Thali Cafe - Southville

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

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The great thing about living in Bristol is that there are so many great choices when it comes to eating out with the kiddos. Gone are the days where families were sidelined to the h̶o̶r̶r̶o̶r̶ delights of a Happy Meal or the c̶h̶a̶o̶s̶ joy that comes with the soft play dining experience. As a child growing up in the 80's, I was lucky enough to have parents who appreciated the art of eating, always ready to taste the latest exotic foods and happy to eat out with a toddler in tow, and for me it became second nature to sit and try new things, be happy to be in the company of my folks and whoever else was dining out. 

When F was born I was determined to give him the same experience, and although the purse strings have been tight at times, we're happy to treat ourselves whilst opening up F to exciting new experiences. So the other week we headed down to Southville on the other side of the river to tempt F with some authentic Indian Street food. 

The Thali Cafe was born 15 years ago on the festival food circuit and has flourished from there. On opening its fourth permanent cafe beside The Tobacco Factory, its bold eclectic interior offers a range of award winning dishes to tantalise your palate and introduce a delicate mix of spices to your little ones. 

F was super excited to sit beside a huge wall muriel, which impressively adorns the back wall, and colour in the Indian tuk-tuk illustration on his menu. Not wanting to overwhelm those tiny taste-buds entirely, The Thali Cafe offers a considered choice for kids consisting of rice & dahl served with chicken, fish or pakora, or for the less adventurous, there is fish and Bombay potato chips. 

We went the whole hog, ordering most of the menu to share and F chose the dahl but seemed quite happy to test out some other dishes much to our delight. As we chatted and ate, F got down for his 'dance break' – a common occurrence at mealtimes, where he feels the need for a boogie half way through his meal – and with the laid back nature of the cafe, no one blinked an eyelid as our kiddo threw some shapes. 

Shoehorning some education into our mealtime, we tried to explain where the dishes originated from and F was fascinated by the huge tiffin tin hanging over the entrance, proving the experience a success. After our feast we headed out to the nearby park for a bit of play time and to burn off some of the food, making for a great day out. 

The kids menu is £4.75, a bargain for tasty adventures. 

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1 comment:

  1. Ah, that cafe looks right up my alley! Everything looks so colourful and delicious :)




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