The Thali Cafe was born nearly 15 years ago in the fields of Summer music festivals. Inspired by our travels in India and disappointed with the Indian food we found in restaurants back home, we decided to introduce the UK to authentic Indian street food.
The word “Thali” refers to the way meals are eaten in India – where a selection of healthy, delicious and nutritious dishes are served together on one plate – and also to the stainless steel, compartmentalised dishes they’re served on.
When we started out on the festival circuit we served just one dish, our signature Northern Thali, to hungry festival goers all over the UK. This authentic Indian dish was such a hit that we decided to open our first permanent Thali Cafe in Bristol’s Montpelier a year later.