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Tiffin: Indian Cuisine in Philly


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Tiffin: Indian Cuisine in Philly

PattiCakes | | Jul 18, 2007 10:37 AM

Tiffin has been mentioned a few times on othe boards discussing Indian food in the Philly area and surrounding suburbs. For those who are not aware, Tiffin is both a take-out/delivery service as well as a restaurant. I know that "tiffin" does not sound as though it's Indian, however a "tiffin" refers to lunches or small meals delivered in containers called tiffins.

I tried the delivery service today at lunch for the first time. Awesome! Although appetizers, sides and entees are available a la carte, Tiffen offers 3 meals per day that are "packages". Each meal consists of a main dish, a vegetable, and a dal. The meal also comes with basmati rice, a naan, and 4 condiments. Each item is in its own plastic container; the set-up comes with a sectioned styro plate & plastic utensils. The 3 meal "packages" vary in price from $7.50-$9.50, not including tax. Right now, delivery is free. Only the main entree varies from meal to meal -- they share common vegetables and dals. It looks as though there are 2 vegetarian entrees offered each day, and one non-vegetarian. All meals for the week are posted on their web site.

The meal I got today consisted of (and I am copying from the web site) Kadai Paneer / Aloo Subzi / Dal Fry
(A delicious mix of homemade cottage cheese, green peppers and onions / Potatoes cooked with tomatoes and onions / Yellow lentils tempered with tomatoes and garlic) . It was $ 7.50.

The other offerings were: Chana Peshwari / Aloo Subzi / Dal fry (Chick peas coated with a special blend of herbs and spices, plus sides a shown above) $7.50; and Chilli Chicken / Aloo Subzi / Dal Fry (After the huge success of chicken manchurian last week, an indo-chinese fusion dish)$ 8.50

I found the portions generous enough to have shared with someone else for lunch, particularly if I had also ordered an appetizer. I also found the food to be very spicey, as well as a little salty, however I don't usually cook with salt, and my tolerence for spice hot food is not as great as someone else's might be. You pay for your meal on line, and they also offer pre-paid meal packages, although I'm not sure exactly how that works.

Would I order again? Heck yes!! As a matter of fact, some of us here at work are already planning a group lunch in a few weeks, ordering from Tiffin. I'd also like to try going to the restaurant. I think the guys who started this are on to something. I'd be interested in other reactions!

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