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Going to Thali in New Haven......

javaandjazz Jun 11, 2008 02:31 PM

this friday night. What's good to order? Anything different? Don't want anything that burns though! Thanks, Richie

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  1. Scargod RE: javaandjazz Jun 11, 2008 03:22 PM

    JJ, to quote my lunch experience there, recently, "Gobi manchurian, (a cauliflower dish). We shared chicken tikka masala, goat, on the bone, in a thick, curry like base (Hyderabaldi Ghosht Banjara), saag paneer (spinach with garlic, fenugreek and cottage cheese), garlic nan (kulcha)".
    The goat in curry was not very hot. I believe they always ask how you would like it. Medium is what a lot of people enjoy though "hot" is not much for a Texan..... Actually, I got "medium".
    I think so highly of this place that I would not worry about ordering anything. If unsure, ask, though I think you will get the perfunctory "how hot would you like it", especially if it involves curry.
    Have fun. Report back!

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      chefstu RE: javaandjazz Jun 12, 2008 06:18 AM

      The crab meat app is great, there's a fried okra salad thats also very good, the halibut entree also very good, goat or lamb homestyle very good. We've never had a bad dish there.

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        Ima Foodie RE: javaandjazz Jun 12, 2008 06:56 AM

        Everything is great at Thali, but one standout item they have a great halibut curry - not sure of the name, but it was coconut milk based and had lots of herbs.

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          LCM RE: javaandjazz Jun 12, 2008 08:06 AM

          You WILL not be disappointed by anything you order at this restaurant. GREAT food. They also have Thali Too on Broadway, across from the Yale Bookstore/Barnes and Noble. A bit cheaper than big Thali and all vegetarian.

          1. javaandjazz RE: javaandjazz Jun 12, 2008 01:03 PM

            Thanks for all your replies. I am looking forward to eating here! Richie

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              EastRocker RE: javaandjazz Jun 12, 2008 02:06 PM

              It is all great stuff, here are some of my favorites:

              starters: kokan crab, and any of the chats
              main: halibut, andra chicken
              dessert: lemon tasting is great

            2. redfox697 RE: javaandjazz Jun 13, 2008 06:43 AM

              My favorites are the Navratan Korma and the Baigan Bartha. Neither spicy, both incredibly flavorful. I usually appetize with the Paneer Tikka and get a side of Garlic Naan. I've never had dessert here, I always walk across the street to J-Mart for a bubble tea and some red bean cakes.

              1. javaandjazz RE: javaandjazz Jun 14, 2008 04:12 PM

                We made it here friday night and sat at the bar and had cocktails before dinner. I had a rum runner(the very friendly bartender even looked up a rum runner on the internet to make sure he made it right), my partner had the lime vodka with the cucumber and melon puree which I thought was delicious despite hating cucumbers. The space is very cool and the staff very accomodating. We were very surprised that for a friday night the restaurant was not busy at all and we were the last ones to leave at 10pm. We noticed in that entire Ninth Square neighborhood there were many fine restaurants that were not busy either. Our friend that came along loved the J Mart asain store across the street and even bought a few things. For apps we had the samsosas which were good, the fried paneer cheese which I thought was good but not all liked it as much and then we all shared the crab which we all agreed was good. For entrees I had the chicken korma which all agreed was the best of the 3 dishes that we ordered, my partner had the cardamom flavored shrimp and our friend had the duck. He ordered the duck rare and it came almost well done and he mentioned it to them but did not want to see the food thrown away so he ate it. It really was way over cooked. Almost as we were through with the duck they brought in another plate of it done correctly. We had to really stuff ourselves to finish. I brought some leftovers home. Overall the food was very good but with all the hype we expected a bit more. Now I hope you all get mad at me for saying that! My partner and I liked it more than our friend did. He said he had heard their restaurant in New Cannan is much better. Thanks, Richie

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                  jfood RE: javaandjazz Jun 14, 2008 04:58 PM

                  the Thali in NC is very good. here is a link to jfood take on the dishes at that site.


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                    Scargod RE: javaandjazz Jun 14, 2008 06:13 PM

                    The chicken and the shrimp were creamy curries, correct? The duck was grilled kabobs? What heat did you get with the curries?
                    Samosas are not the wildest tasting thing to get. Not one of my favorites. You had crab (with ginger, mustard seeds, chiles and coconut?) but no other "sides"?
                    Sounds yummy! Thanks

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                      javaandjazz RE: Scargod Jun 15, 2008 06:15 AM

                      Hey Scargod, Yes the chicken and shrimp curries were creamy and delicious! The duck was not a kabob, it was just arranged nicely on a plate and came with a lentil sauce. The lentil sauce also came late into the meal. Anything deep fried at an Indian restaurant is so good.

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                    GoodFoodie RE: javaandjazz Jul 27, 2008 04:10 PM

                    Went to Thali Too a few weeks ago for the first time and have returned several times since. WOW! Baigan Burtha - eggplant dish is great; Samosa Chat appetizer- samosas with sauce, chickpeas; Malai Kofta was in a most delicious creamy sauce. As with BIG Thali- I don't think you can go wrong with anything you order. GREAT food, even better prices!

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