Thali

4.3
128 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Indian
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  • Authentic
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Fit for Foodies
Located on the Old Brompton Road in South Kensington, Thali serves up authentic dishes from throughout India, many with an appealing modern twist. The grazing style restaurant focuses mainly on North Indian cuisine but also showcases curries and tandoori specials. The menus are based on family recipes, handed down through generations, and enhanced by head chef Dila Ram. We love the sound of tandoori wild boar, for example, or snow crab patties with mint, coriander and spices. The thali offers a selection of dishes, as does the tasting menu – both provide a good introduction. The décor, an interesting mix of cosmopolitan London meets the mystery of the East, ensures Thali attracts a vibrant mix of local foodies and fashionistas. Diners looking for a casual bite are welcomed upstairs to the candlelit restaurant, while the ground floor is reserved for private dining. Check out the extensive wine list, but don’t leave without sampling Thali’s award-winning cocktails!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 3pm, 6:30pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
020 7373 2626
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Dila Ram
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Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine
What 128 People Are Saying
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G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favourite local restaurant! Go for the small plates and don’t miss the palak chaat, lamb chop and baigan ka bartha. This place never fails to deliver. Knocks the other Indians in the neighbourhood out of the park!

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KW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food at a very high quality with nice staff and a great location.

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b
Miami
83 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good but the portions are very skimpy. We are. Not big eaters but with each we kept wondering where is the other half

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OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good local Indian restaurant. Authentic food and reasonable prices.

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LE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Thali while in London on the recommendation of friends, and weren’t disappointed! They had a broad selection of dishes, and the food was delicious! The service was also excellent. I’d definitely recommend it!

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LC
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing authentic Indian food - service was fantastic

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JR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been here many times. Excellent selection of dishes so a different food experience. Favourites are Tandoori Salmon starter and also Scallop starter. Very good lamb mains. In season the Venison Bhuna is splendid. The Byriani Lamb was really good. I always always drink the Mitchell Peppertree Shiraz!

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R
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

They must have been having an off night as our experience did not match the ratings from others. The food was good, but not outstanding, and the service was pleasant but slow and unattentive, just a good local Indian.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Our meal was excellent -- one of the best Indian meals we've ever had. The service was wonderful as well. Delicious starters and main courses. Not one bad note. This was our last meal in London and it was memorable.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food came almost an hour after we entered, The starters were far too small compared to other Indian restaurants and finally, on giving the change we were not given an itemised bill.

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JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been to Thali a number of times and I always find the experience to be a good one. This time I tried the Tandoori Salmon starter which was very tasty. Mains included Chokandar Gohst andLamb Rogan Josh which were both very good. Gaarlic Naan was delicious. Paid the extra for a decent wine. The food derserves it!

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SK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When visiting London I always try to have an Indian meal at least once and happened on Thali because i was staying in the neighborhood and it was recommended. I have to say it was the finest Indian meal i've had and so good that I returned the next night to enjoy the place one more time. My waiter was very helpful, provided useful and very satisfying recommendations. Overall a great spot.

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FC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lamb chops ever
We will definitely come back again and again

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. High quality. Great popadoms & chutneys, which is generally an indicator as to the overall quality of the restaurant. We will definitely be back!

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PO
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First class! enjoyed our (First) experience of Thali. Food good but starter portions, for the price, were a bit on the small side. Mains were tasty and well presented. Overall it was a pleasant experience and would go back again!

Peter O'Connell

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was SUPER slow and disorganised. The food was very good, but everything took ages to arrive. We all were starving....deserts were mediocre.
I would recommend Thali for the quality of their food, but will also advise to eat something before you go there, as even having some popadoms will take 30min to arrive.

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P
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian food I’ve every had

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B
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I have visited Thali a number of times in the last few weeks and that's not because there are a lack of alterantives in Chelsea if you want Indian cuisine. There are in fact plenty. Thali above any other consideration is about the excellent and tasteful food they serve here, reasonably priced, which is consistently of a very high quality indeed. The restaurant is best described as cosy, possibly because invariably it is always full and in that regard it is better to book in advance rather than simply turn up, particularly for Dinner towards the weekend or at the weekend.

