The special Vegetarian Thali at Bistro, St James Court, A Taj Hotel, London

Diwali, the festival lights, is my favourite Hindu festival, celebrating the triumph of good over evil. The essence of Diwali is the recollection of  Ramayan, a story in which the the Hindu god Rama returned to his kingdom with his wife, Sita, and his brother, Lakchman, after several years of exile.

Diyas (clay lamps) were lit everywhere to illuminate the path making it easy for them to be guided back home and now during Diwali it is custom to light lots of candles in homes.

One of the best things about Diwali is the amazing food available to feast on to celebrate, and this year I was very grateful to have been invited to Bistro, a fabulous restaurant located at St. James’ Court, a Taj Hotel, to experience their exclusive Vegetarian Thali, which is available until 6 November 2019 in honour of Diwali. It was actually our first time eating out at a restaurant for Diwali and we loved it so much we will definitely do it again!

A Thali refers is a plate, generally made of steel, on which food is served. It has a variety of dishes served in small bowls called Katori. Usually a Thali will have flatbread, rice, dal, raita, starters and mains. This varies from region to region.

To tantalise our taste buds in anticipation of Bistro’s Vegetarian Thali, was a welcome drink of a Mango Lassi Shot, beautifully adorned with an edible flower. It was just sublime!

Then came the stunning silver plated Thali, which had a Raj Kachori (the king of kachoris), Tilwala Paneer Tikka, Vegetable Malai Kofta, Lasooni Palak Paneer, Kashmiri Dum Aloo and Dal Kandhari served with a Dry Fruit Pulao and Methi Ka Thepla, all arranged beautifully.

It was all so tasty and decadent, and I particularly enjoyed the Tilwala Paneer Tikka and the Kashmiri Dum Aloo, which is a slow cooked curry with the potatoes cooked under pressure, and one of my all time favourites. The gravy was so full of flavour and moreish, and my mouth is watering thinking about it now!

I loved that thepla was served as the breads as its one of my favourites, and a bread that takes me down memory lane.

The Thali proved to be so delectable that my husband had wolfed his down before I had even gotten through a third of mine! We both thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was the perfect portions, leaving us content but excited for dessert!

For Dessert was a trio of Indian classics; Gajar & Dry Fruit Halwa garnished with Gold Leaf, Rasmalai served in a chocolate cup and Rose Ice Cream, whose flavours took me back to my childhood. I loved that they had chosen all time favourites here and again the portion sizes were absolutely spot on.

It was such a lovely way to celebrate Diwali and the food was so full of flavour, perfectly cooked and delicious. The selection of dishes on the Thali would please anyone as it was all the much loved classics!

In honour of Diwali, I had chosen to dress up and add to the special occasion of Diwali, and the opulent St James Court, a Taj Hotel, was the perfect venue to be dressed up in!

Being a Taj Hotel, the service at Bistro was impeccable too, and the restaurant was light, airy and spacious. It was my first time dining at Bistro and it is perfect for lunch, a leisurely meal or full dinner sitting. I will certainly head back soon to sample more of their dishes on their a la carte menu!

I would highly recommend Bistro’s Vegetarian Thali menu it if you are looking for somewhere to celebrate Diwali this year with your loved ones. The Vegetarian Thali is available daily for dinner until 6th November, and is priced at £45 per person, so get booking!

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About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. Neha wrote:

    Binny my mouth is watering just reading this. It all sounds and looks so amazing.

    Posted 10.28.19 Reply
  2. Happy Diwali, Binny! And this place looks a real treat too. That dum aloo is my kind of dish..

    Posted 11.1.19 Reply
  3. Laura wrote:

    Firstly you look beautiful! And then secondly the food sounds delicious, perfect for a celebration!

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
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