Talli: An adjective (Hindi) to describe the state one finds oneself after a few too many drinks. Talli Joe: a casual, all day restaurant which has just opened up on Shaftesbury Avenue.
‘Joe’ (he’s fictional unfortunately) is a British traveller, on the lookout for something different as he travels across modern India. Created by Executive Chef Sameer Taneja (formerly of the Michelin-starred Benares) the menu will feature ‘half-plates’ designed to be shared, showcasing different regional dishes from across India, with each dishes telling a story. Take the Lawrence Road Kulcha (naan stuffed with cottage cheese and brushed with truffle ghee), it’s named after a street-food haven in Amritsar.
Expect to find dishes you won’t have come across before, like Nihari Nalli (bone marrow served with Nihari sauce and a Kadak roti); Junglee Murgi Poha (tandoori guinea fowl served with beaten rice); Kale Chaat (crispy kale with potato, pomegranate and sweet yoghurt) and Talli Machi (red mullet with a spiced rust served with an orange soaked in Old Monk rum).
You can’t visit Talli Joe without getting a little talli, so it’s just as well then that we’ve heard the cocktails are punchy, potent offerings inspired by India and made with house-made shrubs rather than synthetic syrups. We’ll be ordering the Keri Collins: vodka, mango puree, lime and soda – inspired by the popular street snack of raw mango dusted with chilli, sugar and salt. Whilst we’re there we’ll probably be ordering the Jaipur Fizz (vodka, St Germain liqueur, rose shrub, lime and Prosecco) which has summer written all over it.
Time to get talli!
Talli Joe: Open Now, 152-156 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8HL, www.tallijoe.com