A traditional rustic temple door in the midst of the busy streets of Versova is sure to catch your attention if you are passing by. The Tanjore Tiffin Room is surely a home away from home. An open courtyard, that would remind you of the villages of Tanjore, awaits you as you walk through the restaurant door. They also have an air conditioned indoor seating area if you wish to escape Mumbai’s scorching heat! The rustic walls are beautifully adorned with vintage frames that will take you on a cultural journey to South India!
As the name suggests, they have a vast variety of both, vegetarian and non vegetarian cuisines from Tamil Nadu that are dominated by Chettinad spices and flavours. The best part about their menu is that every dish is curated by home-chefs based in Thanjavur who visit Mumbai once in a while to prepare the dish themselves and also conduct cooking classes for those interested! Hence, you will find items in the menu with names like, Kasturi’s Puli Kolambu, Meenakshi’s Vetha Kolambu, Padmini’s Mutton Cutlet, Sivgami’s Crab Kolambu, etc. The masalas are a mix of select aromatic spices that are hand pounded to give you the best possible flavours! They provide a tasting thali so that you can sample every gravy and then make your choice.
Their meals are priced on a slightly expensive scale where an average price for two would come up to Rs.1500/-
Here’s What We Tried
Garden Galatta: This is one of their signature cocktails. However, we tried the mocktail version of it, which comes with a mix of orange passion fruit syrup, topped with rose petals, a slice of orange, star anise and a cucumber stick. Truly refreshing!
Parrupu Vada: The Parrupu (Dal) Vada is one of the most commonly prepared items in a South Indian home. Accompanied by a tangy sauce, this is a crunchy starter that is loved by one and all!
Gunpowder Idlis: Soft Mini Idlis coated with gunpowder ie. Mulaga Podi (mildly spicy red chilli powder). These are very soft and melt in your mouth and you can taste the fresh ghee in which the idlis have been roasted!
Ennai Kathrrika Kolambu: These are stuffed brinjals with freshly-grounded spices sauteed in lots of oil. Tastes really good when combined with Appam / Malabar Parotta.
In Picture: Malabar Parotta, Lemon Rice, Appam & Stew, Idiappam, Omlette Curry, PuliKulambu, Vetha Kolambu and Chicken Curry. Everything is prepared keeping in mind the traditional taste and is a must try for a memorable meal with family or friends!
It’s not just a restaurant, it’s a cultural culinary journey!
Where: Tanjore Tiffin Room, Jewel Mahal Shopping Center, 7 Bungalows, Versova, Andheri (W), Mumbai