We all go through days when we feel lazy and we just don’t want to cook yet want to have something nice for lunch! Off late I’m really hitting those days. Few days back, I saw a banner outside the Jessore Road Alibaba outlet saying they have launched thalis starting at Rs. 80. So when I was just lazying around I thought of ordering them up.
The basic dishes in thali are chicken/egg/paneer masala type gravy, one veg item, one dal/another veg item, pulao and a gulab jamun. I placed an order around 11:15 a.m. and they said they’ll be delivering it around 2. Now one thing, we prefer home deliveries from food station at times when we want to eat and not when they want us to eat. So I think if a customer is calling them up and asking them to deliver items at a certain time, for their good will they should do that. Their joint is 10 minutes away from home. Since we had some issues at home that day we couldn’t go their to pick it ourselves. So we asked them to drop it by 1 but they were adamant on dropping it at 2. Alibaba, if you are reading this, improve your home delivery service.
Finally the thali arrived and we found that it was rather well packed. There was no leak, there was no gravy flowing around. The plastic seal was tightly placed and it took us quite an effort to remove it.
Finally we removed it and there was the food staring at us. We ordered a chicken and an egg thali. The dishes that were same in both the thalis were moong daal (pulses), sarson baingan ki sabzi (brinjal in mustard gravy) and a gulab jamun. There were two tiny small eggs in the egg thali and 4 small pieces of chicken in the chicken one. Both of them had the same gravy.
These two are the chicken thali. The egg thali is in the next pic.
Portion wise, it’s really enough for one person. I mean per person Rs. 80-90 for 5 items in a thali….is really good. The portions are filling and you really can’t complain.
Coming to the taste. I’ll take you through the dishes one by one!
- Pulao: It was not cooked properly. The grains were raw and there was absolutely no taste in it.
- Moong Daal : This one was pretty normal….better….can’t complain!
- Sarson and Baingan Ki Sabzi : Tasteless. It wasn’t properly seasoned. Tere was just no taste in it.
- Chicken Curry : Nothing over the top. Low on spice, low on seasoning.
- Egg Curry : Same as chicken curry.
- Gulab Jamun : The best item in the entire thali.
Overall, when I look at it, I find it good for the time when you are in a hurry or you are late for home and you are in no mood to cook for yourself. But eat it while its still hot. Once its cold, the entire thali is tasteless. Otherwise, you can happily give this one a miss.And the dishes change from time to time, so you might be surprised once or twice as they might turn out good.
The Veg and Egg thali is priced at Rs.80 and the Chicken thali is priced at Rs.90.
- The quantity.
- The packaging.
- The price.
- The basic thing…..taste…..is missing.
- The rice is never cooked properly.
- Low seasoning.
Will I repurchase ???? NOOOOOO…..unless it’s the last option left.
I hope by now you know that’s its really not something you should waste your money on and one thing, has anyone else noticed that Alibaba’s reputation and food is degrading day by day??? If you feel the same, do comment below and let me know what you think of it. Till then….stay healthy, stay beautiful….lots of Love XOXO