De Thali

Excellent Indian food and value for money in Abu Dhabi Reviews

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We know that living in a city like Abu Dhabi means everyone already has their own favourite regular hangout where you enjoy a great Indian meal. You possibly even frequent it once a week. So why would you change your regular hangout? Because there is a new kid on the block that is well worth checking out.

We’ve already raved about De Thali’s sister restaurant Tanjara, which is a delightful Moroccan and Lebanese restaurant tucked away on the second floor of the Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre. De Thali sits right next door and the two restaurants share a kitchen.

The décor at De Thali is cute and exciting. The restaurant is mostly decorated in brown and cream tones with a touch of yellow, and the furniture is modern and funky. De Thali’s concept is to blend food from the streets and homes in India into a more contemporary setting. They also feature cool street art on the walls which reflects this concept nicely. Thali is the Hindi word for ‘plate’ and they promise to only use fresh produce and to cook with pure ghee and foods free of trans-fats.

The menu is quite small but there are some great options to choose from. To start we ordered the dahi poori, puffed pastry filled with spices and potatoes and topped off with yoghurt. This was delicious, the puff pastry was crisp and the filling was very tasty indeed. We also tried the chicken tikka kathi roll, which was essentially a wrap. This also hit the spot, the chicken breast was succulent, the salad and yoghurt were fresh and the bread was nice and light and not too doughy.

For mains we chose the nawabi mutton korma. This was the standout dish of the evening and it’s the most expensive item on the menu (for the bargain price of Dhs24). Delicious pieces of char-grilled lamb are covered in the most divine korma sauce that is rich and full of flavour. This was such a great dish and we highly recommend it. Next was the chicken mughali, which was tender chicken pieces covered in a mildly spiced sauce with cashew nuts. This too was a very good dish and something different to try rather that just ordering your old favourites. The dish is inspired by the food of Central Asia and came to India during the rule of the famous Mughal dynasty.

To finish off we had the gulab jamun which was the perfect end to the meal. Sweet dumplings served with sugar syrup sat beautifully on the plate until we quickly devoured them. Service is excellent and don’t be put off by the fact that this is in a mall. It’s a lovely little spot to sit and enjoy a great curry.

The bill (for two)
Dahi poori
Chicken tikka kathi roll Dhs12
Pilaf Dhs5
Nawabi mutton korma Dhs24
Chicken mughali Dhs18
Gulab jamun Dhs6
Total (excluding service) Dhs73

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre & Gold Centre, Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 627 8644
  • Travel: Al Muroor Road

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User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: santanu chakrabarti on 06 May ' 13 at 08:55

i am planning to go there on 9th May, 13, evening my wedding anniversary for a grand dinner with my family!

Posted by: s on 26 Apr ' 13 at 14:27
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Good food+ value for money

Posted by: Greg on 16 Dec ' 12 at 14:38
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great food in a cheerful ambiance with attentive staff at a great price. We highly recommend it and will be back!

Posted by: Mike on 15 Nov ' 12 at 10:58
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Fantastic food at a great price. The location is on the 2nd floor above LuLus, not in the other food court in the north building. Note that the Thali platters and kebabs are not served before 7pm.

Posted by: Soumya Prem on 24 Oct ' 12 at 12:25
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We been to this place couple of times and we really like the food there. Menu is not stuffed with similar items which is hard for you to choose. And then we ordered for home delivery one day and the way they deliver the food really surprised us...
Thali came in something like a pizza pack..which is easy to select the curries you require and no spill..perfect...
Great idea..good service and value for money!!

Posted by: S Srikanth on 23 Oct ' 12 at 13:08
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We had a dinner last week with my family and with my friends. We take vegetarian food and its extremely good. Definitely I will go again and their service is extremely good. Have a nice time and njoy if you have a chance. As far as vegetarian its good and I dont have any idea about its non-veg.

All the best to dethali team members.

s srikanth

Posted by: Sarah on 11 Jul ' 12 at 14:04
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Loved the food, great place. I had Lamb BIryani Thali. Was a bargain for 28AED 4 of us ate in 100 AED. Ambiance was very Mumbai street style and the Music selection was original Bollywood from the 70's. Was a fun place.

Posted by: Anjali on 14 Jun ' 12 at 09:06

We ordered a fish thali curry was not at all good ...I could not make out inside the curry was fish or something else...other veg curries were also not good...dal was total bakwas...their is no varieties for food...butter naan also not mood off on Friday..

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