Thali are award winning Indian restaurants and eco tiffin takeaway food in Bristol. This is the original Thali, located in the hub of Montpelier.
12 York Rd, Bristol BS6 5QE
Where It All Began
A fresh bid has been launched to keep the long-running chain alive, as former head chef Ramesh Prasad reopened the Montpelier site under the company name AR Junoon LTD
“Menu will remain unchanged and things will be taken ‘back to basics’, how Thali was when it first started out.”
Ramesh Prasad at the Thali restaurant in Montpelier
Chef Asha is popularly known as the Dosa queen at the Thali Restaurant. She makes the most delicious Dosa in Bristol. We can confidently say this, if you think any different then we care certain that you have not tried the Dosas made my our Asha.
The words female Indian head chef are rarely seen in the same sentence as UK kitchens are male dominated places and in India female participation in the workforce is very low. Household chores including cooking, constitute a women’s work and the role of chef is not always a welcome one.
In the transition from family hearth to Thali production kitchen, Asha brought her family recipes with her, passed down through the generations from mother to daughter. Asha’s recipes clearly differentiate the Thali’s menu from the average high street curry house who prioritise profit over provenance. The legacy of family cooking is evident in Asha’s consideration for feeding Thali customers the very best food possible; carefully choosing seasonal, local, free-range and organic produce.
Asha fell in love with the Thali straight away as it reminded her of her father’s thali restaurant in her hometown, a rural part of India north of Derrida. It was here that Asha learnt the restaurant trade from her father (Thali’s ‘Masala Fried-Potatoes’ are inspired by Asha’s father’s recipe) and the family recipe book from her mother.
Asha’s husband Ramesh Prasad also works in the Thali kitchen. When we claim that the food is cooked with love, we do mean that.
What is Thali ?
Thali is unconventional, makeshift and unexpected, reflecting the behaviours and spirit of India. The land, the people and the cuisine.
Thali showcases the hero dishes of the subcontinent from the back streets of Bombay to the beach shacks of goa.
Thali Restaurant was started as a street food truck at Glastonbury Festival after founder Jim Pizer travelled to India and fell in love with the food. The parallels between Thali’s make-shift beginnings and the atmosphere, attitude and spirit of India offers a unique interpretation of Indian food.
What People are Saying
In the Spotlight
Awards & Recognition
Thali Restaurant Montpelier is a household name in Bristol and its flavoursome Thali curries have won awards from The Observer and BBC Radio 4.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday to Sunday
05:00pm – 10:00pm
Drop Us a Line
Don't be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!
Thali Montpelier, 12 York Rd, Bristol BS6 5QE
Call 0117 942 6687