The Handbook
The Handbook

What: North Indian cuisine
Where: 166 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0BA
Why you should go there: They have a nice space downstairs for private dining
Favourite Thing We Ate: Gajar Ka Halwa – a sweet concoction of carrot, almonds, milk and other magic ingredients
Meat sharing platter

Thali is a North Indian restaurant (which means no onion bhajis unfortunately) is only a short walk from Beatrix Potter’s old house. They have outdoor seating but as the seats are on the pavement and the view is of the road, unless you are desperate to be outside, it’s nicer to head indoors. The restaurant is long and narrow but there are more seats downstairs for if it gets crowded and cycling fans will be pleased to see a bicycle adorning the walls, although I don’t see the connection.
Thali InteriorThe food is pleasant enough from start to finish with no real stand out dishes although the Chicken Korma was very fresh tasting and you can’t go wrong with Palak Chaat. The menu is pretty solid but if you’re feeling lost let the waiter guide you for recommendations or you can get the Thali; a mini buffet of a selection of different dishes. You can choose from the seafood, non-veg or veg to receive a circular platter with small steel bowls containing different curries, sauces and a rice – a good idea if you struggle with making decisions.
Palak ChaatMy favourite Indian dessert is Gulab Jamun and Thali didn’t disappoint on serving these severely underrated Indian doughnuts which come served in sweet syrup. For something a little different the Gajar Ka Halwa is a great option and was a pleasant surprise, especially as the key ingredient is carrot, but this is no salad. Reminiscent of a deconstructed carrot cake, it is purely a sweet dish but not sickly so perhaps a good choice for those who have a small sweet tooth.