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Indulge in tongue-tickling thalis

Jay Solanki | January 10, 2006

We continue with our reader-driven series on must-sample restaurants and eating places across the country. Foodie Jay Solanki tells you where to enjoy an unlimited Gujarathi thali in Mumbai.

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f you are in Mumbai and love Gujarati and Rajasthani cuisine, you must visit the Golden Star Thali restaurant. Located bang opposite Charni Road station, this cosy little restaurant serves a thali that has to be described as jumbo-sized -- it is rich in taste and slightly heavy on the pockets at Rs 195 per thali, inclusive of taxes, but the quantity they serve is more than satisfying even if you are very hungry.

Though the thali itself is unlimited, one of the sweets (in summer it will probably be aamras) is limited.

Here are the contents of the thali:

image ~ A variety of salads to begin with.

~ A variety of breads like phulka, bhakri, baajre ki roti, puri, etc.

~ A variety of delicious Gujarati, Rajasthani and Punjabi curries, dal and kadhi.

~ Sweets and farsan.

~ A variety of rice-based dishes.

~ Items like sev puri and dal baati.

~ And how can one forget the great Gujarati undhiyo, a spicy combination of fresh vegetables, underground vegetables and peas?

~ Each thali includes branded bottled water and chhaas (buttermilk).

The service is fantastic, while the ambience is just about okay.

Golden Star Thali is a small cosy place; this is not surprising considering the real estate prices in Opera House. Since it is small, it gets crowded on weekends. You will find Gujaratis, Parsis and some foreigners tucking into thalis on weekends, especially on Saturdays from 8 pm to 9.30 pm and on Sundays from 1 pm to 2.30 pm.

The crowd mostly comprises families. This place is not advisable for families with too many small kids as a child's thali costs approximately Rs 150.

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate the Golden Star Thali as follows:

Service: 8

Taste of food: 7.5

Cleanliness: 6.5

Variety: 8

If you love Gujarati or Rajasthani food, Golden Star Thali is a must-visit. If you don't, it still is for you could acquire a taste for this kind of cuisine.

Jay Solanki, 28, is an advertising professional and lives in Mumbai.

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Sub: Try this tongue-tickling thali

There are n no of gujju/raj thali places in mumbai who serve u all this for 50/70 rs, whats so spl of this one.


Posted by Vijay





Sub: Whose tongues are they licking????

Looks like Rediff has got some weirdos in their editorial staff who go around licking tongues... Licking thalis is still understandable, but tongues????


Posted by Hannibal




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