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’d nonetheless urge you to take a look at Mesa and On a regular basis Folks in case 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 website sits proudly in the beginning of Sherwood high-street, the constructing imposing as you journey down Mansfield Street. 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 e book at a desk at 1930 however have been assured “simply come alongside and also you’ll get in no downside”. What transpired was 15 minutes largely standing in a chilly doorway. I’d slightly 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 isn’t any 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 actual fact they did eschew a number of the extra frequent staples of Korma, Madras and so forth. 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 offered. You possibly can’t go too incorrect 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 highway. Being an achari lover (word: not claiming to be an knowledgeable) 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 present flavour to the sauce of the dish. On look this incarnation was fairly dry and likewise significantly oily. The hen was additionally on the bone, not one thing that bothers me however I feel for a lot of diners they’d 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 number of bone to select via. At £10.95 it was £3 greater than a a lot better model at Desi in Hockley albeit nonetheless cheaper than mains in many of the metropolis’s greatest 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 Hen at Tipu Sultan

Disappointing meals apart our expertise was blighted by a lot of 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 in all our occasion of three needed to wait for much longer for his or her primary course to reach, a waiter got here to ask the way it was and appeared shocked after 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’d count on however we needed to ask (and wait) for brand spanking new units when the principle arrived. The ready workforce additionally appeared oblivious to prospects making an attempt to get their consideration as we needed to stand up to flag somebody right down to pay the invoice. A woman at a close-by desk vocally complaining that one of many workforce had seemed proper at her however ignored her didn’t assist issues. With such competitors for this kind of meals these may be indelible marks on ones reminiscence and I can’t think about a situation quickly the place I’d select Tipu Sultan over not less than half a dozen extra satisfying experiences in Nottingham.