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Indian Tiffin Room

Indian subcontinent

Indian Tiffin Room is doing something quite different to your average Anglo-Indian flock wall-papered curry house. They specialise in serving restaurant versions of the typical street food you’ll find across India. The ‘grazing or starters’ represent the fact a huge proportion of India is vegetarian, although carnivores can chew their way through a marinated chicken lollypop or an Indo-Chinese chilli chicken. Paani Puri is comprised of six delicate pastry shells with lightly spiced potatoes and chopped salad, add chilled mint water then pop into your mouth for an ‘explosion’. The 15 ingredients of Bhel Puri defy the modest menu description of ‘crushed crispy pastry, seasoned potatoes and puffed rice coated with date chutney’. Each dig of the fork reveals new combinations of vegan buried treasure topped with shining pomegranate rubies. What they don’t know about combining rice and lentils isn’t worth knowing; giant pancake dosas, uttapam and passarattu are uniformly excellent. Mains include coconut Kerala fish curry and the house slow-cooked lamb, while authentic desserts include rasmalai, made of two gently pressed tabs of homemade milk curd flavoured with saffron, cardamom and pistachio. Wines are not a particular strength but otherwise this branch and the second outlet in Manchester city centre have been favourably compared with London’s Trishna.

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