Thali delight

Amrita Prasad
Thursday, 25 October 2018

The Urban Foundry has introduced the thali to give you the best of both worlds — Indian and Chinese

LED lights, metal chandeliers, bare brick walls adorned with metal strips, furniture designed to resemble old machine parts, and a menu that has items inspired from the names of machine parts, metals and alloys — everything about The Urban Foundry has been meticulously put together to create an old factory vibe. Quite true to its name and essence, the casual bar and restaurant, situated amidst IT companies in Kalyani Nagar, does actually transport you to a manufacturing unit.  

The quirky décor, along with desi one-liners like Aawaaz Vaadhav DJ Tula..., Chill Bro, Hovude Kharcha, Jyada Dekh Mat Pagli Pyaar Ho Jayega etc written here and there, adds the right amount of cheekiness to the place. The Urban Foundry has another outlet at Balewadi High Street, Baner, which has similar décor, ambience and menu (barring a few items) and is equally popular. 

This drinks-to-dinner place is famous for bringing desi twists to Continental and Asian food and vice versa. Some of its signature and most loved dishes include sushi and dumplings. Other popular dishes include Calcutta Chilli Chicken, Chicken Chettinad Pizza, Chilli Paneer Changezi etc that have been catergorised under sections like Large Foundry Thermodynamics, Nuts and Bolts, The Foundry Epic II. 
However, the place has another surprise in store for its guests now — the good old thali! Under its new offerings — Belly Full, The Urban Foundry (at both the outlets) is serving thalis on weekdays that are just perfect for corporates and those looking for a delicious meal that doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket. 

Available from Monday to Friday from noon to 4 pm, the Foundry Thali is a heartwarming lunch starting at Rs 299 (plus taxes) serving Veg Indian and Chinese Thali, and Chicken Indian and Chicken Chinese Thali. Besides taking you on a delightful culinary journey of two cultures — India and China, what guests will appreciate is that the limited thali can be shared by two. So you needn’t be intimidated at the thought of finishing the whole thali. 

To offer variety to customers, the cuisines for the thali remain consistent, however, the menu keeps changing. When we visited the Kalyani Nagar outlet on a Thursday afternoon, we were told that we could either share or order two separate thalis. Our idea was to get a taste of both the cuisines, hence we asked for a Veg Chinese Thali and a Chicken Indian thali. 

The Indian platter comprises two starters, a gravy dish, dal, two rotis, rice, raita, a non-alcoholic drink and a delicious sweet. The Chinese platter includes noodles, fried rice, momos, sauce, Fryums, iced tea, a gravy dish and a dessert. While preparing our thalis, the manager suggested that we try some of their cocktails and signature dumplings and sushi. So we sipped on Smoked New York Sour, a cocktail made of bourbon and red wine float, and the refreshing Tuf D-Tox, (a mocktail created with coconut water, lime, cucumber and mint) and we also observed that everyone around us were going for the Foundry Thali, even kids as young as 10 seemed to enjoy it. 

Meanwhile, we tried small portions of Crunchy Broccoli Black Roll (sushi made of broccoli and black rice and served with Wasabi sauce and Kikkoman sauce), Singhada Chaat Dumplings (dumplings filled with chopped water chesnuts), Kali Mirch Chicken Dumpling (chicken dumplings spiced with black pepper), Bhut Jolokia Garlic Chicken Dumpling (chicken dumplings spiced with ghost pepper and garlic), Magik Mushroom Dumpling (dumplings stuffed with button mushrooms and flavoured with Indian spices). 

When our thalis arrived at our table, we were slightly perplexed as to what to try first, because the aroma of Indian flavours filled our senses with delight and the sight of Chinese platter tempted us to dig into it immediately. 

The Chicken Indian Thali offered Tandoori Roti, Raita, Tandoori Chicken Kebab, Butter Chicken, Dal Tadka, Jeera Rice, Spinach Cheese Pops Acchar, Papad, Gulab Jamun, and Chaas. The Tandoori Chicken Kebabs were packed with the flavours of Indian spices and succulent as well because the chicken had been marinated in yoghurt. Butter Chicken is every chicken lover’s delight and this flavourful, rich, creamy and mildly spiced dish brought a smile to our faces as we took a spoonful and relished the heavenly bite. Jeera Rice/ Tandoori Roti were the perfect accompaniments. Gulab Jamun and Chaas at the end of the meal made us happy and satiated. 

Coming to the Chinese Thali, it was one of the most versatile thalis that we have come across. A big platter comprising Lemon Grass Iced Tea, Pickled Cucumber, Crispy Lotus Stem Ki Bhel, Veg Fried Rice, Sichuan Cottage Cheese, Spicy Veg Momos, Manchurian Sauce, Veg Hakka Noodles, Fryums and Chocolate Mousse helped us indulge in another flavourful experience. 

While the Lemon Grass Iced Tea was reinvigorating on a sunny afternoon, the Sichuan Cottage Cheese perfectly complemented the Hakka Noodles and the Veg Fried Rice tasted delicious with Manchurian Sauce. For someone who hasn’t tasted spicy momos, the Spicy Veg Momos is a must try. Dipped in gravy, the slightly orangish momos were a nice surprise. 

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience of trying the combination of two different thalis with different cuisines. If you want to relish the thalis, you know where to head.

ST READER SERVICE  
Venue: Foundry Thali at The Urban Foundry, B-3, ground floor, Cerebrum IT Park, Marigold Complex, Kalyani Nagar. Valet parking available. 

Timings:  Monday to Friday, noon to 
4 pm. 

Price: Veg Indian / Chinese Thali is priced at Rs 299 (plus taxes) and Chicken Indian / Chicken Chinese Thali is priced at Rs 349 (plus taxes).

Parking: Valet parking available.

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