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The Thali Cafe Montpelier

Restaurants, Vegetarian
3 out of 5 stars
thali cafe
© Chris Hoare
thali cafe
© Chris Hoare
thali cafe
© Chris Hoare

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Indian restaurant serving a range of veggie and meat thali. Its popularity has seen it open up several outlets around the city

Since launching 15 years ago, the Thali Café has become one of Bristol’s greatest culinary success stories. Initially focusing on selling home-made Indian street food at summer festivals, the business now includes four low-key, laidback restaurants across Bristol, and a thriving takeaway service built around re-usable tiffin tins. According to the owners, some 10,000 Bristolians now own their own Thali tiffins – a remarkable fact, if true.

For first-timers, the Montpellier branch – tucked away on the corner of York Street and Picton Street – is the best way to sample the unique atmosphere and menu. The first restaurant to open, it is small, intimate and quirky, with a relaxed atmosphere that suits their rustic, home-style menu.

The emphasis is on ordering one of their numerous Thali dishes, which feature regionally themed meat or vegetarian dishes main courses, accompanied by numerous small side dishes, rice and raita.

Whether you choose to pop into one of their four branches, or invest in a re-usable tiffin tin and opt for a takeaway, the Thali Café’s greatest calling card is its casual nature. What they offer is no-nonsense, well-cooked comfort food, in a relaxed environment. It’s no wonder it has become something of a Bristol institution.

By: Matt Anniss



Address: 12 York Road
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6-11pm; Sat-Sun 10am-11pm

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