This is a gem of an Indian cafe with all the food tasting authentic. The idea behind this cafe/restaurant is the Indian tiffin tins. Tiffin tins are what are used primarily in India to transport lunches to workers. There are usually 3 containers: one with rice, one with a curry and one with vegetables.
The food served here differs from that from other Indian restaurants due to the fact that they do not cook with ghee (clarified butter). This means that their dishes are not heavy and they are actually healthy.
I had the vegetable biryani which came with jeera (cumin seeds) potatoes and a chick pea curry. It was really tasty and reminded me of home cooked food. The portion was plenty for a lunch time meal. Tiffinbites also do fresh naans cooked in their tandoor.
If you don’t fancy the tiffin menu, then there is also a range of snacks such as samosas to choose from and they do wraps as well.
Being an Indian cafe, on the drinks menu is chai (spiced tea) and also lassi (yogurt drink). They use Alphonso mangoes for their lassi. Alphonso mangoes come from India and are the sweetest mangoes that I have ever tasted!
The service was very quick and efficient. The communal tables were kept clean as the staff cleared up as soon as you had finished your meal.
I liked the relaxed atmosphere of Tiffinbites, although we seemed to have got there just before the lunchtime rush. The place was heaving as we were leaving the cafe!
I would come back to this restaurant either at lunchtime or even in the evening for a satisfying meal! So, skip the boring sandwich and salad, and visit Tiffinbites for a traditional Indian lunch!
Tiffinbites, 22-23 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7PD