The Following Post is part 1 of a 4 part series that follows George as he experiencesVegan Adventures in Atlanta, GA:
Are you tired of having to decide when ordering at a restaurant? I mean how many times have you had to interrupt your stimulating dinner conversation to read a menu and then order from it. Menus have gotten so complex, I have decide before getting to the restaurant, online. Well Thali, feels your pain. You’ll be relieved to know that all of their delicious vegetarian food is “pre-decided by chef.” Don’t worry, the starter and main course has 14+ different portions so you can always trade with your friends. The price for three courses: $14.99. You read me correctly.
The food was fantastic, with power-packed flavor in every bite. The have roti, bajri narotla, poori, vegetables and of course sweet, khichdi, kadhi chaas. Sometimes I find vegetarian Indian dishes to have a similar taste. This was not the case at this Thali place. I stuffed my face. No waste, I’m making a case for you to visit this restaurant. I was especially fond of the falafel-like item and the chickpea stew, baked cauliflower bowl and puffy bread. I’m sure there are proper names for all that but like a said, no menu, no knowledge, blissful ignorance.
Our server was extremely knowledgeable in the vegan ways, pointing out all the non-vegan items. The chef even made some special items just for me to replace the dairyed food I could not eat. Right on! This is all I ask from any restaurant and guarantees my return. I was out-of luck on the dessert (dairy). Good thing I had some Justin’s Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut spread and rice cakes back at the hotel.
My friends at the table…what a smart bunch. There was a Doctor, a Lawyer/Urban Farmer/Vegetarian, a Lawyer/Mother of Two/College Buddy and of course, me. When the subject turned to veganism, I was able to hold my own (good thing I am currently reading the China Study. Here’s a taste of our dinner conversation. The Doctor said nutrition is a mystery and may or may help heal the sick. The Urban Farmer offered pesticide-free gardening advice (I wish she’d write a post for us). My College Buddy has a vegetarian son that loves cheese too much to go vegan. I pointed out dairy was just as (if not more) deadly as meat amd are scientifically connected to causing cancer, diabetes, MS, and more. Who brought Mr. Fun?
Thali’s interior was comfortable and tastefully decorated with curtains, festive colors and plush pillows. It’s a new hangout for me when visiting the peachy state. It’s a place where we met, talked and lived in harmony. Great food, great friends, the night was magic! The verdict is in and Thali wins for deliciousness. Thali – Indian Vegetarian Cuisine is at1709 Church Street, Decatur, GA (in the Patel Plaza)