Stumble upon Thali in Clifton and you'll be treated to three floors of divine aromas, tiffin-tin-tinkling and a deft fusion of Georgian architecture - think high ceilings, sash windows and utilitarian terracotta-tiled flooring married with a seriously psychadelic mural, warming colour schemes and tinted glass light shades straight from the subcontinent. More intimate than it's Easton or Southville siblings, it's also decidedly more eccentric - adorning the precipitous corner to Hensman's Hill with a hopscotch of light, pot plants and smiley diners atop their wooden pews.
Across Bristol, Thali has established itself as a successful small-scale independent chain specialising in - yes, you guessed it - Thalis and small plates. Though this may sound like a recipe for bigger branding and bulk-made meals, owner Jim has managed the unmanageable and stayed true to their original values. Way back in 1990, this enterprising lot started a campaign for tiffin traditions across UK festivals, starting with a truck at Glastonbury. The success of the venture led to a permanent outlet set up on a cosy Montpelian corner. Thali continued to grow in popularity, as Bristolians discovered and came to love the big, beautiful, colourful food which the gang consistently deliver.
It's fair to say that Thali have become a truly integral part of the Bristol food scene, working hard to give back to the community that has welcomed them in with open arms. In October 2017, the Thali gang picked up the prestigious Sustainable Restaurant Association's 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' award, thanks to their amazing reusable thali system. Want to join the 10,000 happy customers helping Thali to reduce their waste? Simply purchase a delicious, curry-filled multi-layered metal thali tin, and keep returning to Thali to have it refilled. An honest, rewarding reason to keep coming back for more delicious nosh! What's more, their chicken is free range, their fish is sustainably sourced, and they use seasonal, organic, locally produced fresh produce where possible.
The Express lunch Chicken Thali was sumptuous. Big chunks of chicken. Very friendly staff.
Great food, very reasonable price!
Delicious food and such good value. Will definitely go again.
Very delicious and authentic Indian food.
Great restaurant, great food, great atmosphere!
Amazing quality food and sustainably sourced too! Would bring friends and family visiting Bristol here :)