2nd Chances and a Thali

I had mercilessly dissed them almost two years back. I had a change of heart to see how things have fared with 800-THALI. After all, everybody deserves a second chance.

The menu online hasn’t changed, neither has the humour. What has changed, delightfully though, is the attitude of the staff taking the order. Gentleman made recommendations, wherever required, took down my order, repeated it without my egging and offered desserts to order! Thankfully, he didn’t seem like a man who needed to visit the nearest loo, as most other tele-stewards (I made that one up for those that take orders over the phone) in the UAE unfailingly do. He gave me time and that gives me a reason to smile.

I ordered the same Bhuna Gosht that I had ordered last time apart from Chicken Kadhai and Chapatis. Although the order reached me rather late, the food was warm and did not look traffic-fatigued. I must say I was impressed when the restaurant called me up twice to tell me of the delay.

Now for the food – the chapatis are just what you need after a hard day’s work – absolutely home-made sorts. Full marks. The mutton was cooked to the right degree and the gravy was rich and flavourful. The salt was a bit on the higher side but I would give them the benefit of the doubt.

Overall, 800-THALI seems to have eaten the humble pie and piped down their tone. I have 2 earnest suggestions to make.

One: refresh the menu.

Two: with a name like 800-THALI, make your thalis available round the clock and not just during lunch time.

Residents in JLT have a reason to rejoice as 800-THALI is readying to open doors to dine-in customers from mid-April. For more call toll-free on 800-84254 or visit 800thali.com.

While on thalis, here’s a place that is a haven for vegetarians wanting to eat a lavish thali that is fit for a king!

Maharaja Bhog Premium Thali
Maharaja Bhog Premium Thali

Maharaja Bhog, located next to Ansar Gallery in Karama, is a delightful den for a vegetarian option, especially if one wants to experience an Indian sit down feast.

Highlights are flavours from Gujarat and Rajasthan. Portion controlled (although you can ask for seconds and thirds), delicious and filling. I was particularly happy in the detailing of the preparations for example the carom seeds in the ‘puri’ – puffed, shallow fried Indian bread is delightful.
Not sure if it is a very child-friendly place, but a good option for dining with family and friends.
Expect a waiting time before you get to eat.

Call 04 2790300 extension 201 (reservation recommended)

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Also published on http://www.masala.com/the-best-thalis-in-town-190622.html

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