Something special in the way of dinner

Wansteadium’s new food blogger Suki Orange writes;

So we are heading towards the middle of January and resolutions are off to a good start for some. But with recent information suggesting that one in eight of us are likely to surpass our three score years and ten to that magical 100, should any of our resolutions be a healthier diet? All things in moderation methinks.

Moderation should surely then include a weekend takeaway from one of Wanstead’s finest. A recent survey by Valued Opinions, a paid surveys site, revealed that Chinese came out ahead of Indian, Italian, Thai and Greek as our favourite takeaway. Suki has never found any of the local Chinese offerings worth a return visit, though of course the Oriental Chef has its devotees (and any other reviews or recommendations would be welcome).

However, despite the findings, Suki has returned to Wanstead’s newest Indian takeaway – the Tiffin Tin – several times. Word of mouth recommendations are generally pretty favorable, and if the length of wait for delivery is indicative of their popularity then this doesn’t seem to have waned significantly since they opened their doors in July.

Wansteadium hosted several reviews in those early days, but all has gone quite since; a just-a-bit-of-fun Peter Snow-style poll of more than 100 readers found the newcomer in joint second place behind class act The Lane.

But one of the things which made them stand out was their Weekly Special offering, an ever-rotating selection of something you would not normally try. Last week’s special, for instance, was tender pieces of lamb with chickpeas, green chillis and onions in a tomatoey sauce. It was hot, all right, but had a pleasantly rounded flavour which left a slight heat.

But the imprecision with which I describe it points to a larger flaw with the way The Tin (as Suki refers to it in her house) does these specials; most are off menu, and so unless you take particular, dare one say anal, care when ordering, the all-important repeat purchase will never happen. In short, if you don’t know what you’ve had, it doesn’t matter much if you think it’s the most delicious thing in all of Redbridge, you’ll not be able to buy it again.

So, The Tin, if you’re reading, how about a wee note tucked into your beautiful packaging, saying exactly what the special is. Or let Suki know and she’ll keep a list for Wansteadium readers’ reference.

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6 thoughts on “Something special in the way of dinner”

  1. The Oriental Chef? Really? Worst common denominator Chinese food in the borough, I’d say. Geometric chicken pieces and MSG sauces abound. Loon Yee reigns supreme.

    Agreed on th Tiffin Tin and The Lane, though. That said, the latter could do with spicing things up a bit. And no mention of the worthy Spice 62, I note.

  2. I do like all 3 (The “Tin”, Lane and 62 Spice), but have to say that 62 Spice is the better! Good food and service.
    Should also hear it for the Queen – excellent food and a great addition for all us foodies.

  3. I too agree with Sam, Loon Yee is indeed a far superior establishment and 62 Spice should definitely be mentioned. I also hear rumours that L’Infinito is soon to begin offering a take-away service so will keep you all posted!

  4. Have to agree on the Oriental Chef – hapless, hopeless. If you want to wait 45 minutes for a distinctly average chow mein in a plastic tub, by all means pop in. I can’t believe anyone goes there twice.

    The Dunhuang – which has been happily serving Wansteadians since the late 1970s – remains the Prince of Takeaways as far as I’m concerned.

  5. I must admit I was a little disappointed by the Tiffin Tin. It was okay, but I had been expecting better.

    As a result, all my recent Indian takeaways have been from Purbani, which I think is excellent.

    But having seen positive comments here for 62 Spice I might give that a go next time.

  6. very disappointed with the tiffin tin having experienced my first takeaway there last night. Felt compelled to review them on Qype:–London

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