How many of you have had Thali on your last visit to an Indian restaurant? Exactly!
It appears that in Mumbai, Thali - which is a selection of dishes served together in small bowls on a round tray - is on its way out. This has to do with the changes in the eating patterns - perhaps due to health reasons. People don't want to consume a large plate of meal; instead they prefer to order their meals through a menu of Punjabi or Chinese dishes.
Patrons are not willing to pay Rs. 30 - 35 for a Thali - instead they prefer mini-meals. So, Thali restaurants have two choices - go out of business or change the menau.
It won't be a while before Thali will be served only on special occasions.