No meal is as inclusive as a thali meal. It includes an extensive variety of a restaurant’s offerings, and takes care of everything from the main course to the snacks to dessert. Here are some of the best ones we’ve had in the city!

Panchavati Gaurav

1011765_10201685190031876_244740777_nThe Daily Thali at Panchavati starts with buttermilk and ends with Gajar Ka Halwa. Somewhere in the middle, there’s Papdi Chaat, Dal Bati, Moong Dal Khichdi, Jaipuri Gatta and Gujarati Kadhi. Veggies change every day, with unlimited servings throughout.

Where: Ground Floor, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Cyber City

Contact: +91 8527356669

Price: INR 450 {Monday – Thursday}; INR 500 {Friday, Saturday & Sunday}; Kiddie thalis at INR 300

Timings: 12pm – 3.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm

Evergreen Sweet Shop & Restaurant

Although Evergreen is better-known for their chaat and mithai, they also do a great north Indian thali which features Shahi Paneer, Dal Makhani, a dry seasonal mix of vegetables, rice, raita and the option of a tandoori roti or a lachha paratha. There’s a mini version too, for when you’re not too hungry. Both are accompanied by pickle and a roasted papad.

Where: S 29 & 30, Main Market, Green Park; 3, Pinnacle Mall, Dwarka

Nearest Metro Station: Green Park; Dwarka Sector 10

Contact: 011 26514646, 011 26856774

Price: Starting at INR 240 for a mini thali

Timings: 10am – 11pm


zambarSeafood, anyone? Zambar features some of its staples on the thali, including sambhar, stir-fried vegetables, curd, rice, appam or malabar paratha and dessert. What we love are the changing seafood dishes of the day, ranging from an Alleppy Crab Meat Thoran to Tamil Nadu Fish Curry to Chettinad Prawns Thokku. Yum.

Where: For a complete list of outlets, click here.

Price: INR 695 + taxes

Timings: 12pm – 11.30pm

Anupam Restaurant

Expect quintessential north Indian dishes like Shahi Paneer, Dal Makhani and a vegetable of the day. This is accompanied by steamed rice, a naan and a paratha, as well as salad, yogurt and pickles.

Where: Shop 6, J Block Market, Saket

Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar

Contact: +91 9999802925

Price: INR 170 + taxes

Timings: 11am – 10.30pm


12265874_1048517948521243_3574952449472943095_oOne of the most sought-after restaurants in CP, Rajdhani does a traditional selection. Start with a welcome drink followed by dal, baati, churma, a range of dals and Indian breads {phulka, bajra roti etc} and salad. Dessert consists of dudhi halwa, fruit ras malai and jalebi with rabri.

Where: For a complete list of outlets, click here

Price: Starting at INR 475 {prices vary for lunch, dinner and weekends}

Timings: 12pm – 3.30pm; 7pm – 11pm

Saravana Bhavan

We all know and love Saravana for its stellar south Indian fare. They’ve maintained that quality in the face of all their competition. Order the thali and you’ll have a pick of the regulars- sambar, dal, poriyal {vegetable}, koottu {vegetable} and rasam. There’s also appalam, curd, fried chilli accompanied by rice and poori.

Where: For a complete list of outlets, click here.

Contact: 011 28844305, 011 23345577

Price: Starting at INR 125

Timings: 8am – 11pm


12113315_939838926089270_6134801181601308388_oNaivedyam‘s snack thali {which is as good as a meal, if you ask us} consists of an idli and vada, along with the choice between a dosa and uttapam, as well as lemon rice, upma and suji aloo. For when you’re in more of a rice-sambhar kind of mood, go with the larger thali, which has those along with two vegetable options, chappatis/pooris and a variety of chutneys.

Where: For a complete list of outlets, click here.

Price: Starting at INR 350

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Thaal Vaadi

Perhaps one of the crowded joints in the Great India Place Mall for its value-for-money meals, the thali here consists of buttermilk, dal, baati, churma, vegetarian dishes including Paneer Makhani or Kathal Masala accompanied by rice, salad and roti. End on a sweet note with the rich Shahi Tukda, fruit custard or Moong Dal Halwa.

