Monday, June 1, 2015
Tiffin Bistro
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1100 Federal St.
Philadelphia , PA 19147
Neighborhood: South Philadelphia
Parking: Street parking only.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
Cuisine type: Indian
Meals Served: Lunch Dinner
Style: Munish Narula's Indian empire expands to South Philly in a handsome corner space (formerly Kris) that has been cast as a middle-tier option between basic Tiffin and upscale Tashan. Unfortunately, while the menu has a handful of distinct and authentic highlights, sloppy service and spotty cooking make this concept feel like the unattended and superfluous stepchild in the Tiffin family.
Specialties: Cauliflower bezule; eggplant chaat; chili chicken; "Indian Sloppy Joe"; chili garlic calamari; chicken kati roll; saag paneer; chicken lababdar; green pea kulcha; paratha; kulfi falooda.
Alcohol: BYOB. Winewise, think shiraz (for lamb) or riesling (for spice). Beer fans should stop into nearby Hawthorne's Cafe (738 S. 11th St.) and buy a growler of I.P.A. on draft (currently Oskar Blue's Deviant Dales or Bullfrog Edgar from Williamsport). (A liquor license is in the works.)
Weekend noise: A reasonable 82 decibels.
Hours: Menu served 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Reservations: Recommended
Prices: $