Chef/owner Rakesh Ramola at Indeblue | Photo by Neal Santos
Indian food has been a part of Philadelphia’s culinary landscape for a long time — so long that there’s no specific neighborhood devoted to it, but rather a spray of outposts scattered around: biryani on Ridge Pike in Eagleville, goat curry in Northeast Philly, Punjabi cuisine in Chester County, dosa just over the bridge in Cherry Hill. The Indian canon is broad and fractious in its variety of regional specialties, so here’s a must-hit list for those looking to expand their tastes beyond tandoori chicken.
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But first, Voorhees. Owner Munish Narula and his crew are doing friends-and-family (and a media preview) on Friday, September 19 for their new location at 200-300 White Horse Road, at the Echo Shoppes. The official opening (and, therefore, the one you should really care about if you’re a fan of Tiffin and living in New Jersey) is Monday, September 22nd.
But along with this news, comes some more good news for the future. It looks like Tiffin isn’t happy with just one new opening in New Jersey when they could have three. The Narula Restaurant Group is currently getting ready to open two additional new Tiffins–one at 1892 East Rt. 70 in Cherry Hill and another at 249 Rt. 10 in East Hanover in North Jersey.
Munish Narula (left) is back on the expansion path | HughE Dillon for the Philly Post
After a series of profitable quarters for Tashan, Munish Narula is getting back to opening restaurants. His next restaurant will not be a Tiffin or a Tashan, but rather a Tiffin Bistro, slated for 11th and Federal at the former Kris. Narula declined to reveal the exact location until the lease was signed but did fill us in on several other details.
The Indian bistro will have a liquor license and a more upscale feel from a regular Tiffin, but not as high-end as Tashan. Narula stressed this would be a whole new concept as he doesn’t want to cannibalize Tiffin’s delivery business or the experience at Tashan. Expect a more traditional Indian menu but not the dishes you see on most Indian restaurant menus around town. Narula is bringing in a chef from Junoon in New York who has also worked at Amber India in San Francisco as well as London’s Cinnamon Club. Tashan’s Sylva Senat will be involved as well in fine tuning the menu and plating.
Narula hopes to sign the lease before the end of the week and open six weeks after that. As Kris, the restaurant had room for fifty people, plus ten at the bar.