23 Russia Row,
Off Gresham Street
+44 20-7600-4899 (Intl)
Description & Atmosphere
Tucked away in a back street — not far from St. Paul's Cathedral
— Tiffinbites is an imposing glass-fronted warehouse-style
very satisfying delicious Indian food to the City types who work
in the area. It's not on your normal tourist trail, but is well
worth seeking out for a different type of Indian experience. When
say "seeking out," we mean get directions, as it is not easy to
Interior has soft ambience, low lighting, comfortable sofas with
vibrant colored cushions in the bar with bench-style/banquette
seating in the restaurant.
Tiffinbites offers a healthier alternative in the casual dining
industry as it uses only the freshest of ingredients and serves
just like it would be served if you were eating in India — in
traditional Tiffin boxes (hence the
name of the restaurant).
consists of a variety of Light Bites — Vegetarian
Aloo Papdi Chaat (potatoes, chickpeas, onions,
Indian crisps/crackers, yoghurt, tamarind sauce and coriander
chutney) which has a fruity, interesting mix of textures
and tastes; Chicken Tikka Samosas — nicely
spiced morsels of chicken tikka, onions, fresh coriander — the
we've had which weren't greasy — really nice.
courses we've enjoyed include Tandoori Chicken which
was... well, Tandoori Chicken; King Prawn Masala — freshwater
in a tomato and coconut sauce, nice meaty prawns — we
recommend sharing the dish as it was quite rich; Lamb
Rogan Josh — classic lamb
curry cooked with Kashmiri red chillies and fresh ground
with green pea masala — this was excellent,
hearty rich sauce, tender lamb... the best dish of the
Enjoy a choice of eight freshly-baked Peshwari
Naan Breads — the chilli
and coriander is very hot, so watch
If you have the appetite
and a sweet tooth, there are authentic Indian desserts. The
(golden brown deep fried milk balls in flavored sugar
as sweet as it sounds but good; Rasmalai (Indian
cheese dumplings in a sweet flavored sauce) apparently
popular with regulars, however
we found them a bit bland, soggy and spongy; maybe
stick to Kulfi (Indian ice-cream) Mango or Pistachio flavors.
Tiffinbites has a variety of cocktails — 'Hooray for
Bollywood' (Bombay Sapphire Gin, Cointreau, Lime
juice and Grenadine) is very good...
subtle yet with a kick.
Or you can choose from a wide selection
of spirits, beer and wine. We recommend trying the traditional Mango Lassi made
with fresh mangoes from India blended with yoghurt — very
The restaurant features traditional Bollywood/Indian music and video on plasma
Enjoy dancing to a DJ on Friday nights — Tiffinbites
offers a special all-inclusive dinner and dance
downstairs (as an option to regular dining in the main restaurant).
the UK's first Indian restaurant chain to serve only "free-range"
of their chicken
Reservations are recommended during peak times, especially Friday
Monday nights are generally quieter than mid-to-late week nights.
taxi is best as parking can be difficult.
Closest Underground Station
St. Paul's or Bank
Prompt and friendly
Other Tiffinbites Locations
Note: July 2008
The Gourmet Restaurant Group — which
also owns the Tiffinbites brand — acquired
the Indian restaurant and take-away chain The
Bombay Bicycle Club (BBC), rated by Gordon Ramsay as
the best takeaway in London.
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