Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Tiffin Bistro

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.

Tiffin Bistro


1100 Federal St.
Philadelphia , PA 19147
215-468-0104
Neighborhood: South Philadelphia Parking: Street parking only.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
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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: $