Thali Cafe

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 Thali Cafe has become a bit of a Bristol institution since then, with four further restaurants opening in Clifton, Easton, Totterdown and most recently Southville. We’ve grown gradually, staying faithful to the principles we built the business on whilst continually improving what we do and how we do it. The Thali Cafe

Plenty of vegan-friendly options. They do a dairy-free thali (dhal, rice, veg curry, tomato salsa, raw salad). Plenty of starters/sides are vegan and delicious too: the red pepper pakoras, potato bondas, aloo paratha, samosas… The dhaal is really nice too. I found the service in the Clifton branch a bit lacking, and much preferred the service and atmosphere of the Southville one.

1 Regents Street, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4HW

64-66 St. Marks Road, Easton, Bristol BS5 6JH

12 York Road, Montpelier, Bristol BS6 5QE

Tobacco Factory, North Street, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF

1 William Street, Totterdown, Bristol BS3 4TU

4 thoughts on “Thali Cafe

  1. If you go with a bunch of friends or just as a couple, make sure to get their homemade chutneys, some of them are vegan and absolutely delicious.


  2. Tried the Easton branch the other day for lunch, on recommendation of a friend. Never had a Thali before but as it’s their signature dish I had to try it. It was a delicious selection of 5 different things (rice, curry, dhal, 2 salads, dip etc) – all so tasty and fresh. I really liked this café – the atmosphere is relaxed and it has a comfy lounging area as well as tables. Vegan dishes can be picked out by looking for V for veggie along with D for dairy-free, but the pleasant staff fully understand vegan anyway so it’s not a problem. I thought £11 was a little pricey for lunch – but saying that, I would treat myself again!


  3. Want curry? Look no further than Thali – their dairy free thali is vegan and absolutely delicious. You get an array of dishes, including a curry, rice, salad, and dhal. Always a nice atmosphere, and if you buy a tiffin you can get thalis to take home!


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