Plates Of Awesome: Check Out LBB's List Of Great Thali Spots In The City

Anna posted on 26 October

If you’re reading this article, then you’re either curious about why thalis are such an important part of our daily meals or you’re looking for the best place to find a giant plate of goodness. Whatever the reason may be, thalis are a great meal. The perfect lunch, at reasonable prices. One of the reasons why thalis are so popular is because you get a solid meal and then some, for a good price.


Like any good South Indian restaurant, Krishnavillasam has a menu filled with food options from around the South, but also the North and some Chinese dishes. But for their special thalis {or saapadu as they call it}, you can choose from the four options they have. They have a special Krishnavillasam Saapadu which has a standard format featuring soup or welcome drink, steamed rice, special kuzhambu, sambar, rasam, curd, pickle, appalam, butter chilli, a variety of curries and a dessert. However, the great thing about this saapadu is that the dishes are not always the same everyday. But what you can be sure of is that every dish infuses the flavours of the Thirunelveli-Thrissur area. Please note that these meals are only available in the afternoon, till 3.30pm. Find them on FB here.

Where: 11, 1st Floor, Haddows Road, Nungambakkam

Casual Dining

11, 1st Floor, Haddows Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai

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Hotel Saravana Bhavan

You might know this already, but Saravana Bhavan has restaurants all over the world – including the US, Canada and the UK. So you know that they’ve had years and more than enough time to perfect their delicious thalis.

Their food is quite well known around the city and even the country, but here’s the best part – they have a special limited meal offer going on till the end of this year! The offer features four different kinds of thalis {with chapatti and rice, with a glass of juice and the works} and up to almost 18 different varieties of side dishes to enjoy with your meal.

In the Limited Meals, you will be served rice, poriyal, koottu, sambar, rasam, special rice {during lunch}, special kuzhambu, appalam, thuvaiyal, butter milk and pickles. While Special Limited Meals comes with all of the above but also with curd, pachadi and a sweet dish. The meals range from INR 75 to INR 150, so head over right now. Find them on FB here.

Where: 70, Kabaleeswarar Temple, North Mada Street, Mylapore

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70, Kabaleeswarar Temple, North Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai

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If you’ve never tried a Gujarati thali before – or Gujarati food, for that matter –  then this is your chance! At Amdavadi, the thali changes certain elements depending on the day of the week. These daily unlimited thalis have a few common dishes like the green salad, dabeli, lime ginger juice or chaas, papad and roti or puri, but each day has a different selection of other items including khaman dhokla, bharalo bhindo and masala khichdi {on Mondays}, methi gotha, rice and turdal, gajar halwa, khatta dhokla {on Tuesdays}.

Then there’s peas kachori, aloo baingan and jalebi {on Wednesdays}, palak muthya, sona mohare and shrikhand {on Thursdays}, sabudana vada, aloo puri, and kobi vatana {on Saturdays} and corn ghugra, moong dal seero and sev tamater {on Sundays}. And all these thalis are unlimited and available during lunch and dinner. Find them on FB here.

Where: 23 A, North Boag Road, Next to Pazhamudir Nilayam, T. Nagar

Casual Dining

23-A, North Boag Road, Next To Pazhamudir Nilayam, Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai

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Rajdhani Thali Restaurant

Another quite popular restaurant chain in the country, Rajdhani focuses mostly on Rajasthani and Gujarati thalis. And for those who are looking to try something new and exciting, this is exactly where you need to be. The kind of food served is different, the thali itself is different from what the rest of South India has to offer and that in itself is an experience. And here’s the best part – they have the thali on offer for lunch and dinner every single day, plus a special offer for Thali Tuesdays! Find them on FB here.

Where: 1st Floor, Phoenix Market City, Velachery Main Road, Velachery

Casual Dining

Phoenix Market City, 1st Floor, Velachery Main Road, Velachery, Chennai

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Vrindavan – New Woodlands Hotel

Having been around for a while now, Vrindavan is a name that everybody already knows. Located on the ground floor of New Woodlands Hotel, this vegetarian restaurant starts off with breakfast and they are always packed till they close after dinner. And depending on the mood you’re in, you can choose from their thali options.

The South Indian lunch is a classic and has items like poori, sambar, rasam, dal, a special kuzhambu, rice, appalam, pickle, curd and two regularly changed vegetable curries, payasam and ice cream. But if you’re looking for something more from your lunch, go with the Maharaja Thali, which is much more extensive with a welcome drink, soup, roti, paneer tikka, rice, pappad and a selection of vegetable curries made in North and South Indian style, a sweet dish and fruit salad with ice cream.

Where: New Woodlands Hotel, 72/75, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore

Casual Dining

New Woodlands Hotel, 72/75, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Chennai

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