"Half plates and Full Drinks"
That is an inviting tag line. Tallie Joe opened on Shaftesbury avenue in 2016 and being located just round the corner from work, I have wanted to go for a while. It has taken over a year but I finally visited the other week.
I have walked past the restaurant over lunch a few times and noticed quite a sparsely populated restaurant. It was because of this, I was confident of getting a seat one Friday afternoon. Having previously stared at the menu and seeing what was on offer, I was excited and expecting a tasty visit.
"Talli Joe is a casual, all-day drinking and dining destination on Shaftesbury Avenue, London’s latest foodie hub. Our menu is innovative and vibrant, and delivers the undiscovered regional flavours of India straight to your table"
Half plates to me, means sharing plates and quick bites to eat and share with friends. Gunpowder in East London does this really well and if Talli Joe can get close to this, then it can only be good for all foodies. To be honest, my expectations were not too high. A friend had visited before and spread positive vibes, but not as positive as Gunpowder.
The small plates we ordered were:
With so much on the menu, I would stick to all the half plates. The Dabba, or Tiffin which others are used too, can be useful for one person but as a group order off the larger menu.
The Dabba is an Indian equivalent of what pies used to be. think of a meal for workers, or a packed lunch in one. Almost 200,000 Bombay office workers enjoy a dabba, a three-tiered lunch box carrying a fresh meal prepared at home. Talli Joe do this for ten pounds and give you a veggie or meat half plate, a side plate and some filling goodness. An example of what they have today is:
- Veggie Curry + Coconut Rice and Crispy Okra Raita
The food is tasty and nice but not too outstanding. The equivalent to me is Gunpowder off Commercial Road and Gunpowder has that extra layer and level of quality. The sharing half plates were good and you need to order a good amount to get fully satisfied. Good quality is here, but a few visits is needed to find out what are the standout dishes.
GOOD TIMES: The Chicken Malai Tikka as good as the picture above. Justice
WATCH OUT: These are small plates so you will need to order a fair bit to get full
OMG: I was surprised at how quite it was on a Friday lunch time; maybe busier in the evenings.