Went to Totterdown for a meal last week, love the decor in this place, lot less steamy, chicer than the montpelier branch. Great friendly service, we got there early (gets very busy as people decide they can't be bothered to cook dinner).
What else can I say except, NOM!
People rave about this place, one of Bristol's celebrity restaurants (by which I mean that people from outside of the city have heard of it), this is an Indian restaurant that's broken the usual mould of cheap take-aways and questionable muzak. They also have stalls at festivals (hence the travelling part of the name), which are definitely a much better option than the usual overprices burger and chips.
Food is served on a metal tray type thing that always reminds me of TV dinners. Their very keen, on sustainably and locally sourced food. It's reasonably priced, filling, and healthy. A very satisfying meal. Takeaway food is served in a 'tiffin', a sort of large metal tin that keeps your food warm.
They have live music on Sundays which is very popular. Its usually some sort of world music (a vague description, I know, but the mix on offer is pretty eclectic). An afternoon sat down with a curry listening to something more laid back is highly recommended. Check their website to see what sort of thing is coming up.
Thali is rightly a source of Bristol pride that serves good food ethically sourced.
Isn't it always the way? You're a little drunk and aimlessly wandering around an area of town you don't usually go to, when you happen upon some place you've never seen before and ask yourself, how long has that place been there?
At night you can't really miss The One Stop Thali Café, so the fact it has taken me this long to spot it is quite astounding. You can't book a table so you simply have to rock up and hope there's room for you and your party, but if you do get a sitting you won't be disappointed. Well you might be, but it depends on what you're looking for.
The One Stop Thali Café isn't like your traditional Indian restaurant. First off, it is situated in a somewhat artsy area of Bristol (William St) and therefore caters for a slightly different crowd to the beer swigging night crawlers stumbling home from a night out. The food is served in one steel plate and placed in the centre of the table. A little different, but handy if you want to try and taste other peoples food with out pinching it from their plate. The food itself is great and certainly lighter and lacks that heavy greasy feel you find in most other Indian restaurants.
Great food. Love the tiffin, but service needs work. After arriving, 2 waitresses walked passed me twice, neither acknowledged me. I waited a while then left. I will be back to try again because food is so good!
Excellent food and staff. The restaurant is small, cosy and intimate and the decor is great - very kitsch.
Thali cafes (4 in Bristol) are now offering meat choices and have expanded the menu with specials. If you like indian food, try this place for something different and very tasty!
I fail to relate the reviews I am reading with my own experience. Mediocre food, tough lemongrass in the food so it's like eating a wicker basket, slow service, pokey layout and small tables, small portions...
Set in a beautiful old building (possibly an old pub) Totterdown's Thali Cafe is much bigger than the original branch in Montpellier but just as friendly and warm. You get two choices: northern indian thali (veggie) or southern indian thali (with fish). Definitely worth trying the starters, which come with wonderfully delicate chutneys. They also make cakes (but we've never had enough room left to try one). Lovely staff, right-on ingredients, great food, relaxed atmosphere. And they do take-out. Very difficult to fault it.
Perhaps one of the best Indian restaurants I've been in Bristol. Real great, non-greasy, light, tasty food. A fair selection of drinks and superb decoration. The staff were really nice and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Best, healthy, delicious, ingenious and environmentally concious takeaway in the known universe!
You may know the Thali format by now (there's 2 others in the city) - lots of yummy poppadoms, chutneys and breads (aloo paratha is a must-try for potatoey pancakey goodness) and then just two choices for your main meal, but what choices they are. The Northern thali is an all veggie Keralan feast of Mutter Paneer, lentils, pomegranate salad, wild rice all on a silver platter - the Southern thali has delicately spiced fish. There's no oil or MSG, loads of veg and the chai to follow is the most cinnamony and sweetest I've supped. Totterdown's latest addition is no different from the other restaurants (it has a booze licence and they host some brilliant open-mic nights) but why change something that clearly works so well? I even checked out the thali stand at this year's Glastonbury festival I was so impressed. For takeaway fans, purchase a famous 'tiffin' (stack of silver tins) and can refill with all these yummy curries for just £7. Will feed at least three people in reality.
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