FOOD - "The Delicious" - Indian/Pakistani - Vegetarian

Tiffin Wallah in Curry Hill

August 22, 2011

Tiffin Wallah

A couple weeks ago was one of the first times in a while that I went to an Indian restaurant. It’s not that I don’t like the food of my peoples (au contraire, I love), it’s just that I don’t really think about going to a restaurant to getting my hands on some chicken tikka masala. But you know, I live away from home, and (clearly) I don’t make enough time to cook at home. When my friends suggested we get dosas for dinner, I was game for once so we headed over to Tiffin Wallah in “Curry Hill” (that’s a totally non-official name for you non-NY’ers, but it refers to the desi-restaurant laden area of Murray Hill).

Papri chaat

We broke fast with papri chaat (crisp fried dough, chick peas, tamarind sweet yogurt and date chutney) kinda like how I would at home (did I mention I miss home?). My friend Miral ordered some Indian naan-pizza thing which we can’t remember the name for the life of us…I think it was the Chili+Cheese Dosa they have (they say it’s their version of a quesadilla and that sounds about right).

It's like an Indian pizza...

The rest of us ordered masala dosas, only I got the paneer masala one.

Masala dosa

Paneer masala dosa

I will say that the masala dosas totally trumped my paneer one (paneer is an Indian cheese, by the way). I couldn’t really even taste the cheese so it didn’t really do much for me. I enjoyed the food, but I will say I think I slightly prefer the chutneys you’d get at Saravana. For what it’s worth, we didn’t smell like tiffin walle after our meal so I guess that should account for something.

Restaurant Info:
Tiffin Wallah

127 East 28th St.
at Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10079
Murray Hill


Meal: Dinner
Occasion: Iftar (fast-breaking)
Price: $$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: **
Food: **
Service: **
Would I go back?: Yes


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