My husband and I have gone to Thali for the all you can eat buffet at lunch, which is super yummy, but tonight was our first time for dinner. We met up as a family there because my daughter won a $50 gift certificate for Thali after I put her in charge of our raffle tickets at the Women Helping Girls auction while I emceed. She put a great number of tickets in the box for an Indian-themed gift basket because she knows how much her father loves Indian food; I know, she's pretty awesome!
So, we had a lot of gift certificate to burn through, a delicious task.
My daughter started with chicken soup, which had a wonderfully warm spiciness to it with a slightly limey-tomato base with cilantro, onions, and good sized chunks of chicken. She had the chicken tikka masala (mild). Theirs is less tomato-y and slightly more creamy than I've had elsewhere, maybe a bit more like butter chicken. Filled with chicken and lots of onions and green peppers; again, a really warm, spicy sweet taste.
My son had the longstanding Indian delicacy chicken tenders and fries. He is not a fan of this cuisine, outside of garlic naan, which he could eat all day--as can his sister. Thali's naan was a bit hit; we had 2 orders.
My husband ordered the tandoori mixed grill with chicken and lamb and more chicken subbed for shrimp (blech!). It was a lot of food: traditional tandoor chicken legs and a few yogurt marinated kabobs in chicken and lamb, all paired with onions and green peppers. And, it came with a side of chicken curry. He requested medium, but it seemed to be mild. The curry was a bit sweet for me, though that didn't stop it from disappearing from his plate.
I wanted to add a vegetable dish to the table, so I went with eggplant bhartha (medium)--a smoky eggplant mixed with grilled onions and tomatoes spiked with bright green peas. It had a dense, rich curry flavor. I'd never had it before and loved it, as did my husband. It really packed a kick, so the heat had several layers. Nice!
As always, I ordered raita. Thali's is a bit thinner than I like my raita, but it was tasty.
So, an appetizer, three major entrees, a kiddie meal, two orders of naan, and a side of raita--plus a chai and a soft drink--and we left for about $55. Or, as my daughter noted, dinner "cost" us $5 plus tip. We walked away with a mini-Indian feast of leftovers for my husband's lunch, too.
The verdict: "we need to come back for dinner more often," my daughter!