Sometimes SW3 can feel like its own world compared to the rest of London, but in Thali it has a restaurant of comforting familiarity. The bustle of this homely Chelsea curry house—complete with white tablecloths, red walls, and a lurid orange, creamy makhani that’s on pretty much every group's table—is impossible not to like. Everything is pleasing rather than perfect and, while the tarka dal may not be the most punchily spiced you’ve ever had, there’s little not to enjoy about this local’s favourite.

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