seagulls in wanstead? have sea-levels just risen dramatically? is the end nigh?
The reviews of the new shopfront are glowing – and expectations of the restaurant itself are high, eg this tweet below:
Tiffin tin on wanstead high st is very busy will have to check it out if its just as good as mums
Wansteadium regular Mark Bentley is equally positive.
Tiffin Tin comes to Wanstead. OK, this is getting serious now. PROGRESS.
As the photos above demonstrate, the environment of the Snaresbrook end of the High Street is pretty desperate, so it’s no wonder people are so welcoming of the new entrant.
So one question remains: what’s the food like? Wansteadium welcomes reviews from anyone who’s tried it – either via comments on this post, via Twitter (@Wansteadium) or if you prefer to be anonymous, via e-mail: wansteadium[at]gmail.com.
UPDATE Sunday 25 July
Wansteadium reader Richard Arnopp writes:
“I went to check out Tiffin Tin yesterday (Saturday) evening after looking through online comments on the company’s three existing branches (in Hornsey, Tufnell Park and West Hampstead), which were pretty uniformly enthusiastic. It should be noted here that Tiffin Tin is NOT a sit-down restaurant, but take-away only.
The new shop front is attractive and tasteful. The interior consists of a counter stretching the full width of the shop, with the open kitchen area behind. It’s rather similar in that respect to Oriental Chef, the long-established take-away further down the High Street.
I placed an order and was told that the waiting time would be approximately 15 minutes for collection, or 45 minutes for delivery to my home. I opted to wait and watch.
Despite the fact that it was rather early in the evening (I arrived around 6:30), the restaurant was quite busy, with a steady stream of personal callers and telephone enquiries. My order took a little longer than I had been told (20-25 minutes), but I was given a couple of updates on progress, so I was not unhappy. The kitchen was an unending hive of activity, and it was actually quite interesting to watch how the orders were processed, assembled and dispatched.
My verdict –
1. Portion size
The starter was larger than average, the main course dishes about average. Two complementary poddadums were included, with small pots of mint raita and mango chutney. This was easily enough for two people (or, in my case, two meals for one person).
2. The food
For a starter I had vegetable deurali, which consisted of potato fritters and spicy onion rings. This was tasty, but might perhaps have been slightly crisper…? It was also just a little oily. Not bad, though.
My main course was murga mirchi, a chicken dish in a spicy tomato-based sauce. I liked this – it’s not dissimilar to something I have occasionally cooked myself.
Accompaniments were pilau rice and a plain naan, which were good but unexceptionable.
As a side dish I had hariyali daal, a simple dish of lentils and spinach. I thought this subtly flavoured, with a pleasant consistency. Very nice, in fact.
Â£19.95. Reasonable, I’d say.
4. Overall quality
I’m not easy to please – I take a serious interest in Indian food, and sometimes cook it myself. My overall verdict was: OK to good for the starter, good to excellent for the rest.
Everything at Tiffin Tin is bright, clean and new, and the staff cheerful, obliging and polite. Food is good and reasonably priced. All in all, an impressive start.”
GOOD NEWS: The derelict shop, all boarded up and crumbling, next to the pet shop on Wanstead High Street is now be redeveloped, five years after planning permission was given for new flats above it. Local traders, who had earlier complained of rats in the former antiques shop, have welcomed the news.
BAD NEWS: The long hot dry weather appears to have done for a tree (right) planted on Christchurch Green, Wanstead, donated by the Wanstead Society. Wansteadium regular and society member Yenwod Samoth tweets as below:
GOOD NEWS: Wanstead has now got something in common with West Hampstead (as well as the -stead bit). High-end Indian Takeaway The Tiffin Tin has opened in one of the empty shops opposite Snaresbrook Tube. The relaunched website Smarter High Street campaign praises the renovation as “professional and confident â€“ and everyoneâ€™s attracted to confidence”.
BAD NEWS: The three shops next door – also empty – are probably still going to be demolished.
GOOD NEWS: This weekend is Open Weekend at the Olympic Park – and there’s a tour of all three of London’s historic Olympic sites.
BAD NEWS: It’s sponsored by BP.
The obsessions of the Daily Mail have been converted into fake London Underground map by satirical website thepoke.com. Each genre of obsession has its own line – Bakerloo Line becomes Medical Scares, Piccadilly Line becomes Cancers, Northern Line becomes Arch-Enemies. The Central Line is Media Scum, and while Leyton becomes Madonna and Leytonstone becomes Jordan, it’s gratifying to see that Snaresbrook has become new Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham and Wanstead has become what the Guardian called the “puerile digital arts community” b3ta.com (more at Wikipedia). All in all, not too shabby.