Delicious modern Indian tapas at Thali restaurant.
This little gem just off Kloof Street in Cape Town’s Gardens, boasts some of the most delicious modern Indian tapas I have ever tasted and if you suffer from the dreaded Order Envy like me and can never decide what to order, (because you want to order everything) then this style of dining is perfect.
This four-course culinary extravaganza starts with a little snack of Aloo Tiki, which is a crisp, spiced potato patty – an amuse bouche if you will. The waiter leaves a bowl of masala salt and chilli which stays throughout the meal so that you can adjust the heat level of each dish to your own taste.
The second course is my favourite, not by long though. The heavy aroma of the Tandoori oven permeates the air as they bring it over to the table. This mouth watering second offering consists of Tandoori chicken skewers, tomato chilli jam, cucumber and coriander raita, Tandoori cauliflower, cumin cauliflower pureè with cashew nut and coconut salad. Then, a bowl of smoked Tadka Dhal – cooked lentils tempered with oil, fried spices and herbs as well as a generous serving of Paratha, sliced red onions and fresh lime.
The fish course is light and easy on the palate especially after already devouring two courses. Fried fish tacos and a delicate salad of trout sashimi with a Cape Malay dressing, coriander emulsion and saffron pickled onions.
Finally, a smokey lamb curry and Panch Phoran seafood curry which is served with a spiced rice and buttery naan bread. Nothing short of perfection!
Every dish is balanced, delicately spiced and nothing overpowers. We paired each course with a glass of wine from the extensive wine menu, recommended by the very knowledgeable waiter.
The atmosphere is warm, the service friendly and efficient.
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Reading your exacting description of each course took me right back there…..needless to say saliva is still dripping