The staff are friendly and polite, and there is a happy vibe to the place !

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NN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was one of the best Indian food my partner and I have ever had!

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M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our hotel recommended Thali to us as they had been themselves. It was worth every single bite. Our reservation was initially for 8pm but we arrived earlier and they were very accommodating. I went with the server's food recommendation and was not disappointed. Loved my dish and loved my husband's too ! :)
Service was great, the location was convenient off the tube stop.
Overall, simply loved our choice!

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Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Extensive starters menu and small main course menu, would benefit from the restaurant engaging more with the customers and perhaps suggesting two started instead of a main and talk about the thali's more. Has potential. Also felt the main courses were all same sauce didn't matter what you ordered.... which might explain the small main course menu.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The food is always good, one of the best curries however when you want Desi style it's difficult to get them to cook you the adequate flavour and spice. Service is however very poor. They made us wait at the front of the restaurant standing for ages and started off by giving us a table either by the door, with a huge draft or bit the toilets. In the end, after a lot of discussions, we got a good table.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! It's the 2nd time to go to Thali for dinner and it never dissapoints!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great service

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fantastic Thalis. If you like spicy, try the Fish Thali. Do reserve. Very popular.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not fault this restaurant when looking for authentic Indian, will certainly be back the next time we are in London

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London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was average and very expensive for the portion size, and also compared to other good Indians. However the real problem was that we ordered perhaps 15 items between 4 people, and were not served a single one of them for the first hour! They took ages to do anything we asked them to do, like clearing the table and the bill. When the bill finally did come it had a cheeky service charge on top, whereas we had clearly expressed our dissatisfaction with the service we were provided with.
Not recommended, especially when London is full of much better indian food with much faster service!

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ND
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food, not big portions, service à bit too slow.

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P
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great selection of food and worked out good for our family visit. We were able to try a number of different dishes and the service was excellent. Unfortunately, we were there during a heatwave and the restaurant did not have air-conditioning.

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K
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is amazing and just the right amount of spice. We will definitely go back.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Thali is a cut above the average Indian, with some innovative dishes and attentative service. Everything is freshly prepared and the flavours are subtle and unusual. Prices are a bit higher than the other Indian restaurants in the area, but one gets what one pays for and does not feel "ripped off".

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London
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food relatively uneven with delicious naan and fish, and highly dissapointing raita and lassi.
The rest was ok.
Service not particularly warm but not rude either.
Not a great experience overall. I wouldn't recommend as you have star of india right opposite and which is clearly better and same value

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love this place, food is amazing, the service is perfect, good wine menu.
I've been there 4 times now and it is always perfect !

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London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here many times as it is so close to me. My family and I usually take our guests here when we go out. The food is amazing and the service is even better. It is not just your typical indian restaurant but they take every aspect and make sure to perfect it and we are always very pleased when we dine there!

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G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a regular here and love it. Fantastic small plates, don't miss the palak chaat and lamb chops.

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RV
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service- this indian restaurant has an amazing menu. This was our second visit to thali and we had the traditional indian (veg) thali. It comes with an amazing array of decent sized portions of food comprising a combination of breads, curries, rice and a dessert portion. Highly recommended.

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ND
London
14 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Interesting Indian restaurant with subtle tasting dishes.
So small portions and need a bit more details on the spicyness of the dishes.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Tasty interesting food, excellent friendly service

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K
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is well reviewed on Trip Advisor and we wanted to try an Indian restaurant in Kensington somewhat near Harrods. We had a 7 PM reservation and arrived right on time. The restaurant was not yet full (it did fill towards 7:30-8 PM) yet we were seated quite near the door and it was cold out. Yes, we could have asked to change tables, but I dislike making a fuss over seating. The evening got better. The food is delicious and you can easily make a dinner out of small plates or they will create a meal from a small plate. I am not an expert on Indian food, but I would offer that the traditional dishes are available as well as those with a modern twist. The staff will happily make suggestions and they were friendly and efficient.

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s
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Thali twice now and each time food was delicious. Staff are very friendly and service is great. Will definitely be making this one of our regulars.

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