IN­DIAN TA­PAS Spice Up Bali

In­dulge your crav­ing for the tastes of In­dia right in the heart of Petitenget.

Exquisite Taste - - Gourmet | Bali - By Amanda Lux­ford

Lo­cated in the midst of some se­ri­ously cool lit­tle cafés and hang­outs, those with a nose for the fab­u­lously aro­matic scent of the sub-con­ti­nent's fra­grant spices are sure to find their way to Tif­fin Bali. This in­ti­mate space is full of char­ac­ter with sim­ple wooden ta­bles and bright turquoise metal chairs, rus­tic tiles and a whole col­lec­tion of the multi-tiered metal meal car­ri­ers that evoke thoughts of Bri­tish In­dia, curry and hot, sunny days. Open from 11AM to 11PM, Tif­fin Bali's care­fully cu­rated menus are in­spired by fun, mod­ern dishes found in In­dia's homes and streets, as well as fam­ily recipes handed down through the gen­er­a­tions. Served ta­pas style, these pop­u­lar con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tions of In­dian and west­ern food fill the erst­while gap in Bali's ex­ten­sive culi­nary of­fer­ings.

While but­ter chicken, fish curry and dhal are all on the menu, guests can also find in­ter­est­ing takes on break­fast/brunch foods with eggs ke­jri­wal – spiced onions and toma­toes and grated ched­dar served on whole-wheat toast with a fried egg on top – the ubiq­ui­tous smoothie bowl spiced up with car­damom, cin­na­mon and laced with saf­fron honey yo­gurt, as well as Bom­bay spiced omelettes wrapped in paratha. Even the oats have had an In­dian makeover and are cooked with tomato, gin­ger, gar­lic, spices and chilli! De­li­cious.

Pop­u­lar dishes on the menu in­clude Tif­fin Bali's desi chilli, their own in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the clas­sic chilli con carne in ei­ther a beef or green lentil ver­sion. The de­light­ful Jaz's fish cut­lets is also a must-try – a fam­ily recipe that adds co­rian­der and chilli to the flaked fish and smashed po­tato for a tasty take on an old child­hood favourite. Ac­com­pa­ni­ments such as cumin rice, co­rian­der se­same rice and paratha, as well as onion salad, raita and chut­neys com­ple­ment dishes like the cur­ries and skew­ered prawns tadka.

There's also an ar­ray of tempt­ing snack foods, like the chaat chicken drum­sticks, vin­daloo chicken wings and masala fries with curry mayo, all packed with flavour but leav­ing you room to try some­thing else.

Per­fectly de­signed to suit Bali's vi­va­cious street life, the food at Tif­fin Bali isn't too heavy or stodgy and the por­tions are de­lib­er­ately on the smaller side so you can in­dulge in a se­lec­tion of your favourites, even when there are just two of you. With a su­per cool speakeasy bar open in the evenings up­stairs, Tif­fin Bali is a great place to hang­out when­ever you are in Petitenget.

In­dian Ta­pas

Prawns Tadka

Chicken Makhani with Paratha and Jeera Rice

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