Mangalore has recently seen an upsurge of eateries from quaint little cafes to fine dining restaurants. However, there is always a dearth of places that cater to the large vegetarian population. The Grand Indian Thali created a lot of hype stating that they provide authentic vegetarian, unlimited thalis and I HAD TO check it out.
The Grand Indian Thali is located at the 4th floor of City Centre Mall in K. S. Rao road, Mangalore. It is next to Cinepolis in the place that was earlier occupied by Kobe Sizzlers.
The menu here changes everyday and they offer a wide range of starters, main and
We visited on a Sunday for the dinner service and it could not have gone better.
The meal started with a welcome drink of Khatta Meeta Watermelon Juice followed by Samosa, Pani Puri, Masala Papdi and Dahi Puri for starters. They were served with three kinds of chutneys- Kajoor Chutney, Mustard Chutney and Green Mint Chutney. An additional Imli Chutney was also on offer. I loved the Kajoor and Imli Chutneys but the mustard was too pungent for my palate.
Next came the salad comprising of freshly cut cucumbers and carrots which were a little confusing and seemed to serve the purpose of filling us up on fiber but combined with the Chutneys, they were also consumed with gusto.
The main course consisted of Kadai Paneer, Jeera Aloo, Palak Mushroom, Punjabi Rajma and Mixed Veg. I am a huge fan of Rajma and this elated my senses like no other. It was my favourite main course and I used it to accompany all of the roti courses. Three types of rotis- Phulka, Gobi Paratha and Ajwaini Puri were served piping hot. The Ajwaini Puri was my favourite with its subtle taste of carom seeds. We even asked for extras of the puri.
Next came the rice course of Pulao with cucumber Raitha, Steamed Rice and Curd Rice with Mango Pickle. The Pulao was wonderfully balanced and the Raitha was the perfect combination to it. The curd Rice however was a tad bitter owing to the mismanagement of tempering.
We next moved to the desserts that were calling out to us ever since we read the menu. The Anguri Gulab Jamoon was not really ‘Anguri’ but that was forgiven because it tasted really great. But the star of the show were the Shrikand and the Coconut Cham Cham. The Shrikand tasted homemade and was not at all sour like all the shrikand available in the market. It was not over-sweetened nor was it too milky. The cham cham on the other hand was sweet but when combined with the flavoured almond and pista milk, it was one of the best that I have ever tasted.
All the dishes had a very authentic taste and were not overly spicy. They were made and served with love and the staff is very friendly, helpful and courteous. I loved the entire experience and the unlimited thali is a great value for money.
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