Talli Joe

3.5
109 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
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  • Casual
  • Spicy
  • Quick Bite

Talli Joe is an all-day drinking and dining venue, in a buzzy, casual setting on Shaftesbury Avenue. The team here uses halfplates and fulldrinks to present a new avatar of India on your table.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I couldn’t really have an experience at Talli Joe as the restaurant was closed for refurbishing (car crashed into restaurant 2 weeks before so the restaurant was closed without any mention of when it might reopen - we didn’t even hear that from the restaurant, it was from someone else next to it as the location was completely closed)

It was a really poor customer experience to see the restaurant as open everywhere online only to realise it’s closed when our group got there and we had nowhere to go (also on one of the colder evenings of January); we did find an impromptu location afterwards and had a good time, no thanks to Talli Joe.

So, if you want to go there (I’ve been previously and food was indeed good) call beforehand - which I guess defeats the purpose of making a booking on opentable?

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E
London
34 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant was closed although Open Table allowed you to book through their site. This ruined a pre cinema meal booked for four where we had to waste time trawling Covent Garden for a last minute table for four on a busy Friday night. Poor service from both Talli Joe and Open Table so very disappointed.

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RA
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We weren’t able to dine here because the restaurant was shut. We were a party of 6 and had to find last minute reservation. It was one of the girls birthday and this ruined it. Open table didn’t call to notify that the restaurant is shut. This is very poor. Opentable was still advertising this restaurant as having table despite the restaurant was shut. Open table should better advertise the correct information.

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m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Overpriced for v small stingy portions. For example, a single serving of 150ml of masala chai was unremarkable in taste and cost £3 each (!!)

It was empty on a Sat except a couple of other tables - v slow service.

Definitely not going there again!!

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Some restraints are about the food, the art of food. Others are a tourist trap money mill. This feels and tastes like the later.

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PR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu doesn’t label foods with gluten appropriately. Otherwise the food was tasty and spicy.

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AM
Hertfordshire
20 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Starters are great. Mains can be very heavy with thick suace and quite spiced even for an Indian palatte.

Food is a creative twist to Indian curry. Brilliant. Could be toned down a bit on the use of cloves without losing taste.

Goan fish is brilliant. Lamb main is tasteful. Usually Need some more bread or rice with the mains. Portion size of mains are good. One main would work for 2 people especially given it’s a bit spiced and heavy.

Starters are better although cocktails are incredible.

Was surprised that there were not many people after 7pm. Yet service was a let down.

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W
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The experience we had here was atrocious - not one of the waiters (all eastern europeans) spoke any English, where miming salt and pepper pots brought us a chilli bottle; the orders were mixed up or duplicated; the food tasted terrible, the portions tiny (for the price); the noise level was way too high; we wanted a mix of set menu and a la carte, the waiter got into a tizz saying we could not do this, all HAD to be one or the other, yet nowhere on the menus did it write that. The only comfort was the stressed-out manager, who bless her spoke a little English so we could convey our frustration at it all. A pity as we then had to leave the poor-tasting food for a nearby McDonalds; embarrassing as we had planned a great night out. How the heck Talli Joe got voted best Indian in London baffled all of us, they have such a prime location yet service and food were really poor - I would never ever go there again, any eaterie in London HAS to be better than this disastrous place.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Great service and friendly staff and nice ambience. But good wasn’t great, expected better taste.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Great food and ambience, bad service.
When we first arrived with a confirmed booking and in time of our booking, the mananger apologizes saying that he cannot accommodate us because there are no tables. Not apologetic at all really, told us there’s nothing he can do, that thenopen table confirmation email wasn’t good enough. Eventually gave us a table.
Mains took 1.5 hours arrive. A side order of roti/naan took 25 mins, after which they served us “pav” bread which the waitress says they consider the same as roti. Poorly trained!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cuando llegamos no tenían la reserva en el sistema pero nos buscaron una mesa y nos ayudaron mucho las camareras que además sabían castellano!

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o
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Nice evening. The food is very tasty but the service is poor. They just need more staff. Plates are plonked down on the table and the waitress muttered what is was and had run off before we could confirm what it was. When the idea of the place is lots of sharing plates it is nice to know what each plate is.

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GO
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The kitchen wasn't able to deliver all of our food. Dishes came separately, which would be fine as it's tapas. But we were specifically told to order a half main and a side. But these came separately, so the bread arrived after we'd eaten the main. One of our sides never arrived. The service staff were very nice and did their best in the circumstances.

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I
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad n late service m too Loud food was not street food

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AP
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food at best average. Service was fine to start with but once they got busy the service became poor. Beer was warm and they failed to give dishes we had ordered. Trust me there are far better Indian street food places to eat.

