The Tiffin Tin
Location: North London (multiple locations – Tufnell Park, Hornsey, West Hampstead, Wanstead and Totteridge Lane)
When it comes to eating out, Indian restaurants are a Coeliac’s best friend. A vast majority of authentic Indian curries are naturally gluten free and even the fried stuff often uses gram flour in the batter. So naturally I’ve sampled a lot of Indian restaurants and takeaways over the years since being gluten free. And last night I finally gave The Tiffin Tin a long overdue try.
This mini restaurant takeaway chain is located in North London with not only one, but two of them delivering to my area. So having heard good things, I finally gave them a call and was very impressed with their answer and how on the ball they regarding gluten.
First of all they have a huge varied menu with gluten free options clearly marked. This is relatively rare with Indian restaurants in my experience and adds a degree of reassurance. It means they’re actively trying to cater for us and not just safe by accident. But best of all, they even use a different oven for the bread! The main gluten issue with Indian restaurants is usually the tandoor. They often cook both naan bread and meat in there, leading to potential cross-contamination. But at The Tiffin Tin it’s all separate so we can finally enjoy the tandoori dishes! And let me tell you, they’re delicious! ?
It was hard to choose because nearly everything on the menu is gluten free, but we took the tandoori paneer kebab (Indian cheese in a spicy yoghurt marinade with peppers and onions), Murgh Lasune curry (barbecued chicken in a tomato and onion sauce with garlic, ginger, cumin seeds and curry leaves) and pilau rice.
Everything was delicious and full of flavour, the ingredients seemed fresh and the food was surprisingly not as oily as your average Indian takeaway. The tandoori paneer was perfect especially with the fresh lemon squeezed on top and they gave us such a big portion. The curry was equally as tasty, came with a generous amount of chicken and that barbecue flavour is the best!
Wether you’re gluten free or not, this place is well worth a try if you’re around the area. I think I just found my new favourite Indian takeaway! ?