The Tiffin Room caper in Liverpool

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Tiffin Room

So, historically a tiffin room was where traditional south Indian snacks were served. Tiffin items are dishes like ‘Dosa’, ‘Idli’, ‘Bhajji’, ‘Vada’, a variety of ‘Bhath’ (rice preparations), and south Indian street food.

Feature by Jean Hill

We (His & Hers) had a lovely invitation to dine at a newly opened Indian restaurant on Duke Street.  What could be simpler! Then I injured my ankle in a ridiculous accident. Nothing broken, but the ankle was swollen to twice its normal size and getting footwear on was challenging. Then my Easter online shopping order came in late and the race was on.

Like Cinderella, the shoe (or boot) eventually fitted and helped on our way by taxis, we arrived, just in time.

We were warmly greeted and seated comfortably, with a window view. The décor is Indian in theme. This is a spacious, elegant dining room, sectioned off to allow for semi intimate dining. If a traditional tiffin room served snacks, this Tiffin Room is far more sophisticated with broader ambitions, yet firmly rooted in tradition.

Tiffin Room 1

The cuisine relies on spice and flavour rather than heat. The dishes are based on the best of Indian street food, with an additional range of Indo-Chinese food. Not to forget the Tandoori specials. We took advice and started with home made samosa with peshwari naan and paani puri, which is puffed hollow pastry with potato and mint flavoured water. I cannot describe how delicious and melt in the mouth this pastry concoction was. We tried Gobi Manchurian, which was a stunning cauliflower dish, in batter with sweet peppers with a glorious sauce. Sadly it is a secret recipe so I cannot share.

The service was friendly and really informative. We were surrounded by friendly staff, eager to talk about the cuisine and recommend dishes.

My main was chatpata mango and aubergine masala and onion with coriander naan. The taste was sweet, spicy, hot and sour: subtle and oh so enjoyable. Our editor opted for butter chicken, which was tikka in tangy tomato sauce, tender and succulent.

We shared a kulfi: traditional Indian ice-cream. It was gorgeous. Perfect evening and this restaurant comes totally recommended.

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