When Tiffin Asha fired up the ovens on Northeast Killingsworth Street in January, something was noticeably missing: lunch. The restaurant built its strong following as a lunchtime food cart serving Indian snacks, or tiffin, with a focus on dosas, stuffed fermented crepes made with lentils and rice. And now Tiffin Asha is open during daytime hours again, on Sundays, serving a mix of new brunch creations and its popular lunchtime dishes (see full menu below).
“The tiffin foods — dosa, vada, and idli — have always been the focus of our menu,” chef and co-owner Elizabeth Golay tells Eater, “and traditionally, you would eat these foods for breakfast. Nowadays, whether you're in a South Indian restaurant here or in India, people eat tiffin at all times.”
Tiffin Asha brunch runs Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It features breakfast-style dosas like the “Smokey Shroom,” stuffed with a fried egg, mushrooms, Rogue Creamery’s Smokey Blue Cheese, and caramelized onions, with chutney on the side, but you’ll also find its standout fried-chicken-stuffed dosa, Hot Chick. Other new plates include upma, a Cream of Wheat-like semolina porridge, and the new bruchtime drink menu adds mimosas.
Here’s the menu: