It’s been a while since our review visit to Tiwari Tea House (1/578 Barkly Street, West Footscray) – and almost as long since they announced they were serving thalis in addition to the cool line-up of snacky delights.
But now we’ve made it and – we’re delighted with the outcome.
The Tiwari thalis come in two sizes – smaller ($9.95) and the Maharaja ($14.95); we’re hungry, so are quick to go with the latter.
What we get is unassuming, delicious and perfect for our mood.
Rice studded with cumin seeds.
A wonderfully smooth dal made with kidney beans, dosed with cream.
A paneer dish with a tomato-based gravy.
Aloo ghobi – reheated, sure, but all the better and tastier for it, we reckon.
Chunky raita, thicker and more stuffed with veg matter that we normally expect with such meals.
Two mini-papudums, two lovely house-made rotis, (commercial) tangy pickle.
A plump, warm gulab jamun.
As well, we’re served a dish of salad veg on the side.
We wipe the various bowls clean.
The thing about these thalis is the low-key simplicity and wholesomeness.
They’re unglamorous in a home-style way.
The price is spot on.
Tiwari Tea House is doing it’s thali thing for lunches only – which means weekends for non-working folks.
Still, we recommend!