Permanently Closed - Talli Joe

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£25 and under
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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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3.4based on recent ratings
3.4
food
3.1
service
3.3
ambience
2.9
value
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57% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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RadA
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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mcmc
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience3

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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PrashanthR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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AmitM
Hertfordshire
20 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience5

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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Wozz27
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience4

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

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Melty
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall3food5service1ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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occasional
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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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vipGeorgiaO
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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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Indraneef
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall2food1service1ambience1

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

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AshiP
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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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anonymous
London
53 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience3

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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vipTimH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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vipjp90
London
27 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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ShamithaS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and ambience , enjoyed the cocktails worth trying

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vipfarmersto
London
100 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
London
18 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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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RogerG
London
13 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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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IanD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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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AmirR
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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RanjanaB
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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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vipJohn
London
10 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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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HassanK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience4

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

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vipBoroughGal
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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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vipBenedictH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall4food5service1ambience3

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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RNCA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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funkyfoodie
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Nisha
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MariaT
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience2

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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LISO
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience2

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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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

All was superb !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall3food1service3ambience4

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

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SohiniC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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JohnH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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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MSG70
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Österreich
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice staff, good food

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Permanently Closed - Talli Joe is rated 3.4 stars by 108 OpenTable diners.