Introducing Thali Oxford

Pioneers of the Indian restaurant revolution Thali offer a taste of everyday India at new 90-seater Oxford eatery opening on July 27. Previously an independent store, the heritage of the George Street unit continues the maverick spirit of the brand founded in the fields of Glastonbury Festival.

Jim Pizer, Founder of Thali, said: ‘Oxford was our first choice when thinking about a location outside of Bristol and will be an ambitious and exciting step. Oxford is a beautiful, historic city and a hotspot for students and professionals alike.’

The menu looks to India for inspiration; from the back streets of Chandni Chowk to the beach shacks of Goa as well as recipes from bestselling food writer and cook Meera Sodha. Meera’s creations utilise traditional Indian tech- niques with a large dose of British cool featuring dishes from her latest vegetarian cookbook Fresh India including: pea kachoris with pickled onions, mushroom and walnut samosas and pumpkin coconut olan. The menu features a range of thalis (from Keralan nandan chicken to Punjabi paneer) and roadside grills cooked on a tava or hot coals – just like they do in the back streets of Bombay.

The restaurant interior presents a raw vision of India that is true to experiences of travelling around the country. The colour palette originates from the dust, haze and aged quality of the city streets. The Indian tradition of hand-washing has been incorporated into the space with a communal water basin – that hopes to encourage diners to eat with their hands.

Thali’s mantra is ‘jugaad’, the Indian philosophy of ‘do more with less’ and is one of the first Indian restaurants in the UK to win a Three Star Sustainability Champion Rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Andrew Stephen, CEO of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, said: ‘As well as following the excellent principle of doing more with less, Thali consistently prove that restaurants can serve food that not only looks and tastes good but also does good too. From the huge care it devotes to working closely with local producers to its commitment to supporting local charities, Thali is the epitome of a sustainable restaurant.”

Thali Oxford (50% OFF FOOD) soft launch runs until 02 August, no bookings will be taken during this period. Discount reflects the fact that we are training and things might not be as perfect as we’d like.

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Looking good, feeling great. Photo: Paul Box.

New Summer special pea kachoris. Photo: Federico Walfisch.