Tabla: A blend of Indian Chinese and Thai
By Chantal Aybar
Creator of @LetsTryThis_Orlando
Tabla opened its doors to the public in 2008 in the heart of Orlando’s tourist district. The location is strategically placed between Orlando Premium Outlets (International Drive) and Universal Orlando yet not far from local Windermere residents. The following decade was filled with growth and loyalty. Tabla became an Orlando staple for Indian, Chinese, and Thai cuisines. This was the result of delightful flavors delivered consistently.
After the first establishment became a success, it was time for another strategic location. In the beginning of 2020, Tabla Winter Park opened on Park Avenue. Local residents on the northern side have been excited to have dined-in, curbside pickup, delivery, and takeout options available right around the corner from them.
Diners planning their first visit should know that the menu has something for everyone! Dietary restrictions can be easily accommodated with gluten-free and vegan options available. Tabla’s menu and online website are organized in sub-menus so that visitors can jump into the section they wish to enjoy. Bread, Appetizers, Chicken entrées, Chinese and Thai curries, Indian Curry, From the Tandoor, From the Wok, Seafood Menu, Jain Menu, Soup, and Salad, Dessert, and most importantly Kids Menu.
The choices are endless but here are a few of my recommendations. Start the Tabla experience with garlic naan. Guests can request the green chili to spice things up. Share an appetizer like Gobi Manchurian that is packed with flavor and is vegetarian friendly. Gobi Manchurian is a fried cauliflower dish that is a staple of the Indian Chinese cuisine. Continue with a tandoori platter, Paneer, Chicken, and Lamb are the most popular options. Finish your experience with a mango lassi and chocolate samosas. The samosas are served with vanilla ice cream and pistachio crumbs. These two desserts are a must-try.
Other guests’ favorites are the curry dishes. These can be ordered from any of the three cuisines that Tabla represents: Indian, Chinese, and Thai. The list of fabulous dishes goes on, including popular options like plain naan, vegetable samosas, butter chicken, fried rice, and Tabla’ shrimp curry. The variety is extraordinary. Tabla requires plenty of visits before anyone can get a good feel for their awesomeness.
For those who have already visited Tabla, consider making reservations for their Chef’s Table Five Course Lunch or Dinner Experience. This dining selection is available by reservation only and made to accommodate parties between two and ten guests. As always, dietary restrictions are taken into consideration. Diners wanting to eat-at-home and/or support a great cause have the option to purchase Tabla Meal Kits starting September 23, 2020. These kits are cooked at home with popular food critique Scott Joseph and Chef Sajan. All proceeds from meal kits go to not-for-profit organization Ekal Vidyalaya, who is providing education to the under privileged in rural and tribal areas of India.
Lastly, for those looking to pair food with drinks, there is yet another section: the wine menu. Whether this will be your first or tenth visit to Tabla, we hope you found this guide helpful.