Seems like ages since we last visited Tiffin (1341 University in Takoma Park just East of New Hampshire), home of superaddictive lamb biryani. We met friends for lunch today, and three of us had the buffet, which is an exception to the rule that most buffets are mediocre. Tiffin’s is excellent and diverse, with all kinds of choices from chickpeas to palak paneer to a couple of curries, chicken biryani, etc etc. A good all-you-can-eat spread for $12 ($10 on weekdays). The chicken biryani wasn’t enough for Mrs. Me though, who had to go regular menu and get the lamb biryani, which rocked as always.
Not much ambience at Tiffin and the service can be a little slow, but always friendly, and we love the food, they are consistently underrated by the greater DC restaurant reviewers and tend to be overshadowed by their sister restaurant, the vegetarian Udupi Palace, located just one strip mall up University. Udupi is good but Tiffin is just as good and we’re unrepentant carnivores, so Tiffin it is. And it’s the closest excellent Indian food to Wheaton, unless I’m missing somewhere good in Silver Spring. They don’t try to be cutting edge like Rasika or fancy like Indique, they’re just straightforward, relatively affordable, really good Indian food.
The only negatives are the parking lot (small) and the traffic on that stretch of University (horrible, road-rage-inducing, rife with constant illegally-crossing pedestrians and people walking among cars trying to sell stuff and just too many cars in general). But it’s worth it from time to time.