The exotic spin-off
What sets Thali apart from other Indian restaurants is Liam applying the Chefs Warehouse filter. The interior is classy and contemporary, there’s a no-reservations policy and dishes are grouped and served over five courses. ‘I don’t want to bombard you with a million different things,’ he says. ‘I want you to be able to taste each individual dish, with the proper salsa or pickle, so you can appreciate the different cooking styles and flavours. So we start with tandoori, move onto your vegetable course, then into curries and finish with something sweet.’ There’s also a heavy emphasis on fresh, seasonal, quality produce, though the menu doesn’t change as frequently as at Chefs Warehouse. The head chef is John van Zyl, who worked with Liam for four years and with Angelo at Urbanologi (see below). R560 for Indian tapas for two.
3 Park Road, Gardens, Cape Town. No phone yet, but call Chefs Warehouse for info. 021-422-0128 INDIAN TAPAS AT THALI