A quick review of a new but old favourite
Tiffin has recently moved into Harborne and taken residence in the building that was once occupied by Turners 69. Whilst they may be new to the area, Tiffin is run by the management team behind Purnima in Bearwood which once sat in the top 20 venues in Birmingham on Trip Advisor and was one of our favourite places to eat locally (notably, Purnima’s ranking has dropped since the team left and our experience mirrors this decline in quality, the recent Trip Advisor reviews make for some interesting reading too) Tiffin is owned by the people behind the popular Umami which is also close by!
Anyway, we were greeted by some friendly faces and chatted about the new venture, as a former Michelin Star venue the decor remains plush, luxurious and yet understated- we certainly felt that our Friday night curry had just got a bit fancier! The addition of tables outside was a nice touch for a warm night and we noted that the staff were on hand to greet everyone that came in as soon as they reached the door- service here is good.
Pleasingly, the menu remains mostly unchanged but there are some new dishes present too. After choming through some poppadoms we started with the Tiffin sharing platter, which is remarkably cheap but comes with lamb chops, marinated chicken and sheesh kebabs. The chops were particularly good and we couldn’t help but pick them up to strip the last morsels of meat off the bone
Starters swiftly cleared we moved on to our main courses, in the past we have always over ordered so I was certain we had made the same mistake again but the portion sizes are a little smaller than at Purnima which works well for us. I’d much rather have lots of smaller things than one huge meal.
Jordan ordered his go-to dish of Lamb Roshni, a rich tomato based sauce with lots of slow roasted garlic running through it and some whole cloves too (these are the best bit) its not overly spicy but there is a real depth of flavour from the slow cooked shallots and lightness from spring onion. Without question, the meat is always tender and it comes across as a dish that is given a lot of time for the flavours to develop.
I steered away from my dish of choice (Jinga Mass- tilapia with prawns in a mild sauce) and decided to try one of the new dishes. Sticking to a similar theme , I ordered a South Indian coconut curry (which isn’t’ shown on the online menu) we had a pilau rice and a garlic naan to share which was more than enough for us. My curry was light yet creamy and whilst it was mild it was slightly sour which is a refreshing change from the sweeter dishes normally available. I had plenty of prawns which were large and well cooked.
Tiffin might be pitching at the ‘casual curry’ market but it does feel above the standard that you would normally expect. Much of the appeal comes from interaction with the staff who are always helpful and accommodating. I’ve asked for dishes to be modified in the past and its always been a breeze, equally this smaller setting means a calmer atmosphere and a more comfortable setting.
Harborne is a competitive area to operate in right now but I hope we see Tiffin makes its mark on the high street
Tiffin Indian Cuisine
69 High St
Tel: 0121 426 4440