This is honestly how we found Spicy Thali in Reservoir: Wifey Bear to Hubby Bear, “I need to grab some stuff from Coles, let’s duck into that shopping centre”. As we get out of our parked car, Hubby Bear says, “Do you smell Indian food?” With my nose raised in the air I answered, “I do! Where’s it coming from?”
We we look around but see nothing. We then worked our way through the shopping centre, found no evidence of an Indian restaurant, grabbed the groceries, and popped out the other end of the building. “I swear I smell Indian food!” cried my grumbly hubby, and he wasn’t dreaming, I caught wafts of it, too! Then, would you believe it, at that moment, as we traversed other shoppers, and their trolleys, and parking cars – we passed by the front of Spicy Thali. Which is on the outside of the shopping centre.
We stood at the front of the glass window, looking at their menu (while trying to not be diverted by the huge graffiti’d man relaxing on their interior wall) …$11.50 Thali? $11.50 Thali!! We looked at each other, gave the knowing nod, crossed the threshold into the cavernous dining room, dropped our grocery bags — underneath our graffiti buddy! For those of you who don’t know what a “Thali” is — it’s usually a few different (smaller portion) curries, rice and bread (give or take a few other bits & pieces) all presented on a single plate, or all together. Think of it like the Indian uber-lunch box 🙂
The $11.50 Vegetarian Thali consisted of Dahl Makhani (classic lentils in a tomato-based sauce), Shahi Paneer (huge chunks of paneer in a rich, creamy sauce), fluffy cardamon scented rice (and a million cardamons in the rice – so beware – those little suckers are tart if you bite into them!), naan bread (a little bit on the too dry side) and a nice little Gulab Jamun desert to boot!
The food itself was good and the portions were reasonable – and for $11.50 you can’t really get too bothered by the relatively flat customer service. But it was at least attentive and quick!
The restaurant itself isn’t going to knock your socks off, and we can’t say (yet) there’s anything revolutionary coming out of the kitchen here, but based on what we had in our thali, we’ll be going back when we’re in the area next!
If you’re keen to get the Thali like we did, just make sure you dine in because it isn’t available for take-away.
Address: Summerhill Shopping Centre, 850 Plenty Road, Reservoir, Victoria, Australia