You came to London and you wanted to try real good Indian food, so you had a vegetable Thali didn't you?
Okay, you're forgiven. Kormas and Biriyanis on Brick Lane still count, just.
But London has a lot more Indian food and Indian people than Brick Lane, and Wembley is one of the big centres. A town with more than just a football stadium, here is where you'll find real Indian life - and central to that is weekend all-you-can-eat buffets of spicy vegetarian food - known as Thalis.
Wembley has a strip of Thali and Dosa joints, as Tulsi is one of the largest and most known. We stumbled in late on a Sunday afternoon fresh from a big football match and were bemused by the menu which mixes curries and dosas with Indian versions of Chinese and Malay food. Fortunately for us the Thali doesn't need any decisions - just pay 6.50 each and help yourself to as much of four vegetable curries, rice, sauces, chapatis and desert as you want. Plus a salty lassi.
We left like lead balloons. The food was good, but I've had better Thalis. The experience was fun but the atmosphere wasn't all the special. The staff were friendly and helpful but the menu threatened punishment for not finishing your dishes or any sharing what-so-ever.
Our first trip to eat real vegetarian Indian in Wembley wasn't as amazing as I expected but was good enough that I'll be back on the same street to try the neighbours.
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