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 if 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 Highway. Over three years in the past this location was final in motion as Fats Cat and since then some severe 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 couple of years.

Entrance/Bar at Tipu Sultan

We had given them a name earlier within the day to ebook at a desk at 1930 however had 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 quite they had been trustworthy, advantage of the doubt for now although. We had 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 had been acquainted to those that have eaten at “genuine” Indian eating places and I like the very fact they did eschew a number of the extra widespread staples of Korma, Madras and so on. I went for a lighter starter of chaat adopted by my favorite curry of achari rooster which I’d been happy to see make an look.

Papri Chaat at Tipu Sultan

My papri chaat (a really cheap £4.95) arrived stylishly introduced. You possibly can’t go too unsuitable 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 had been fairly plain. Not so good as a Rickshaw’s model from additional up Mansfield street. Being an achari lover (be aware: not claiming to be an skilled) 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 likewise notably oily. The rooster 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 had been sadly based, though there have been pockets of pickled peppers the underlying flavour wasn’t there. The rooster itself was fairly dry too and there actually was a variety of bone to select by way of. At £10.95 it was £3 greater than a a lot better model at Desi in Hockley albeit nonetheless cheaper than mains in a lot of the metropolis’s greatest and Masala Junction in Carrington. I’ll say buddies had an total 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 quite a lot of different small issues. Forgivable in isolation however including as much as being an excessive amount of to miss. One member of employees delivered our dishes just for one other to ask me how the meals was earlier than I had even taken a chew. One among our occasion 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 had been taken with the starters as I’d count on however we needed to ask (and wait) for brand new units when the primary arrived. The ready crew additionally appeared oblivious to prospects attempting to get their consideration as we needed to stand up to flag somebody all the way down to pay the invoice. A woman at a close-by desk vocally complaining that one of many crew had seemed proper at her however ignored her didn’t assist issues. With such competitors for the sort of meals these could be indelible marks on ones reminiscence and I can’t think about a situation quickly the place I’d select Tipu Sultan over at the least half a dozen extra satisfying experiences in Nottingham.