Restaurant Review: Mayur Thali, Pune in India
Well presented, wholesome with a variety of preparations to satiate ones appetite, the thali (Indian platter of food consisting of a variety of dishes) has always been a very important part of Pune city’s foodscape.
Any mention of Pune’s gourmet scene is incomplete without a discussion on the ubiquitous thalis. A complete meal, the thali is a visual delight as it comes with a myriad of vatis (steel bowls) along with puris, pulav, phulkas, farsan and various other accompaniments. Those who love food, but are worried about their health, can indulge without worrying as thalis are healthy and extremely nutritious.
Mayur thali, the restaurant that set this trend in the city has been a favorite with everyone from the time it opened its doors several years ago in 1974. Now with branches on East Street as well as Magarpatta and Chinchwad, Mayur has established itself as a premium thali restaurant serving the best of food.
The food served in this restaurant is easy on the stomach, a great combination of light as well as filling. For those who want to go out in groups for a meal, a thali in Mayur would be an excellent idea. The food here is unlimited and servers keep refilling generously.
The thali in this restaurant is a combination of Gujarati and Rajasthani food, though once in a while they also dole out some Punjabi and Maharashtrian dishes. Both Gujarat and Rajasthan boast of rich culinary traditions and are well known for their sumptuous food.
Mayur’s food menu is changed frequently so that there is no monotony in the food. The very mention of potli kachoris, khaman dholkas, khandvis, dal baati churma, jalebis, bhajiyas, gatte ki sabzi with bajre ki roti, malpua, dahi vada, Rajwadi Pulao, Gujarati Kadhi makes one’s mouth water.
Mayur succeeds in bringing to Puneites this unique, traditional taste through it’s thali. The menu in Mayur usually consists of two snacks, four vegetables, dal, kadhi, phulkas / puri / paratha, plain rice, masala rice / khichadi, curd and chhaas. They do a special thali on festive occasions and on weekends. The food here is made using less oil and less spices and one doesn’t feel heavy after a meal.
For those who are fasting during festivals, Mayur also dishes up a special Upwas thali which consists of sabudana wada, wafers, allo Salli chiwda, sabudana khichadi, aloo sukha sabzi, rajgira poori, bhagar ka chaawal, and basundi and shrikhand for desserts.
Address: 2434, East Street, Camp, Pune, 411001