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In the Broadway Historic District of New Haven, is Chef Prasad Chirnomula's casual and fun dining experience, Thali Too. This all vegetarian restaurant features traditional Indian food in a unique setting amidst the Shops at Yale. At Thali Too, you can dine inside or out on their spacious patio, and they also offer food "to go".
|Thali Too on Broadway in New Haven|
(next to the Yale Bookstore)
Chef Chef Prasad was the winner of both the 2011 & 2013 Elm City Iron Chef Competitions, and has also been featured at area food and wine festivals (Greenwich Food & Wine Festival, and Savor CT, Foxwood Resort Casino's Wine and Food Festival).
In addition to Thali Too in the Yale district, Chef Chirnomula is the owner/operator/chef at four other restaurants in Connecticut, Thali in New Haven, Westport, and Ridgefield, and Oaxaca Kitchen, also in New Haven.
Thali Too has a really unique menu - it's a tablet that allows you to view pictures of the items and offers a full description of the menu selection. What a great option this is for newbies to Indian Cuisine and Vegetarian food, like me!
|Thali Too Menu Tablet|
We started our tasting with some cocktails! Of course!
Pictured left to right below are the TAJMO COCKTAIL (Svedka Vodka, Triple sec, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice), the MUMBAI MARGARITA (Matador Tequila, Lime juice, Stirrings All Natural Orange Liqueur with a spicy lemon chili rim) and FAITHFULLY GINGER (Gin, Elder Flower, Ginger, Lime and Turmeric)
|L-R Tajmo Cocktail, Mumbai Margarita, Faithfully Ginger Cocktail|
First on our tasting was BHEL POORI (CHAT) a sweet, sour ,and spicy emulsion of chat, puffed light rice and lentil noodles. This was sooo good and the flavor combo was incredible.
|BHEL POORI (CHAT)|
Next, we cleared our palates with a great Mediterranean style salad, complete with stuffed grape leaves!
GREEK GODDESS SALAD
Romaine lettuce, Bulgarian feta, olives, red onion, stuffed grape leaf,
naan bread with garlic & lemon oil vinaigrette
There is also a flat bread pizza available. This is a great item to share! The one we sampled was deliciously crispy and topped with my favorite eggplant!
Naanizza Flat Breads
Paradise Flat Bread with roasted eggplant,
artichoke hearts & portabella mushrooms
We then munched on some nan bread served with a delicious chick pea dipping sauce. This was another of my favorites. The chick pea mixture was billed as spicy, but I found it to be moderately spicy. Not overpowering at all.
CHOLE BATHURA (H) (V)
Spicy chick peas and deep fried nan bread
Next was an Indian version of a 'taco' - served with a deliciously crisp salad!
Corn tortilla, spiced paneer, and cilantro pesto, cucumber salsa
Another favorite was the Falafel which was served with a side of the most amazing crispy fried vegetables.
Nan bread, chickpea and herb falafel, Tahini
The showstopper of the evening was the Dosa! A humongous crepe-like bread, served with dipping sauce. This was a fun item to share with friends! You just rip off pieces of the bread and spoon some of the toppings on your plate to dip (and double-dip!!) to your pleasure!
A thin rice crepe served with dips
We then moved on to desserts, sampling GULAB JAMUN and some VANILLA ICE CREAM.
Deep fried milk balls in just so slightly sweet honey syrup
Here's a quick picture of the interior of Thali Too.
And a picture of the outdoor dining area - my favorite area to eat in the summer!
Thali Too is a wonderful place to get some traditional Indian food and Indian Street Food. And it's located in such a great area with some wonderful retail outlets like J. Crew, Yale Bookstore, Urban Outfitters, and more. So much to do - and steps away from beautiful Yale University where you can view some amazing Gothic architecture!
Be sure you stop and visit Thali Too soon!
Thali Too65 Broadway
New Haven, CT 06511
Disclaimer: We were invited to Thali Too by members of their managment and marketing team, however all views expressed are our own.
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