3.3 / 1 vote

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Upscale North Indian bar-restaurant

Restaurant, Bar

Standard North Indian foods including dishes made with potato, chickpeas, okra and more.

Dishes that are vegan or can be made vegan include:

-Gobi manchurian
-Bhindi Masala (okra)
-Chole Peshwari (chickpeas)
-Aloo gobi
-Vegetable Jalfraize (ask them to omit the paneer)
-Baigan bhurtha
-Bagar dal

Added by conde.kedar on Jan 28 11 (last updated Dec 26 12)

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Thali serves competent North Indian food in a nice environment. I really like the bar area of the restaurant, in particular. The servers are also friendly and helpful about what dishes are vegan and which are not.

That said, the food is inconsistent. The first time I went I had the gobi manchurian appetizer and it was excellent: crispy, savory and addictive in an onion and tomato spiced sauce. The second time I went the dish was served lukewarm and looked like cauliflower doused in sticky, sugary ketchup.

Similarly, the first time I got their chole (chickpeas) dish I was impressed; the second time, the flavors fell flat.

The portion sizes are small, too, considering the prices of the dishes. This place definitely isn't a good value, and the food isn't interesting enough (or unique from any other generic North Indian restaurant) to warrant a stronger recommendation. How come they don't have any dishes with tofu or seitan? How about a soy yogurt lassi made with pomegranate? How about a homemade chai with rice milk? Thali takes no risks and therefore fails.

If Thali were more consistent, had rare dishes (or dishes I couldn't get at any other Indian restaurant in town) and lower prices, I'd give it another star. As it stands, it falls short. If you want respectable North Indian food, go to Zaroka in New Haven instead.

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Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$$ - expensive


  • American Express Discover MasterCard Visa


  • Indian (Northern)


  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Romantic



noon - 10pm
noon - 11pm
noon - 9:30pm

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