We found this place through total chance. Well, not exactly actually. We were on our way to Herwin's vegan restaurant which is just a few stores down, but when we got there we couldn't bring ourselves to go in... the fluorescent hamburger joint vibe was not our scene at all. So after much wandering around (we were trying to find Saravana Bhavan but to no avail), we ended up at Thali's which was almost right next door to where we started.
It's in a little lane that shoots out behind the 7-11 in Bang Rak. It was quite dark and late and I have to say we did hesitate about going in.. there was nobody in there except the staff (although the same could be said for Herwin's). At after 10pm the alternatives were pretty sparse and dodgy so in we went.
The menu wasn't as extensive as some Indian restaurants we've been to recently and some items were out (to be fair, it was very late). We ended up with a mixed vege curry, a makhana dhal, bindhi (lady's finger) curry, mushroom rice and an onion naan. We asked for less oil, as we have become accustomed to doing in Indian restaurants to avoid being doused in the stuff. Oh yes, and we got some lime juice too - one sweet and one salty, just to keep things random!
We were a little nervous as we waited. Drinks came first. The salty lime was.. well, salty but just what my partner felt like. The sweet one was quite sweet but refreshing nevertheless.
Then came the curries and naan. The naan didn't look half bad and a few nibbles confirmed it was indeed pretty good! First curry off the rack was the mixed veg. OMG - it's REALLY good! Like, best we've tried in quite a while. The bhindi curry was a winner too. The daal - a bit creamy for our liking (certainly not vegan by the way, could feel the heaviness of the cream not to mention the ghee that probably goes in it all too) but definitely not bad. We were told the mushroom rice wasn't fried but it still had some oil of some sort in it - it too was nice, but next time we'd probably just go for steamed rice to reduce the oil intake a bit.
The waiter came over several times to check that everything was ok. When he saw our sincerely happy faces he seemed genuinely pleased and explained it was North Indian cuisine.
So yep, we'd have no hesitation in going back if in the mood for Indian. We were craving a salad afterwards, but hey it's indian so that's pretty standard in our experience.
Cons: not a huge menu (not small either though, not very glitzy, a tad oily but not bad for indian