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Nov 17, 2009 06:23 AM

Looking for an Indian thali

My wife and I like Indian food. I like AYCE buffets and she likes "thali's" as she can't eat that much. So we are looking for a place that serves both in the evening.
Looking for either the Gerrard St. area or Brampton.
Wikipedia's definition of a thali is:
A thali is a selection of different dishes, usually served in small bowls on a round tray. Typical dishes include rice, dhal, vegetables, chapati, papad, curd (yoghurt), small amounts of chutney or pickle, and a sweet dish to top it. Restaurants typically offer a choice of vegetarian or meat-based thalis.

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    1. AYCE usually serves North Indian and most thali is South Indian, so I have rarely seen them at the same place. I know Mahar on Gerrard St used to serve thali and they do have a decent AYCE buffet, so you may want to call and see what they have now.

      Here is a recent review I found:

      1. Don't know of any place that serves both, but Preyna on Broadview, just north of the Danforth, serves thalis. There curries and salads, etc. are decent (but not out of this world). The samosa and naan are doughy and greasy. It's on my way home, so I purchase a la carte there, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. They do serve thalis, so I thought I should mention it.

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        1. re: pescatarian

          I'm really not a fan of Preyna. Terrible naan. They do serve thalis though.

        2. Agree with first answer - really rare to find AYCE and thali in the same place - different geographic specialties.
          Besides Prerna (not Preyna - they used a ridiculous hard-to-read font on their sign) - where the thalis are really quite large and filling, Rashnaa at Wellesley/Parliament also has some fantastic thalis.

          307 Wellesley St E, Toronto, ON M4X1H2, CA

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          1. re: kayehm

            I second Rashnaa for Thalis. They 'used to' have a buffet lunch as well - but I tend to go only in evenings, so not sure if the buffet lunch still exists (just checked their website - they now only seem to have 'daily lunch specials').

            307 Wellesley St E, Toronto, ON M4X1H2, CA

            1. re: estufarian

              I would not agree that thalis are purely South Indian. I spent 6 weeks in India this past year, in the Gujarat, Rajasthan and parts of Uttar Pradesh and thalis were, for the most part, ubiquitous, especially at lunchtime. Only in Amritsar did the thali evaporate from restaurant menus. Granted, a Toronto restaurant that serves mostly AYCE buffets will probably not also have thalis available. If they did, they'd probably just scoop the items from the steamer trays on the buffet, anyway. While I can't think of any specific restaurants, I have definitely seen thalis at restaurants in the GTA, particularly those that have vegetarian food only. I'm not sure if that will appeal to the OP. If it were me, I'd look up the hindu (and possibly Jain) temples in Toronto, call them and inquire as to whether there are restaurants very close to them that offer thalis. In India, at least, the two seemed to go hand in hand, especially at pilgrimage sites.

          2. Several locations, watch your naan or kebabs cooked from the separating window of the restaurant and kitchen. Wild as it seems, you are being offered excellent food between Gerrard St. and Brampton!! And thank you 905home, we do have a huge appreciation of good food in 905, we get around like a MAESTRO!! a Johnny Maestro!!

            Tandoori Time Restaurant
            1727 Albion Rd, Toronto, ON M9V4J9, CA