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5 Iconic Thali Restaurants In Mumbai

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5 Iconic Thali Restaurants In Mumbai

Traditional favourites on a platter

Two words that get us more excited than anything else: unlimited food! And that’s the beauty of the Indian thali. There’s just so much to try out — so many different flavours and textures with unlimited helpings to test your appetite.

No matter the cuisine or the type of thali, bring us authentic regional flavours and we’re sure to go back for seconds!

But today we look at the Gujarati thali, which is widely popular in Mumbai.

It’s a vegetarian feast complete with farsan and misthan (sweet and savoury snacks), piping hot phulkas and puris, pickles, condiments, and several delicacies native to the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

For the classic thali experience, head to one of these restaurants in Mumbai…

1. Shree Thaker Bhojanalay

Where: Kalbadevi

The granddaddy of thali restaurants in the city, Thaker’s has been around since 1945 and continues to pull crowds (so expect a big waiting time, especially on weekends).

Is it worth the wait, you ask? Yes! Their thali is dotted with authentic Gujarati dishes such as Undhiyun and other seasonal sabzis, Puran Poli, Aamras, Kadhi, and three types of sweets.

2. Chetana

Where: Fort

What began as a small coffee shop in 1946 is now a full-blown restaurant that specialises in multi-cuisine thalis.

However, Chetana’s customers come back for its original Gujarati-Rajasthani thali. The Khichdi Kadhi, the creamy Chaas, and the ghee-laced Dal Baati Churma are all-time favourites.

3. Golden Star Thali

Where: Opera House

Golden Star launched in 1993 and is still quite popular with thali lovers in Mumbai.

Their in-house maharaj Maubji Purohit, 80, has been cooking and training the kitchen staff for 50 years. So you can expect good quality and authentic flavours.

Go for their Gujarati-Rajasthani mixed thali that serves Biscuit Bhakris, freshly made Farsans and Dhokla, seasonal Aamras, and many more traditional treats.

4. Samrat

Where: Churchgate

Speaking of ‘family restaurants’ in SoBo, Samrat is an old-timer that’s still going strong.

With Farsan, Sabzi, Dal, Kadhi, Pulao, Papad, Chaas and Mithai (and Dahi Vada at times, yum!), the Gujarati thali is totally satisfying.

They also have combo meals or mini meals, such as Pulao-Kadhi and Shrikhand-Puri, for those with smaller appetites.

PS: They don’t allow sharing food, so if you’re feeling peckish, just call for your own thali!

5. Maharaja Bhog

Where: Lower Parel & Western Suburbs

A relatively new entrant on the thali scene, Maharaja Bhog has earned its stripes with good food and quick service. It is already five outlets strong in Mumbai.

A typical thali is done up with dishes like Handva, Khandvi, Fryums (Papad), Puri, Aamras, Halva, and other Gujju dishes we absolutely love! It also includes some Rajasthani fare like Gatte Ki Sabzi, Dal Baati Churma, and Spicy Kadhi.

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