Address: 152-156 Shaftesbury Ave,
London, WC2H 8HL
Tel: 020 7836 5400
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (Picadilly Underground Line)
Talli Joe is a well-known restaurant based in the heart of Central London. It has been voted as ‘The best Indian restaurant in London‘, which caters for various serves halal food. Having been opened for a couple of years now, it was a good time to visit this established place.
Last weekend, I brought along my sister and my brother in law and their kids for a meal. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a jolly manager at the entrance, which we were then seated in the front of the restaurant. The great thing about this restaurant was that they have a separate menu for the kid’s, so those who wish to bring their kids along its a nice environment, making it a very family oriented restaurant welcoming all kinds.
Being here on a Saturday evening, it was just getting starting to get busy as this was around half 5 so I can imagine how busy, it would have been by later on the night. When a restaurant is busy it’s always going to be a positive sign. In this case, it was since the food was scrumptious and the service was really quick/helpful.
Having not known what to order as they were so many options on their menu to choose from. Therefore, we asked the waitress to recommend us some dishes, which would be tasty and most picturesque photo’s from their small plates menu. I feel like as she did a pretty good job as most of the food ordered looked really nice to eat.
Their full menu can be found here. However, we started off with our drink orders, which looked really nice we ordered a couple of tutti-frutti mocktail, a mojito and few tap water. The mocktail was definitely the nicest looking drink and it tasted sweet.
The starters, we ordered came in quick session, everything arrived in one go, which was really good. Moving on to the ‘Small Plates’ menu they were plenty on our table as you notice below such as Chicken 21, Dhokla Salad to name a few. My nephews had themselves ordering the butter chicken from the kid’s menu, which both truly loved. I think myself and their parents loved it just as much too as this was one of our favourite dishes. Funny enough, we simply could not stop dipping our naans into their plates as it was delicious! 🙂
The starters come in small portions, so they do not fill you up as much but it makes you crave for more. Hence we opted to order the main dishes straight after, each main dish was yummy and filling as each one had a taste of their own.
They had a dessert displayed outside and my brother in law was tempted to have this, although it was presented in a small bowl. This was provided very warmly and tasted quite nice, like the typical Indian dessert you have at many Asian weddings, but a with a twist created with black carrots and salted peanut brittle. We also managed to try out the masala chai after having all of the above dishes, which was a delight! Mmm!
Talli Joe does serve halal food as they have a certificate upon request to prove their meat are halal, which they kindly did for us.
My personal favourite dish from here was the Bohri Chicken & the Butter Chicken. I would definitely recommend trying that out, especially with butter chicken you simply cannot go wrong.
Overall experience, with a nice busy atmosphere, I felt it was a nice restaurant to gather with friends and family if you’re looking to have meals. Not your typical Asian restaurants you have perhaps in your local area’s but if your travelling around in the city and looking to have a twist of Indian food, look no further. The bill came to be £150 between the 5 of us, which in some case it may seem pricey and some may say reasonable but some of the dishes they had definitely were worth trying out. For example, the butter chicken, black gajar halwa dessert and much more.
If you’re looking for a casual meal, then I would suggest ordering their small plates. However, if you’re hungry and looking to have something more filling definitely opt for their half plates. Talli Joe an awarding winning restaurant at a reasonable price, you can enjoy a good looking meal. They just recently won the @OpenTableUK #DinersChoiceAwards, so a massive congrats to the team at Talli Joe!
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Food: 8 out of 10
Pricing: 8 out of 10
Atmosphere: 8.5 out of 10
Presentation: 8.5 out of 10
Experience: 9 out of 10
Total: 8.4 out of 10
Disclaimer: I was invited to review this place.