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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Indian, Asian
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago

To celebrate a family birthday we went, together with some friends of the Birthday Boy to Thali and Tandoor. We love this restaurant, great food and lovely staff. There were 14 adults and three 4 year olds. We have very much enjoyed Sunday visits to...the restaurant, when the 'feast' is on offer. This costs £50 for up to five diners, so three of these would be ideal for us. I went in a couple of weeks in advance to ask if they would consider allowing us to have the 'feasts' on the Saturday evening, rather than the normal Sunday. No hesitation, quite happy to arrange this. Our family members have enjoyed this meal before, but the friends who were new to it assumed that the huge platters of samosas, bajis, battered vegetables etc constituted the main meal. These were just the first course. Then three roast chickens appeared accompanied by generous bowls of dhal, balti, chick pea dishes, - all sorts. Just brilliant, so delicious. Our family includes two vegans and a veggie and the few dishes they could not eat were carefully pointed out. There was heaps suitable for them. Having the food ordered in advance cut out the nightmare of 14 adults ordering a disparate selection of dishes, inevitably with confusion and duplication. The bill which included four bottles of wine, plenty of beer, a couple of cocktails and kids' drinks was incredibly reasonable. The staff are always so kind and friendly, and on this occasion also very patient with the three kids. For a gathering of friends and family, who enjoy excellent food cooked and served by charming staff it has to be the nicest restaurant in Bedford.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading other reviews we were a little concerned about visiting this restaurant. We are delighted to say had wonderful evening, fantastic food and received excellent friendly service from the staff.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a aesthetically very pleasing restaurant it’s decorated very tastefully and I applaud that as a lot of Asian restaurants have a very bleak and old fashioned look. The starter was a off menu plate that was put together for us. Enjoyed that it...was brilliant. The mains were perhaps not designed for a refined Asian/ “desi” palate… they were generally rather bland but again that maybe because they’re catering to more western palates. The service was slow , poor an at times unacceptable. As read below there are members of staff who errrm either don’t want to speak with you or speak in a lacklustre fashion. Mumble, quiet as a mouse on a Saturday night In a busy restaurant. A lot of the times just looked at you blankly and lost as if you were alien. Perhaps a restaurant!! Waiting staff!!! Is not the job for this individual… We were a large party but seem to me forgotten about… it was 20 minutes before we got asked for drinks or popadums etc …. Understood it can take a while to cater for a large group but Starters took quite some time and once served plates left there for 40 mins !?!? Not asked for any further drinks … a service charge is optional to pay right and we didn’t want to … to which the staff protested you didn’t spend enough or order enough!?!? Isn’t the whole point of going to a restaurant… ordering WHAT YOU WANT ?! I.e eat what you want. It all turned very sour on both sides I must admit but it’s unnecessary to speak to the women in our party the way one of them did which almost sparked a confrontation! Unfortunate experience, felt left out in the cold , other clients made priority over us , strangely enough a preference given to non Asian clients … in an Asian restaurant, from Asian people 😂 it was rather laughable… all of which we paid in the excess of £230 for.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The menu was not your usual Indian Restaurant fare and the explanations of the dishes origins were great. My wife had the Veg Biriani and I had Afghan Lamb, both were excellent and the extras we ordered were also brill. The waiters were cool and...I spoke with an off duty chef outside and told the fella to keep up the good work😁 Will go back if in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have wanted to try this restaurant for ages and was not disappointed. If you love curries but want to try something different I really recommend this place. Food was fantastic, restaurant contemporary and staff attentive. Thank you. We will return.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 2 September 2021 via mobile

Visited last night and food was fantastic, however the service was extremely slow. Appreciate times are a little harder for hospitality at the moment so my review is not based on the service. The main problem is the attitude and and friendliness of the waiting...staff. One example was asking about if a dish contained nuts or pulses the waiter just mumbled it’s ok. There were quite a few instances and all my children commented about how they felt he was quite rude. It also brought up the conversation of a service charge. I did begrudge paying it last night and wish I had mentioned this at the time. Now on to the positive things, the sea bass, king prawns jalfrezi, butter chicken were all delicious and really well cooked. We’d have ordered a side with sea bass had we known it was literally just the fish. We were not advised of this. The sides of sag aloo and chicken tikka were again lovely. Not sure when I’ll visit again but for food is definitely worth it.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 July 2021 via mobile

Very bland food. Nothing special. Eaten there once and won’t be a returning customer. Football was on at the time and the staff were more interested in watching that.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 29 May 2021 via mobile

Absolutely amazing food and service!! Love this place. Best Indian around for miles! Thoroughly recommend 💕😋

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 10 January 2021

Had a great meal here. We tried lots of different sides as there were so many vegan and veggie foods we wanted to try. They were delicious! They were down on staff but explained and we received great service anyway. Looking forward to going back....Have since recommended to my parents who also enjoyed a meal out too and commented that the staff were really friendly.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 3 October 2020

We both had Thali and was without doubt the best we have ever had, staff very helpful and friendly will make a point of returning ASAP !!!!

Date of visit: September 2020
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Thali & Tandoor is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5