In Ahmedabad, when one refers to a thali, it automatically means Gujarati thali. However, there are many other cuisines on offer in thalis which should be explored for its sheer variety and authentic taste.
As it is various types of cuisines are available in Ahmedabad but now they are offered in thali style which enables a person to try different things in the cuisine in one single meal.
Here are some of the best selections of thali meals which serve cuisine other than Gujarati food.
Dravida -The South Indian Restaurant
This is the best place to have a South Indian thali in a five-star style. The thali which Dravida serves for lunch has authentic southern dishes from all the five southern states including Goa. It is a must try thali despite the higher cost as it serves beautifully designed lunch menu serving authentic cuisine from Southern India.
Citrus Café - Lemon Tree, Navranpura
The Citrus Café in Lemon Tree Hotel has just started a North Indian thali. This four-star property is located in the heart of the city and the food here is good. Try the thali for variety along with good taste and great ambience.
Knife and Fork, Prahladnagar
At the Knife and Fork, Prahladnagar branch one can enjoy good value for their money. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian North Indian set menu is served as a fixed Thali. Try their vegetarian fixed thali at just Rs 150 plus taxes and non-vegetarian fixed thali at just Rs 210 plus taxes. They have North Indian and Chinese cuisine, two different fixed lunches, both in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
This is another south Indian eatery serving Keralite cuisine in a thali form. They serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food here. Try the Chicken Stew, Appams, Avial and other Keralite varieties in this restaurant where the taste is really authentic and awesome.
The mixed thali here serves Rajasthani and Kathiawadi food. Run by a mother and son duo for the last 22 years, the Purohit Thali contained Dal Batti soaked in ghee when they initially started. It also has many authentic Kathiawadi dishes like Sev Tamato, Bhakri etc.
A published author working on her second book, Sonal worked for many years as a journalist in The Indian Express, The Asian Age and DNA Newspaper where she regularly reviewed restaurants and wrote about food. She worked in Nairobi as a general manager of a group of restaurants in another era. She loves experimenting with food but is also known for her Biryanis and Kababs and even her baking skills. She likes travelling to little known places and if she finds quaint eateries it just makes the trip more fun. Currently based in Ahmedabad, she is happy with the growing awareness of gourmet food in the city.