Tashan: Tale of the Tape

Last night marked the grand opening of Tashan, the high end Indian concept from Tiffin founder Munish Narula. The restaurant is the cornerstone of Carl Dranoff’s 777 S Broad complex and lives up to its name which means style or attitude.

The Space

  • Designed by New York architect Winka Dubbeldam.
  • 130 seats
  • Sleek design, dark woods, design elements imported from India
  • Butcher block dining tables
  • Semi-private banquettes will serve large groups well.
  • Open kitchen
    • Shelves on the back wall highlights colorful Indian spices stored in clear containers
    • Three tandoori ovens, first of their kind in the United States
    • Sigri grills and Tawa griddles provide plenty of cooking surfaces for skewers upon skewers
  • Chef’s table seats up to 12.
    • Table can be communal or reserved as whole
  • Lounge area provides an upscale vibe with low couches and couches and chairs
    • Tables are ornate Indian designs covered in glass
  • Private dining room
    • One wall of private dining room is backed by 3,000 bottle wine storage

The Food

  • Executive Chef Sylva Senat
    • French speaking Haitian native
    • Buddakan Philadelphia alum
    • Has also worked extensively in New York with:
      • Andrew D’Amico at the Sign of the Dove
      • Marcus Samuelsson, at Aquavit
      • Jean-George Vongerichte at Mercer Kitchen
    • For more on Senat check out this Inquirer article on him and C-Cap, a non-profit program that trains urban teens in the culinary arts
  • Indian Master Chef Sanjay Shende
    • Comes from the United Kingdom
    • Has opened several Indian restaurants in the UK and Ireland
    • Working with Senat to create this unique menu
  • Tashan will not be Tiffin, expect to pay up to $70 per person for a full meal.
  • Full Menu (PDF)

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  • Andrew

    Does that 70 dollars include a few drinks? Otherwise, I’ll stick with Tiffin.

  • Mike

    I was looking forward to this until I saw that price.

  • Raju

    Indian Fusion does not work, and at this price, Indian does not work. Just ask Palace at the Ben.

  • lilpit

    Sylva is a real good guy, but I honestly don’t hold out much hope for this one. It may be great, but I can’t see it succeeding long-term.

    Wish them the best, though. I will check it out at least once.

  • cleevus

    if the food doesn’t blow peoples minds, this will fail. the menu looks like every starr menu with indian words.

  • bob

    “Indian inspired lentil-fenugreek dough, Tikka paneer, chilies and buffalo mozzarella”

    Yeah that looks just like every starr menu doesn’t it. I heard they had secret spies that infiltrated starr kitchens to copy exact recipes, then they just changed the names with Indian words.

    How ignorant!

    Can’t wait to eat here. I will reserve my judgement until AFTER I try the food.

  • barryg

    The location sucks. Will need to be a real draw to succeed. I hope it does.

  • Sus

    Could anything be more contrived?