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n
London
49 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

CHECK THE BILL! This is my second time visiting Talli Jo's, and although the food is amazing, the service is quite bad. The bill came and it had extra bottle of wine we never ordered and some item that isn't even on the menu. This is the second time this happens to me.

If you ever go here, be patient as service is slow, and always CHECK THE BILL

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TH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant was closed for refurbishment despite having taken the booking for 6 earlier that morning.

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j
London
20 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked a reservation a week ago, the restaurant was closed when we arrived. The restaurant even texted me prior to the booking to confirm my attendance and did not update me that the restaurant was closed.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and ambience , enjoyed the cocktails worth trying

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f
London
88 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We came here hoping for some decent Indian cooking and weren't disappointed (except by the daal which was one of the worst I've ever had!). The food was interesting and used a range of flavours well. We had a lovely meal, just would steer away from the side dishes next time and stick to the small and half plates!

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OT
London
17 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, small plates better than larger ones. Good amount of spice to most of the dishes.
Not the best selection of drinks, and quite expensive as well.
Service was hit and miss throughout. Especially trying to get a table, and being initially refused when the restaurant visibly had tables available.

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RG
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is always very good at Talli Joe's but the volume of the music is just too loud, particularly if you get there before it is busy. The wine is a bit expensive for what it is and lacks variety.

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ID
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Table for 7 Bar tiny so cannot hold a few people. Wine v expensive for a group out for celebrations. Food super and service flexible and accommidating but very busy.
So great fun with a heavy bill.

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

food was really good a little on the expensive side but it was flavoursome

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RB
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was nice, but staff didn’t seem to know what was and wasn’t available. Otherwise good service but not child friendly.
Really good choice of cocktails

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J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Surprisingly good food, good service, but an odd atmosphere. The decor is all a bit strange, and the early 2000s chart music was far too loud for a restaurant at lunchtime.

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HK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Poor quality Indian food, not great flavours. Meat was tough and cocktails tasted horrid

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BG
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

If you are in need of a quick tasty snack pre-theatre this will work well. The food was very tasty with lovely different flavours of Indian cuisine across the menu. The drinks are overpriced in comparison to other restaurants in this area. It is a shame but what could be a great place is let down by its service. From the manager/owner in the suit to staff members it feels a very hurried rather than welcoming experience and there feels to be a general lack of attentiveness to customers.

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BH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Good great but service was really poor. Staff we had didn’t know the menu or speak English that well, so made communicating menu choices very painful

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RN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had the pre- theatre menu which was good value, but be aware the food must be ordered by 6.30pm latest. This menu was good value, but felt the drinks are pricey. Staff were attentive and friendly.

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f
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great buzzy ambience combined with some authentic Indian flavours. Never disappoints with the food quality, and service has been improved a lot compared to our last visit. We were served by an indian lady who had been very attentive at all times.
We would suggest to pay little bit more attention for any special occasion like Birthday or Anniversary on the booking note and offer a small dessert with complements.
Drinks are priced on higher side and Kary Collins is worth trying.
Non-alcoholic selection lacks innovative drinks. Overall, a very satisfying experience and would return soon.

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N
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table for a friend's birthday and the service was great. I mixed up numbers and the staff helped us with a bigger table. They were also able to put together a gluten free option for the party menu for a coeliac that was with us. And they threw in a bottle of prosecco for free for the birthday girl. The food was really good and the party menu was great value for money - I'd definitely recommend it!

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MT
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Worst service I have ever seen. Even though it was early on Monday night and the restaurant was half full, we waited over half an hour for our meal. Half of the dishes we ordered did not come at all or came with long intervals so we could not enjoy a meal together. After we asked for the missing food from our order, we had to wait for another half an hour for it to arrive. The waiters did not offer any apology or explanation.
We asked for the curries to be mild (which we were assured can be done) and yet they came really spicy and hot, with about a table spoon of rice. We then asked for some bread to finish the curry with, but that took half hour to arrive as well, so did not make any sense either. We refused to pay the service charge. Definitely avoid.

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LI
London
14 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was good but not sure about the place itself. The music was too loud, it’s a bit confused. The service was not perfect but waitress was really nice.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

All was superb !

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

All 5 of the party felt extremely sick the night and day after eating here. Definitely would not visit again

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SC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our second visit and we had great fun. Food is always amazing here and after 3 bottles of wine I believe we were a bit too loud given the fact that it was an old friends get-together but the staff were very good 🙂🙂

I am looking forward to visit soon sometime.

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JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, shame about the lack of beer choice. Just 2 choices of small bottled beers. No draught and very pricey and not cold. Spices food needs pints of beer.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had a delicious and promptly served meal before theatre. Great value Indian in the heart of London.

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MS
London
13 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reception was a bit hit and miss but after that things went smoothly. Food was great and the cocktails in good form. Recommended.

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