Opening of a new traditional Indian restaurant at The Exchange in Aylesbury

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A traditional Indian restaurant is due to open at The Exchange in Aylesbury and hopes to welcome customers later this month.

Tiffin and Thali will specialize in serving popular Indian dishes in a more traditional presentation.

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A glimpse inside Tiffin and Thali coming soon to Aylesbury

With 23 staff in place and a kitchen in top condition, management hopes to open before the end of March, potentially as early as the 21st.

The brand new restaurant does not offer a take-out service for at least its first six months, the owner explains.

For more than a year, the Exchange unit next to Nandos has been vacant since the Gourmet Burger Kitchen chain closed its Aylesbury restaurant as part of 26 restaurants cut as part of a cost-cutting exercise following of the pandemic.

Owner, Usman Majid, with Rio Ferdinand at The Grill Steakhouse in Aylesbury

A range of boxes will be offered: chicken, lamb and smoked cod, shrimp and vegetable options.

In case you haven’t guessed the name of the new chain, chefs will also be serving Thali platters to guests.

Customers will receive a large dish in their Thalis which will also include five to six smaller dishes surrounding them.

The service is the Indian equivalent of tapas and not your typical presentation of curry sauce, meat and rice.

A look upstairs in the new restaurant

New business owner Usman Majid told the Bucks Herald: “It’s a very traditional service, it’s what most Indians tend to eat at home.

“Everyone will have their own Thali, which is a mixture of five to six different flavors, sweet, sour, astringent.

“There are six items in the meal that are all healthy, so you get protein, grains, etc.

“It’s very different to anything you get at Aylesbury.

A look at the kitchen

“When you go to an Indian, you expect dhansak, vindaloos and kormas. We don’t do anything like that.

“There will be five or six different curries that you can heat up whoever you want, mild, medium or strong.”

Usman also owns The Grill Steakhouse located across from Tiffin and Thali, also on Exchange Street.

He added; “It’s the busiest place in Aylesbury. Everyone who dines in Aylesbury always goes to this part of town.

“I think we have the best location for an Indian in town.

“It’s just a natural progression. When The Grill Steakhouse started 10 years ago there was a mix of curry and steak, as the steak got bigger and bigger and busier and busier, we are went to a steakhouse.

“We have origins 10 years ago in curry and Indian cuisine. It brings back the curry element of the grill, as a standalone business.”

While opening plans and launch party ideas are yet to be finalized, chances are a 25% offer will be in place for the first weekend of service.

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