World’s on your plate.
Love thalis? How about a chocolate one, a Chinese spread or a fusion feast?
For a foodie adventure, try thali with a twist.
It’s a classic format with great bang for your buck, and you can now get thalis in the city that offer a twist on the traditional meal. Sample an all-chocolate platter, for instance, featuring chocolate khakhra, soup and other items you didn’t know you needed to try. Or get a fusion-style thali featuring misal tacos and pizza-pav bhaji, here are some of Mumbai’s most unique thali offerings that give you the best of all worlds – in a way you didn’t expect.
Manipuri: features unique Manipuri dishes such as kangshoi vegetable stew, eronba chutney, roti dal and fried fish.
Where: Seven Springs, Vashi
Cost: Between Rs 150 and Rs 200
Assamese: the two varieties of thali available here include chicken jeera made with pepper sauce, and Indian carp cooked in mustard gravy.
Where: Bhogdoi, Assam Bhawan, Vashi
Cost: Rs 120
Maharaz: this thali includes Kashmiri specialties such as rogan josh, kokur takhni, gustaba and kahwa
Where: Poush, Phoenix MarketCity, Kurla
Cost: Rs 495
The chocolate thali – meant to shared by two – features a minimum of six chocolate dishes. These include a chocolate khakra, chocolate soup, chocolate shrikhand, chocolate orange Swiss roll and chocolate lollipop.
Where: Maker chamber V, Nariman Point
Cost: Rs 399
For fans of Indian-Chinese, it can often be a difficult choice between wontons and lollipops, or chowmein and fired rice. To clear such conflicts, Bandra establishment Sahibaan started the Chinese Thali.
For Rs 190, you get soup, chicken wontons, chicken lollipops, crispy noodles, egg rice, chicken noodles, a Manchurian curry and a soda to wash it all down. The food is non-greasy and light, and a vegetarian version costs Rs 160
Where: Sahibaan, Colaba, Bandra, Worli.
Cost: Rs 160 for veg, Rs 190 for Veg
Sab Kuch Thali
Jain SabKuchh, a food plaza inside bustling Churchgate station, lives up to its name. It serves everything from vada pav to burgers, Chinese noodles to samosas.
The pinnacle of these offerings is the Sabkuchh Ki Thali. Available in limited and unlimited formats, the thali brings together the best of Punjabi, Marwari and Maharashtrian food in 10 to 15 items. These include a Punjabi-style dal with spicy tadka and tomatoes, two Maharashtrian vegetables preparations, Marwari dal spiced with elaichi, and two desserts.
The SabKuchh Ki thali fulfils all the criteria – filling, diverse, but offering comfort food. The food is freshly-cooked behind the counter.
Where: Jain SabKuchh Thali Food Plaza, Churchgate Station,
Cost: Rs 114 for limited thali, Rs 175 for unlimited thali.
A Revolving Menu
A four month old Kemps Corner restaurant that is all-vegetarian, called 29, offers a Sappad Thali that began in January, it serves a celebratory meal from a different Indian region, rotating every three months. Offered on a Sunday only, the Sappad Thali kicks off with fare from Chettinad region.
The next meal on the rotation, to start this April, will be the mahaprasada thali, taking on classic temple food. After this will be a Bengali thali using classic fish preparations such as mustard curry for vegetables.
Where: 29, Mohammedbhay Mansion, near Cumballa Hill Hospital, Kemps Corner
Cost: Rs 550
Mexican, Italian Fusions
The Fusion Thali at Thane’s Hotel Tip Top serves more than 15 dishes – some Maharastrian, some European, some Mexican and some a bit of all. For instance, it includes tacos with misal filling, pav bhaji with pizza cheese and tomato sauce, and other fusion dishes.
Where: Hotel Tip Top, Panch Pakhadi, Thane
Cost: Rs 470