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Thali Cafe Montpelier

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12 York Road, Bristol BS6 5QE, England
+44 117 942 6687
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12:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 17:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 23:00
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I give the food a 10, really nice fish curry with a lot of flavour to it. Varied palette options, very impressed also that they catered to vegans, my partner is vegan and he insists that we must go back! Along with the smiley service I'd highly recommend!

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Thank BS5CurryFan
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Are here for my husband's 40th birthday today with his family - mostly veggies so this seemed ideal. We arrived as it opened at 12:00. As we were waiting for our food the chef came through the room several times to access the store room - we all noticed that his chef outfit was caked in dirt and dried food.... More 

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Thank Sam M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

The food here is the best Indian I have ever eaten out, cooked, flavoured and presented beautifully. Also a really interesting selection of Indian beers which go well with the food menu.

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Thank Olivia N
Thali M, Manager at Thali Cafe Montpelier, responded to this review

Hi Olivia, Thanks so much for your feedback, it's always nice to hear when we get it right! Hopefully we will see you again soon! Kind Regards Amy More 

Bristol
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Went here at the weekend with a couple of friends and was pleasantly surprised! Tried the buttermilk chicken and was delicious ! It's all mildly spiced and full of flavour, with something for everyone. Nice touch with the Thali plates - I think that's right they did tell me a Thali is a tin plate.... I think, sorry if I... More 

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Thank 355Alex
Thali M, Manager at Thali Cafe Montpelier, responded to this review

Thank you Alex for your lovely review! It's always nice to know when we are getting it right. You are correct, "Thali" does refer to the stainless steel dishes, but also to the way meals are eaten in India – where a selection of healthy, delicious and nutritious dishes are served together on one plate. Thanks again, hope to see... More 

Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We enjoyed a delicious meal at the Thali Cafe in Montpelier but the service was really not good at all. The staff were surly, unfriendly, forgetful and generally made us feel that they were doing us a favour. It really is a shame because the food was excellent and could not be faulted but some staff training would not go... More 

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Thali M, Manager at Thali Cafe Montpelier, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to feedback about your recent dining experience at the Thali Cafe. We pride ourselves on excellent food and service but it doesn't sound like we got this right at all. Please accept our sincerest apologies for your poor service, it is certainly not a standard we would like to set, and would... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Went there with family and friends while visiting Bristol for weekend break. While the ambience is interesting and food presentation is good, food is only good in parts and leaves you with the impression that they can do much better. Starter, gol gappa, were tasteless and nothing close to what you expect. Main course wasn't too bad but can definitely... More 

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Thank sartaj_pilani
Thali M, Manager at Thali Cafe Montpelier, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to feedback about your recent dining experience at the Thali Cafe. We pride ourselves on excellent food and service but it doesn't sound like we got this quite right. We will be reviewing our dishes and flavours and will be introducing a new menu in the near future that I hope better... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

The food was lovely and different from your normal Curry House. The slow cooked meat melted in the mouth. Different and unusual tastes and flavours. Service was excellent. Drinks a little expensive and portion size adequate but a little light for Mr Greedy.

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Thank grayee1962
Thali M, Manager at Thali Cafe Montpelier, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, we always like feedback and value your views. Team Thali Montpelier More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

We came here last minute as too tired to cook. Have been here before and have been to two of the others. It's not your 'ordinary' 'Indian' restaurant. The food is lighter and fresher in taste. The decor is modern and 'funky'. We would definitely go there again.

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Thank druharries
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely meal, ideal service - no fuss, just the right approach. The food was just the right amount of spicy! I'll go again for sure!

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Thank Cham749
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

We have recently returned from India and moved to Bristol, so we were excited to find somewhere to satisfy our thali cravings. I'd read some great reviews and it looked colourful and reasonably prices so we booked a table and were on our way. Our starter was unusual and delicious, and the thali well presented and tastey. The whole experience... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 24
Cuisine
Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 23:00
Monday
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 York Road, Bristol BS6 5QE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 117 942 6687
Description
Famous for Thalis but you'll find classic Indian snacks, coffee and cakes on the menu too. Quirky decor, great atmosphere, free Wifi, kids welcome. Award-winning Tiffin Takeaway scheme. Equally suited for groups, families or for a romantic dinner. Contact us about hiring the whole back room for your party or celebration.This is the original Thali Cafe, located in the hub of Montpelier, it is one of four Thali Cafes in Bristol. We avoid mainstream locations in favour of areas with a strong sense of community where we can foster relationships with local people and businesses.

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