address: Building No. 31, Dadiseth Agiyari Lane, Gaiwadi, Kalbadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400002
2. Maharashtrian Thali: Chetana, Fort
Being a Maharashtrian state, the thali has to come with giant portions of food. Chetana’s thali comes with fried snacks, vegetarian dishes, kokam sharbat, chapatis made from rice flour, daal, kadhi, rice, bakri and more accompaniments. This was just the limited thali option. If you’re going for the unlimited thali, you will be greeted with the state’s delicacies including fried snacks, 3 varieties of rice, 3-4 veg curry items, rotis/bakri/puris, daal, kadhi, and generous helpings of ghee.
Our Tip: All in all, the thali is a pleasure to the palate! Go here the next time you want to have authentic Maharashtrian thali!
Address: K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
3. Rajasthani Thali: Maharaja Bhog – Premium Veg Thali, Goregaon East
As you enter Maharaja Bhog, you will be given a welcome drink that will prepare you for 30 items in the thali. This place serves 30 menu items for each day. You can get started with deep fried papads, farsan and mini tikkis. Go ahead with staples like puri, roti, karela, biryani, dal khichdi, 2 types of kadhi, daal, 3 types of gravy and curd. But the main attraction is the desserts. Get prepared to be floored by Chickoo halwa, Seetaphal basundi and Rabdi malpua.
Our Tip: The place is a fantastic find, the mere opulence of it, the warmth of the people and the sweets on the plate will win your heart.
Address: First Floor, Haiko Mall, Central Ave, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400076
4. Malvani Thali: Sadichha, Bandra East
Sadichha is located in the bylanes of a Government Colony, bang opposite MIG Cricket Grounds. And even at that, it’s a blink and miss affair. Highly recommended is the prawns thali. It comes with prawns curry, sukke prawns, white rice, two chapattis and a dal. The Sukke prawns is a very generous portion of prawns, mixed with shredded coconut and some masala. As an accompaniment, the red chilli coconut chutney is awesome and a small bowl of solkadi adds tang to fire! You can also opt for a surmai thali, which has a large piece of fried Surmai replacing the prawns sukke, and fish curry replacing the prawns curry from the prawns thali. Sea-food lovers, this one’s got to be your ultimate find!
Price: ₹250 for Prawns Thali & ₹220 for a Surmai Thali
Address: B-5, Gandhi Nagar, Opposite Mig Cricket Club, Near Sai Baba Temple, Bandra(E), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400051
5. South Indian Thali: Ramanayak Udipi, Matunga East
Matunga is known for its numerous Udipi restaurants, and therefore it comes as no surprise that this place should have the best South Indian thali in Mumbai. They serve 2 kinds of thalis here – limited & unlimited. On request, they could serve your thali on a banana leaf (seems way more authentic than the steel plates!). Watching the waiter serve you is like watching a soldier in parade – precision & clockwork. The procession starts with serving of Salt and Pickle, 3 Vegetables, Fulka rotis, Rasam and sambhar, Curd , butter milk , Papad & Finally the sweet dish. They have a choice of Payasam or Shrikhand. Unfortunately, you can only get one per thali.
Our Tip: Anyone looking for non-spicy, simple yet varied, pure vegetarian and a delicious authentic Udupi, South Indian meal should definitely visit this place. On most days, you will find a waiting line, but do not be disheartened, a meal at this place is worth the wait!
Price: The unlimited thali costs ₹180.
Address: Shop No. 2/461-A, Ram Nivas, King’s Circle, Matunga East, Maheshwari Udyan, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400019
It seems like when it comes to Indian thalis, too much of a good thing is actually good. Go pig out on a plate or two!
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