Where: Third floor, Great India Place Mall, Noida

Nearest Metro Station: Noida Sector 18

Contact: +91 9711996557

Price: INR 305 + taxes

Timings: 12pm – 5pm; 7pm – 11pm


12010656_1667958776779458_8514221119705633284_oWhen at Kathputli, start on a spicy note with the Pudina Paani, Daal Vada and Mirchi Pakoda. For main course, you can either go the traditional Rajasthani way with the dal, baati and churma or indulge in some Gatta Curry, Rajasthani Khichdi and a choice of vegetables, along with basic accompaniments like salad and papad. End with the the Srikhand or Moong Dal Halwa.

Where: 35, Defence Colony Market

Nearest Metro Station: Lajpat Nagar

Contact: +91 9911729955

Price: INR 460 + taxes

Timings: 12.30pm – 4pm; 7.30pm – 11.30pm


Most frequented for its pork and buff dishes, Yeti also does a mean Tibetan Thali. Comprising specials such as Gyuma {home-made Tibetan sausage}, Shaptah {stir-fried meat} accompanied by the traditional Tingmo {a type of Tibetan bread}, it’s a filling delicious meal.

Where: M-20, M Block Market, Greater Kailash 2

Nearest Metro Station: Nehru Place

Contact: 011 41008884, 011 41657867

Price: INR 585 + taxes

Timings: 12.30pm – 11.15pm


1150733_643003642379408_76673847_oGujarati joint Suruchi does a thali with an unlimited serving of vegetables {on weekdays} accompanied by dal, farsan, puran poli, roti, khichri and sweets. It comes as no surprise that this restaurant’s slogan is ‘eat like a king.’  They also do a Rajasthani thali. To get more than your buck’s worth, consider going on a weekend when all items are unlimited.

Where: For a complete list of outlets, click here.

Price: Starting at INR 357 + taxes {on weekdays}

Timings: 11am – 4pm; 7pm – 11pm


The busy chain is always crowded to such an extent that it is almost impossible to find seating sometimes. However, people flock here for good reason. Their Vegetarian Thali makes for an absolutely filling meal, even for the biggest of appetites. Dal Makhani, Paneer Curry, Dahi Pakodi, mixed vegetables along with a baby naan, a baby paratha, rice and papad is sure to more than satiate those cravings.

Where: For a complete list of outlets, click here

Price: Starting at INR 195 + taxes


11084109_863324257062040_1600122783772694391_oMahabelly does non-vegetarian Keralan food. Their thali features the Thoran of the day {fresh vegetables tossed in mustard seeds, curry leaves and coconut}, Kootu Curry {a thick vegetable accompaniment} and Pacchadi {a combination of yogurt and coconut}. Along with the above, you’ll find sambhar and rasam, and all of it is served with steamed rice {either white or red}, chappatis, pickle and a dessert of the day. Did we mention you can have as many rounds as you’d like?

Where: MA A-05, Restaurant block, DLF Place Mall, Saket

Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar

Contact: +91 9911462757

Price: INR 299 + taxes

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Khyen Chyen

If you fancy a Kashmiri Wazwan meal, look no further than Khyen Chyen. We’re highly impressed by their mutton delicacies {Lahabdaar Kebab and Marchwangan Korma} infused with Kashmiri red chillies. They offer a set lunch/thali for takeaways/deliveries comprising rice, roti, vegetables, chutney, one non-vegetarian dish and dessert.

Where: Shop 19, Ground Floor, Cross Point Mall, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon

Contact: 0124 4231919, +91 8527739955

Price: Starting at INR 250

Timings: 11.30am – 11.30pm

Kebab Gali

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Kebab Gali has some great kebabs and biryani. If you want to sample a bit of everything, the thalis are great with their mix of dal, paneer, chicken tikka, raita, rotis, a gravy dish and dessert. They offer both a regular-sized thali and a mini one, so you can choose as per your appetite.

Where: 7-8, Corner Market, Malviya Nagar

Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar

Contact: +91 8010690625

Price: Starting at INR 145 for a mini thali

Timings: 12pm – 11pm

Roti Boti

The menu at Roti Boti comprises fare such as Kakori Kebab, Galouti Kebab, Fish Tikka, Nalli Ka Korma etc, with breads like Khamiri Roti, parathas and rumali roti. Want a bit of everything? Get the thali delivered home.

Where: Aruna Asif Ali Road,Vasant Kunj {Delivery only}

Nearest Metro Station: Chattarpur

Contact:  011 69666678

Price: Starting at INR 199

Timings: 12pm – 5am

Feature Image Courtesy: Naivedyam