Across Bristol, the Thali Café has established itself as a successful small-scale chain. Though this may sound like a recipe for bigger branding and bulk-made meals, owners Sid, Sam and Jim have managed the unmanageable and stayed true to original values. Way back in 1990 this enterprising trio started a campaign for tiffin traditions across UK festivals. The success of the venture led to a permanent outlet set up on a cosy Montpelian corner.
‘Thali’ is the Hindi term for ‘plate’; traditionally a large silver dish acting as base for a selection of meat or veggie mini platters, chapattis, chutneys and parantha style breads. And this is as far as this paragraph can go; it’s too complicated and we have the aid of some excellent photographs. However, the fresh juices and creamy lassis – including an exotic Jaipur Strawberry and Rosewater mix – balance spicier dishes, whilst cocktail o’clock at selected outlets between 5pm and 7pm is a perfect chill out time before turning up the thali heat.