Thali, Ottawa, Ontario

A “thali” is a traditional style of meal but also a kind of kitchenware.  Like dishes within a dish, there are several smaller vessels on a platter. Composed of contrasting flavours, textures, with complimentary spices and aromas, the results are balanced, complex and absolutely delicious. This method of presentation and service offers a plethora of flavours once reserved only for special occasion but has become popularized in homes through out India and around the world.

At his restaurant, Thali, award-winning chef and author Joe Thottungal shares his culinary philosophy of traditional Kerala cooking styles combined with seasonal Canadian ingredients. Thali and the culinary team under his leadership interprets a new style of Canadian cuisine representing Chef Thottungal’s lived experience.  At the helm of two amazing Ottawa eateries, Thali and the newly re-opened Coconut Lagoon he connects his past and present without any compromise to flavor or authenticity. Joe is an awarded chef with a strong reputation as a community builder. Thali and Coconut Lagoon celebrate South Indian cooking and the joys that are both simplistic yet rustic, grand, glorious, and delicious!

Contact Thali at the number below to reserve a Food Day Canada table.

Contactez Thali directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre Journée des terroirs réservation.

Phone: (613)594-4545


136 O’Connor St,

Ottawa ON K2P 2G7

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