The culinary muscle flexed by Thali's Chef Prasad Chirnomula has educated and perhaps even defined Connecticut's interest and demand for Indian cuisine. With the fifth Thali opening in Westport, and his thirteenth restaurant overall, Chef Prasad has clearly hit his stride. Mining the traditional and regionally diverse dishes of India with a contemporary interpretation is Thali's niche. Staying true to this, Thali Westport innovates with a small plate approach skewed thoughtfully toward our impatient palates and lighter wallets. Throughout his menus, Chef Prasad uses his homeland as a starting point with each Thali launch continuing to raise the bar for eclectic Indian culinary experiences and Westport is paving the way.
The beauty of the small plate style of eating is two-fold. As a way to explore an interesting menu in greater depth, it offers you smaller proportions and more opportunities to experience different flavor profiles. It also offers a relaxed and steady stream of food, as the kitchen will send out each plate as it is prepared rather than slam you all at once. I much prefer this anyway as I know my shrimp, usually done in a flash will not be overdone or sit waiting for my lamb croquettes to catch up. And if you prefer not to share, you can easily order an entree or make a meal out of your own small plates and hoard them for yourself, you selfish gastronome.