It’s new, it’s packed. But is Thangabali in Bandra worth it?

Thangabali
(3 / 5)

By Tara Bose Kapur

Went to this very newly opened Khar outpost. It’s a beautifully done up, spacious place offering food from all four states of South India.

It has a large bar with a wide selection of cocktails and other drinks. Despite it being just the third day since it opened, it was packed; such is the power of the brand. (I wonder why?)

The very interesting looking menu comes on a wooden base and looks like a vili (bothi in Bengal), which is the traditional vegetable cutter. The glasses and pitcher on the table are polished copper.

Here’s what we ordered:

  • Gun Powder Squid Fry – amazing
  • Clam Chili Coriander – average
  • Kerala Style Prawns – good
  • Fish Fry Surmai – average
  • Tamil Style Offal – Delicious
  • Neer Dosa – a disgrace
  • Appams – good
  • Veg Stew – below average
  • Chettinad Mutton – below average, neither Chettinad nor tender

The portions were very good. The ambience was lovely. It’s well-priced.

The manager was very receptive to my feedback and even brought me a visitor’s book to give feedback.

The restaurant has a lot of potential but needs to improve its food. The Neer Dosa wasn’t on par with Jaihind, stew was as non-South Indian as you can get. The Chettinad Mutton was hard (couldn’t eat with cutlery), when we brought it to the managers notice, it wasn’t billed. However, the taste was not Chettinad.

I am a foodie and am a regular visitor to Jaihind and Curry Tales, and infrequently to Trishna. I always have Chettinad food in Chennai and Bengaluru so this was a miss for me.

If I return, it will be only for the squid which was outstanding.

Rating: 3/5 for the look and service orientation

Tel: +918928021253

Open all days 12 noon to 4 pm and 7 pm to 1 am.

Access not good for those with mobility issues.

Level One, 12 Union Park, Off Carter Road, Khar Mumbai

Location: Thangabali – Pali, Union Park, Pali Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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