New Year Day Lunch @ Tim Tai Asian Deli

Just as much as I am particular about reading a good book during the start of a brand-new year, I am particular about eating good food as a new year begins, too. The start of 2016 was no exception.

The OH and I have been quite stressed out over the last month or so, and wanted to let go and just relax over the New Year break. We wanted a lazy, relaxed lunch at a fun place that would promise some great food. Over and above this, I wanted to try out a cuisine that is new to me. I zeroed in on Tim Tai, the new Asian deli in Koramangala, a place I had heard loads about, all good things. I got the OH all excited about the eatery, and then dragged him and Bubboo there. πŸ™‚ Yes, I am wicked like that!

Bubboo decided to be cheerful through the meal, and we did end up getting all that we wanted – a relaxed lunch, good food, and a fun place to lunch at. Yay to that, and touchwood!

We reached Tim Tai just about an hour before their lunch time would come to a close. We needed to wait for just a bit,Β  and then got shown to a table. Even at that time in the afternoon, the place was bustling.

Decor-wise, Tim Tai is lovely. It has what you would call a bright and funky ambience, though we found it a tad too noisy when we visited. It wasn’t really the quiet place that we had hoped for, but it wasn’t frustratingly noisy either, if you get what I mean. I didn’t get any shots of the decor, because we were too busy hogging the gorgeous food and taking care of Bubboo! If you are curious about what the place looks like, you can visit the deli’s website. In particular, there is a live tree in the centre of the deli that adds quite a lovely touch to the experience of eating here.

Tim Tai serves a variety of Asian foods, including Thai food, which is what we were in the mood to try out the most. We had no clue about what to order and what not, though, so we went by the place’s signature dishes, thankfully mentioned in the extensive menu.

We started by ordering the Tom Yum vegetarian soup, one of their signature dishes. The soup was just lovely, though quite a bit spicy for us. Take a look!

Tom Yum vegetarian soup

Then, we ordered a salad – their Raw Mango Salad, a signature dish, again. It was super-duper awesome, the best part of our meal, really. Served with fried onions and peanuts, the salad was such a beautiful blend of flavours! I am so going to try to replicate this at home.

Raw Mango Salad

After the salad, we went for one of their signature starters – Crispy Water Chestnuts and Bamboo Shoots With Chilli Lemongrass. This was just perfect, with well balanced flavours. Both of us loved it to bits!

Crispy Water Chestnuts And Bamboo Shoots With Chilli Lemongrass

The main course consisted of two more signature dishes, their Pineapple Fried Rice and Seasonal Vegetables In Chilli Basil Sauce stir-fry. The fried rice was quite rich, with raisins and colourful peppers in it, and tasted lovely. It didn’t really need the stir-fry to go with it, but was something that could have been had by itself. We didn’t like the stir-fry much, though the taste was quite authentic.

Pineapple Fried Rice
Seasonal Vegetables In Chilli Basil

The salad and starter portions were good for one, we felt, while the main course portions were generous. At the end of it, we were too full to have dessert. We skipped dessert here, a decision that we regretted later, because, apparently, their Water Chestnut Rubies In Chilled Coconut Milk is to die for, as a fellow foodie couple has to say here. OK, that is sad, but it gives us a chance to go to the place and hog some more of that great food, too, right? So, yay!

The prices here are definitely on the higher side, and we ended up paying close to INR 400 just as taxes. That said, the meal was definitely completely value for money, we felt.

We are definitely going to this place again, to try out more of the delicacies that they have on offer. We aren’t going to leave the dessert out the next time, either!

If you haven’t been to this place already, you absolutely must! Do give it a shot, and don’t forget to tell me all about your experience, will you?


7 thoughts on “New Year Day Lunch @ Tim Tai Asian Deli

  1. I love water chestnuts and Bamboo shoots. I miss gobbling them in Mamagato, Bangalore. Seasonal basil in chilli lime sounds inviting. Cannot wait to recreate this dish.

    Happy 2016, TGND! πŸ™‚


    1. @Monkey Mind

      Thank you for the best wishes! πŸ™‚

      I have had boiled water chestnuts in Ahmedabad before, and a couple of times in Chinese dishes, but this was the first time I had them in a starter, where they were quite prominent. πŸ™‚ This was the first time ever I had bamboo shoots. Would love to try these two things again, in different permutations and combinations!

      Oh, I’ve never been to Mamagato! It is on my hit list too. πŸ™‚


      1. Oh you should go soon! It used to be our weekday lunch date place. We love the ambience, menu and interesting flavors. So good!
        I have been searching for bamboo shoots here in the US. Meh!


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