Tipu Sultan – Nottingham

Its been some time.

Final 12 months 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 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 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 components 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 guide 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 principally standing in a chilly doorway. I’d slightly they had been trustworthy, good thing about 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 is no such thing as a 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 among the extra widespread staples of Korma, Madras and many others. 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 affordable £4.95) arrived stylishly offered. You possibly can’t go too flawed 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 (word: not claiming to be an professional) I used to be struck by a few rapid 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 in addition significantly oily. The rooster was additionally on the bone, not one thing that bothers me however I feel for a lot of diners they might 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. 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 finest and Masala Junction in Carrington. I’ll say buddies 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 plenty 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 chunk. One in every of our occasion of three needed to wait for much longer for his or her fundamental 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 anticipate however we needed to ask (and wait) for brand spanking 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 right down to pay the invoice. A girl at a close-by desk vocally complaining that one of many crew had regarded proper at her however ignored her didn’t assist issues. With such competitors for one of these meals these might be indelible marks on ones reminiscence and I can’t think about a state of affairs quickly the place I’d select Tipu Sultan over not less than half a dozen extra satisfying experiences in Nottingham.