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Tiffin's Curry and Roti House (Cgy): Jeebus this is good.

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Tiffin's Curry and Roti House (Cgy): Jeebus this is good.

John Manzo | May 14, 2005 10:38 PM

There is an interesting set of ethnic restos in Calgary at 28th St SE just north of Memorial, where De Dutch Pannenkoek is- among them are Babylon, which I've extolled on here as my fave Med resto in the whole damn country (it's Iraqi-Lebanese), a new Jamaican place, a sushi place, a pita bakery, and a place called Tiffin's Curry and Roti House. Now, since I've discovered the stewed joys at Babylon, that's what partner and I usually get if we're in the area (as in coming back from the aiport or, on this day, coming back from partner's hand surgery at Peter Lougheed).

This day (Weds of this week) we decided to give Tiffin's another try. We'd been there twice before and found it charming (they have a roti machine- think an infinitely healthier version of the donut machine at Krispy Kreme) and cost effective, but, as with all the Ismaili Indian places I've been to (eg Samosa Garden), just kinda "off" for their Africanized version of Indian food- I find Ismaili stuff way too sweet and way too thin tasting.

BUT Tiffin's has hit its stride- the food was spectacular and CHEAP! We got to-go double orders of butter chicken, baigan aloo (potatoes and eggplant) and a creamy dish of peas and string beans, a dozen rotis (these are quite small, nothing like West Indian roti), and a spicy tomato and pepper chutney, pickled carrots and mango pickle.

Everything was tremendous, rich and full of deep flavour, nothing like what I had had there previously. It was in fact as good as any food I'd had in the city short of Glory of India- and the amazing thing was that the entire order was about $24. The order of butter chicken was 8, with as tasty a gravy, more chicken, and simply a larger portion than I would get at Moti Mahal for $14.50. We ate to our hearts' content(s) and had plenty left over to make a biryani the next day (microwave leftover biryani: half-cook basmati rice in the microwave (10 mins), then take the rice out, mix in your Indian leftovers, microwave for 10 more minutes, fluff and ta-da, a very servicable and toothsome biryani). I am thrilled with this place.

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