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Tiffinbites ****

Tiffinbites, Indian Restaurant at Russia Row near St Paul's Cahtedral in London, England

23 Russia Row,
Off Gresham Street
St. Paul's, London
020-7600-4899
+44 20-7600-4899 (Intl)

Cuisine: Indian

Glass-fronted Tiffinbites Indian Restaurant in London, England

Description & Atmosphere
Tucked away in a back street — not far from St. Paul's Cathedral — Tiffinbites is an imposing glass-fronted warehouse-style restaurant serving 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 we say "seeking out," we mean get directions, as it is not easy to locate.

Comfortable sofas with vibrant colored custhions in the bar at Tiffinbites St Pauls, London

Interior has soft ambience, low lighting, comfortable sofas with vibrant colored cushions in the bar with bench-style/banquette seating in the restaurant.

Vibrant colored custion in the bar at Tiffinbites St Pauls, London



Food
Tiffinbites offers a healthier alternative in the casual dining industry as it uses only the freshest of ingredients and serves their food just like it would be served if you were eating in India — in traditional Tiffin boxes (hence the name of the restaurant).

Tiffinbites serves their food in traditional Tiffin boxes

Menu 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 first samosas we've had which weren't greasy — really nice.

Tiffinbites Lite Bites - at Tiffinbites St Pauls, London

Main courses we've enjoyed include Tandoori Chicken which was... well, Tandoori Chicken; King Prawn Masalafreshwater king prawns cooked in a tomato and coconut sauce, nice meaty prawns — we recommend sharing the dish as it was quite rich; Lamb Rogan Joshclassic lamb curry cooked with Kashmiri red chillies and fresh ground spices with green pea masala — this was excellent, hearty rich sauce, tender lamb... the best dish of the night!

Tiffinbites food - Tiffinbites St Pauls, London

Food at Tiffinhites, St Pauls location, London, England

Enjoy a choice of eight freshly-baked Peshwari Naan Breadsthe chilli and coriander is very hot, so watch out!

Traditional Gulab Jamun dessert at Tiffinbites St Pauls, London, England

If you have the appetite and a sweet tooth, there are authentic Indian desserts. The traditional favorite Gulab Jamun (golden brown deep fried milk balls in flavored sugar syrup) tastes 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.



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Diners enjoying a meal at Tiffinbites St Pauls, London

Elegant interior of Tiffinbites St Pauls, London

Tiffinbites Cocktails
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.

Tiffinbites Cocktails at Tiffinbites St Pauls, London

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 refreshing.

Inside Tiffinbites St Pauls, London

Entertainment
The restaurant features traditional Bollywood/Indian music and video on plasma screens.

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).


Free-Range Chicken
Tiffinbites is the UK's first Indian restaurant chain to serve only "free-range" Halal chicken in all of their chicken dishes.


Tiffinbites Lite Bites - at Tiffinbites St Pauls, London

Tiffinbites Lite Bites - at Tiffinbites St Pauls, London

Tandoori Chicken at Tiffinbites St Pauls, London


Front entrance to Tiffinbites St Pauls, London Indian Restaurant

Hours
Mon-Fri 11:30am-10pm
Closed Weekends

Reservations
Reservations are recommended during peak times, especially Friday nights.

Monday nights are generally quieter than mid-to-late week nights.

Parking
Underground or taxi is best as parking can be difficult.

Closest Underground Station
St. Paul's or Bank

Service
Prompt and friendly

Prices
Reasonably-priced

Map of Tiffinbites at Russia Row, near St Paul's Cathedral, London, England

More Info
Tiffinbites St. Paul's

 


Other Tiffinbites Locations
Canary Wharf
Liverpool Street
Moorgate

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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