INDIAN TAPAS Spice Up Bali
Indulge your craving for the tastes of India right in the heart of Petitenget.
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.