In my new role as a freelance/contractor (subsidy control – contain your excitement at the back, as LA law/Ally McBeal it ain’t) lawyer (hopefully better work life balance, as I am starting to get on a bit and after 30 plus years even the likes of me get parole), I am working at home pretty much all the time now.
This has its pros and cons, with the cons being a lack of a collegiate atmostphere (I particularly miss my – now ex – work wife Rachel, me being at home all the time also seems to have increased the risk of Mrs. SF divorcing me – up from the standard 99% to 99.9% 😬) and not being in town to go out for lunch.
The pros include being my own boss (and thus I can now say unequivically that my boss is an absolute arse) and the flexibility to nip out and do things at any time (to be fair I could probably do that with my old work anyway).
On one such trip out (to the Cardiff burb of Canton, to pick up rations from Oriel Jones Butchers),
I happened upon Tiffin Meal.
It is a bright yellow pop up trailer/food truck,
located in the glamorous Canton’s Gray Street Pay and Display Carpark.
Interesting looking menu ranging from your standard curry and rice
to the likes of a chicken/lamb naanwich and a bombay hot dog . No, no idea either, but presumably not the traditional beef hot dog, as Bombay/Mumbai is majority Hindu (with a sigificant muslim population so unlikely to be pork either). Sounds intriguing though doesn’t it, as do the lamb keema fries.
Because I am a tight arse miser, I went for the “Meal Deal” curry and rice/naan combo, which I have (as per the blog title) named “Car park curry” due to the location.
If you can have a railway curry, I don’t see why I can’t have a car park curry.
Whilst tempted by the £5 veggie “meal deal” (which included a rather fine sounding paneer jalfezi), I fancied a chicken curry so plumped for the chicken bhunna with rice (£6).
Decent sized portion (cooked over flame in a wok type affair, at least to finish it off – as oppose to the ping of a microwave), with plenty of tender chicken, a thick velvety sauce
and nicely fluffy, well cooked, rice.
I was asked if I liked it hot (chilli wise – nice to be asked), to which I rather unhelpful said yes, but not too hot (make up you bloody mind I imagine was his thinking).
What I got hit the brief nicely with a bit of tongue tingling heat, without anything too challenging for a chilli wuss like me. A pleasing blend of spice to this dish.
I, very happily, polished off the lot.
Whilst perhaps not the most salubrious of spots for lunch, my curry was nicely flavoured, a decent portion and pleasingly priced.
All in all a very nice lunch, I thought, which will definitely have me back for more.
The car park offers a free parking period (still have to get a ticket) which is more than long enough for lunch here (and do a spot of shopping).
As well as the food truck/trailer, they are on Ubereats.