Tiffin’s Munish Narula Goes South with a New Indian Concept

The restaurauteur has a new project ... and it's opening in South Philly

Munish Narula, owner of the Tiffin empire of Indian restaurants, just revealed some very exciting news to the Restaurant Club. He’s opening a new Indian restaurant in South Philly — at Broad and Catharine Streets in the 777 South Broad building developed by Dranoff Properties — which will not be a Tiffin.

The restaurant, which the restaurateur hopes to have open by December, does not have a chef attached yet, but there are some details to mull over: it’s more of a fine dining operation than Tiffin, although Narula says, “we don’t want it to be too stuffy” — and there will be no delivery. What it will have is an open kitchen with a custom-built tandoori oven, a sigri (a char broiler) and a tawa (a cast-iron griddle); the menu will consist of small plates . The space, which holds 110 guests, will also have a liquor license and a lounge that seats 30. There will also be a private dining room and plans for outdoor dining.

South Philly-ites have been clamoring for an Indian restaurant for quite a while now, and while this isn’t exactly East Passyunk territory, it’s close enough to split the difference between Center City and the Deep South.

The restaurant doesn’t yet have a name, but Narula says he may end up asking customers to help him pick one, via his massive Tiffin email list. We’re curious to hear what Restaurant Club readers might consider a good name for this spot? Let us know in the comments.

Read more about Munish Narula in this article from the June 2010 issue of the magazine.