Thali Inn Boat Basin Review by Sadaf Farooqui
If you would like to visit a place where you are served all kinds of food belonging to Arabian, Pakistani and South Indian cuisine in large, sometimes sizzling and smoking platters, then Thali Inn is the stop for you and your family.It is located at the end of Boat Basin that is closer to the Karachi Grammar School campuses, next to the - ahem - open air "river".
It is in line with the famous Qasr Al-Nakheel and Hobnob bakery. Coming to the menu, wheremost of the items on the menu are served in the form of platters or thali's. A few entrees are individual too, but the serving sizes of most are enough for two people or a small family. As far as the ambience goes,the decor of the family hall is rustic, colored in hues of matted beige and rust.The furniture is made of carved wood! That was a hit with me. :)
The walls are textured to give the impression of a village hut with mud walls
It sounds a bit of an anti climax, but we were not in the mood for meat. Rather, the idea of having a South Indian type of thali with different kinds of vegetarian curries motivated us to visit Thali Inn.
Therefore, we ordered a Vegetarian Thali for Rs 285,(prices may have changed) and one chicken tikka.The Vegetarian Thali had boiled rice, channa curry (the kind you get with halwa puri), Kadhi (gram flour and yogurt curry), achar (pickles) and moong daal, along with Garlic Nan and Puri Paratha's. The whole offering was more than enough for two people. The dumpling (pakora) in the Kadhi was not very soft, but the rest was great!
I especially love how our local Pakistani cuisine offers the greatest variety of naans. The garlic naan served fresh and piping hot was just out of this world!
Our bill came to Rs 530, including 2 drinks (prices may have fluctuated).
Verdict: the food tasted awesome and it was very filling enough, and also a nice, peaceful ambience to accommodate everyone. Recommended to everyone.