Tipu Sultan – Nottingham

Its been some time.

Final yr I wrote of a few gems to emerge, regardless of Covid. High quality over amount. I might nonetheless urge you to take a look at Mesa and On a regular basis Folks when you have but to pattern their wares. It has been a even longer wait for individuals who have adopted the progress of Tipu Sultan. Their web site sits proudly firstly of Sherwood high-street, the constructing imposing as you journey down Mansfield Highway. Over three years in the past this location was final in motion as Fats Cat and since then some critical cash has been spent doing it up. At first glace its spectacular with stylised sales space seating, flashes of gold and dazzling lighting. It seems to be a profitable method that comes because the third restaurant on this small group with Birmingham and Leicester having been round for a number of years.

Entrance/Bar at Tipu Sultan

We had given them a name earlier within the day to guide at a desk at 1930 however have been assured “simply come alongside and also you’ll get in no drawback”. What transpired was 15 minutes principally standing in a chilly doorway. I’d somewhat they have been sincere, good thing about the doubt for now although. We have been seated at a sales space and perused the (very vibrant) menu. Anybody who had heard something about Tipu Sultan ought to know there is no such thing as a alcohol, lassi’s all spherical. The meals choices have been acquainted to those that have eaten at “genuine” Indian eating places and I like the very fact they did eschew a few of the extra frequent staples of Korma, Madras and many others. I went for a lighter starter of chaat adopted by my favorite curry of achari hen which I’d been happy to see make an look.

Papri Chaat at Tipu Sultan

My papri chaat (a really affordable £4.95) arrived stylishly introduced. You possibly can’t go too fallacious with a chaat, it was crisp with tart flavour from the tamarind, physique from the chickpeas and extra pops of flavour from the pomegranate. The yoghurt was fairly skinny and would have been improved by the next high quality in addition to some extra flavour from the chickpeas which have been fairly plain. Not so good as a Rickshaw’s model from additional up Mansfield street. Being an achari lover (notice: not claiming to be an professional) I used to be struck by a few instant disappointments because it hit the desk. An achari makes use of pickles and pickling spices/vinegars to offer flavour to the sauce of the dish. On look this incarnation was fairly dry and in addition significantly oily. The hen was additionally on the bone, not one thing that bothers me however I believe for a lot of diners they might need it to be talked about on the menu. Again to my fears which have been sadly based, though there have been pockets of pickled peppers the underlying flavour wasn’t there. The hen itself was fairly dry too and there actually was a variety of bone to choose by. At £10.95 it was £3 greater than a significantly better model at Desi in Hockley albeit nonetheless cheaper than mains in a lot of the metropolis’s finest and Masala Junction in Carrington. I’ll say associates had an general higher expertise and the most effective dish was karahi gohst with tender lamb and actual depth of flavour from its sauce, although nothing impressed us an excessive amount of.

Achari Rooster at Tipu Sultan

Disappointing meals apart our expertise was blighted by various different small issues. Forgivable in isolation however including as much as being an excessive amount of to miss. One member of workers delivered our dishes just for one other to ask me how the meals was earlier than I had even taken a chunk. One among our social gathering of three needed to wait for much longer for his or her most important course to reach, a waiter got here to ask the way it was and appeared stunned once we identified one meal hadn’t arrived. The desk was set with one knife and fork, they have been taken with the starters as I might anticipate however we needed to ask (and wait) for brand new units when the primary arrived. The ready workforce additionally appeared oblivious to prospects making an attempt to get their consideration as we needed to rise up to flag somebody all the way down to pay the invoice. A girl at a close-by desk vocally complaining that one of many workforce had appeared proper at her however ignored her didn’t assist issues. With such competitors for any such meals these might be indelible marks on ones reminiscence and I can’t think about a state of affairs quickly the place I might select Tipu Sultan over a minimum of half a dozen extra pleasurable experiences in Nottingham.