Friday, March 06, 2009

February 26, 2009: Tiffins

I've whinged more than once or twice (both here and on other blogs) about the great city breakfasts and lunches that Michael and I miss out on, since our jobs are based outside the CBD. However, my in-the-know colleague Mich recently revealed some incredible news - city Indian lunch service Tiffins delivers to the University of Melbourne! Within half an hour I'd devoured every word of information from their website. Vegetarian tiffins - which contain rice, a small wholemeal naan, and two curries - go for just $7 each, with free delivery, dirty container pickup, and no minimum order. The featured curries change daily and they're posted on the website two weeks in advance. For $1 or two extra you can order a meat curry or larger portion (sadly there are no vegan or gluten-free variations) but having now sampled the standard-sized vego model, I reckon it'll have you completely satisfied (if not over-full).

Tiffins' lunches are naturally delivered in a tiffin carrier - these plastic models are well insulated and screw together easily. There's a spoon sitting in the bottom layer, too, so you've no need for office kitchenware - just a napkin, pehaps, as you gleefully slurp your meal! On this Thursday the featured curries were a yellow chickpea dal and veg manchurian (vegetable dumplings in a spicy sauce). While not incredibly delicate, everything was delicious and jaw-droppingly good value for money. The seven of us who joined in on this first tiffin lunch agreed that it must become a regular event, and Mich is now responsible for taking weekly orders for Tiffin Tuesday. As a contented packed-lunch eater most of the week, there's now less reason than ever to begrudge city workers their weekday cafes.

Ph: 1300 TIFFINS (yes, really - i.e. 1300 843 436)
Price: standard veg tiffins $7
Website: www.tiffins.com.au

8 comments:

  1. Wow! That's such a bargain! Thanks for the tip.

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  2. Wow, that looks pretty awesome Cindy. And much much variety too, and for only $7 delivered.

    I remember hearing about tiffin lunches in the UK (I think from Gordon Ramsey's show). As well as a few other shows. Wasn't aware we had such a thing in Melbourne.

    Like you, i'm also a packed-lunch eater most of the time.

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  3. Ah, everyone at my old work was addicted to Tiffins.

    I never tried it though, I always spent the time trawling through my own left overs.

    Lucky girl.

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  4. Oh I heard about this but haven't tried it yet... nice to see some photos to help me make my decision! Think I'll give it a go soon.

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  5. Our work gets it all the time ... I am sad sad sad that they don't do vegan cos it smells amazing and everyone gets to do yummy bonding together ... which I like to think is exclusively MY thing!!

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  6. yes it is sad there's no vegan because i would get it just for the fact i get to eat out of stackable containers!

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  7. This is something I've been meaning to try for, well, years now. I'm so slack... I've seen the tiffin bike around the streets, and they deliver to a few people in my building. I really should get going and try it out.

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  8. Mum mentioned this to me after seeing them at work... looks like a winner to me. Any lunch I can buy near my work is at least that expensive, so for days when i don't have leftovers to bring in, i'm looking forward to giving it a go.

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