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About Thali Regional Cuisine of India - New Haven
THALI is an innovative restaurant in New Haven whose chef, Prasad Chirnomula, is determined to change the way you think about Indian food. Dishes come from all over India. Rated excellent by The New York Times. The service is gracious and careful, with an eye toward educating the clientele. Eating at Thali is like taking a crash course in the diversity of Indian cuisines , and it is tremendous fun. As good as the food is here, the desserts stand out. Roomy and well lit, with comfortable, attractive chairs. Lounge has low tables for more intimate seating. THE SPACE Roomy and well lit, with comfortable, attractive chairs. Lounge has low tables for more intimate seating. Wheelchair access. THE CROWD Quiet, urban, a little dressy. THE BAR Full bar and well-priced wine list with great choice of Austrian, German and Alsatian whites that are excellent with spicy food; appealing selection of specialty cocktails.
New Haven, CT 06510
Indian, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12:00pm-2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm-9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Custom Menus for any occasion, special theme parties, Tandoori Nights and or Curry Parties.
Street and private lot. Parking validated in the private lot.
New Haven train Station is ten minutes walk.
Prasad Chirnomula Chef / Owner
Private Party Facilities:
we have two Private Dining Rooms for business, corporate and private functions. Chef tasting menus and or pre-fix dinners and wine tasting regional Indian cuisine dinners.
Private Party Contact:
Prasad Chirnomula: (203) 777-1177
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Thali Regional Cuisine of India - New Haven Ratings and Reviews
We had some apps, masala chai, and two entrees. They were all amazing and piping hot! The chicken pieces are large and perfectly cooked, very juicy. The blend of seasonings is spectacular and moist rice a great complement. We only tried one of the naans and look forward to trying more in the future. Thali does a wonderful job at doing what they do best!
Have been coming here for years and they have come a long way in , elevating their standards in menu development, pricing and crowd attraction. We were there on a Saturday night; it was very busy and they were overwhelmed. But, service was friendly and our meals very good.
Thali's food and atmosphere are a cut above the typical Indian restaurant, but the prices are a bit higher as well. We went for a pre-theater dinner on a Saturday night and were glad we got there at 5:45, beating the crowd. By 6:30 it was packed. We liked the minty Palak Pakora "chat" for an appetizer along with a spicy cauliflower dish. The Coconut Saag Lamb Curry was also very good. The service was attentive and prompt. It is in a trendy neighborhood and we found street parking easily, although there is a public garage next door as well. We like Heirloom the best but it is impossible to get a pre-theater table there on a Saturday night unless you plan ahead, something we are not very good at!
The food here was entirely mediocre. I had heard good things but was ultimately disappointed. The temperature of the food was slightly more than warm, I even wondered whether the samosas were just poorly reheated. My daughter requested that her dish be spicy but it was mild. The only good thing was that it was quiet enough to talk but I suspect that was because it was not full. I would not return unless I had no other option.
Just great Indian food coupled with superior service. The lamb biryani was delicious and filled with lamb and the chicken tika was outstanding! The nan was piping hot and the lassi was creamy and flavorful. Whenever we're in New Haven, it's a must stop restaurant that offers consistently excellent food!
My husband and I have been to Thali about 20 times in the past two years and the food has been consistently excellent whether it's a meat or vegetarian dish. The spices are distinct and flavorful but not overpowering. The Gobi Manchurian appetizer makes you forget you're eating cauliflower and their lamb chop is pure heaven. Select any of the biryani dishes and you will not be disappointed. In addition, the wait staff is extremely courteous, helpful and attentive.
Indian food is a favorite of mine when done well, and everything here was done well. We went for an early lunch to just catch up and enjoy the afternoon. This place was perfect. Service was good without being intrusive. Everything we ordered was delicious, and easy to share. The wine was delightful. Would definitely do this again.
Had an excellent dinner here with my girlfriend. We went for a date night and had a great time. Everything was excellent as noted by the five stars. Biggest tip is that on Sundays they do a lunch buffet where the whole menu is available to sample. We will definitely be back because everything on the menu sounded worth eating. I will also not the service was superb, attentive, and the staff was very attentive.
Based on reviews, I expected to be wowed. I wasn't. I liked the buffet more than my husband did (he would have given 2 stars). Waited forever to get water. And the naan came after we had finished our meal. This despite the fact that there were several servers. Will not return.
Great food and they have an amazing list of adventurous cocktails. Went to celebrate Father's day lunch buffet. There was a huge selection of food and lots of wonderful dishes but they did run out of some items rather early in the buffet time frame. I saw some disappointed customers. I was fine since what they had was already enough. I guess if you want to be sure to try everything, go early. But considering what you get, the lunch buffet is super for those who want to try out lots of different dishes. Dinner prices are much higher.
I took my wife here for a valentines day dinner since she loves Indian food so much. I on the other hand had reservations. I looked over the menu ahead of time and saw some items I liked. I ordered the roasted duck and she the lamb. I just dove in and tried everything that was on the table. I was impressed as the duck was not fatty and reminded me of a pork loin. Weird thing is I havent had pork in over 30 years. The lamb came out like giant lamb pops and were seasoned to perfection. All in all I recommend this place and will be making a return visit soon.
We haven't been for Indian food for several years and tried Thalia after the Best of CT magazine came out naming it #1 in CT. It was excellent, the waiter was very helpful, explaining various dishes, and making my wife's entree slightly less hot. Nice wines by the glass and beer list. All around enjoyable.
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