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for only $9.


a colleague of proxyryan had one sent to him, much to our envy.

if only this was global.



I didn't see this because it was delivered to our fortified front desk, but apparently they use cyclists to deliver the curry on specially built cargo bikes.

If only I had this job in my undergrad days, I wouldn't be so unfit today.

Visitors to India have long been amazed by the army of "dabbawala" that descend on Indian cities every day. Carrying a four or five-part lunch in towers of small containers, the dabbawala carry their "tiffin" - light lunch - from home kitchens to offices all over the cities. In the afternoons they collect the containers and return them to the kitchens for the next day.

It's an amazing sight and I was suprised during a recent lunch break in Melbourne when I was passed by a modified three-wheeled bike advertising curry lunches delivered to your office for just $6. As the innovative caterer pedalled by, he left a delicious aroma of Indian curry in his wake. Intrigued by the unusual bike he was riding and being guided by my stomach, I took down his number.

Mikhil and Maddy Kotak are brothers who recently started the Melbourne-based company "Tiffins". Both worked as dabbawala and delivered their tiffins by bike in Mumbai before they immigrated to Australia to study at university. Seizing on Australia's love of Indian food and using their dabbawala knowledge and experience, they recognised the opportunity to start a business delivering Indian meals to office workers in Melbourne. Tiffins has taken off since its inception just 10 months ago and they now deliver up to 250 meals a day to workers around the CBD.

The Tiffins mantra is to serve cheap, nutritious and authentic Indian meals. As their business model is based on offering a hassle-free delivery service to the work place, frequent drop-offs to office buildings throughout the traffic-choked CBD posed a real problem. The use of bikes to deliver the tasty packages is integral to the Tiffins business. By delivering by bike, the riders can ride straight up to the front door, or in some buildings, into the goods elevator and deliver to the required floor without worrying about Melbourne's eagle-eyed parking inspectors.

The three-wheeled Christiania bikes used by Tiffins are imported from Denmark by PSBikes.com.au. The cargo box on the front enables riders to carry up to 100kg of cargo. Similar bikes are used by some Danish postal workers to deliver mail, but Tiffins have added insulation to keep their meals warm and they can carry up to 50 tiffin containers. With four bikes on the road at present, Tiffins have plans to increase their fleet to keep up with demand, and they even have plans to expand the business interstate in a few years.


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Apr. 17th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
The curries are really tasty! I had them when mc_shamo was working in Docklands and his office got them.

I wonder how much they pay their delivery people... just incase my contract isn't renewed in July.
Apr. 17th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Aw man, if it all goes horribly wrong and I'm completely unable to get a job and get kicked out of the UK and catastrophe catastrophe catastrophe, that is totally what I'm going to do.

It's a business model that would also work really well in Oxford.
Apr. 17th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
Also, can I order you one sometime? :D
Apr. 17th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Heehee! Curry spam! (Or should that be spam curry?) I rather like the idea of ordering surprise random curry deliveries for unsuspecting Melbourne friends. Better than Interflora! (And definitely better than the Interflora of Murder... :D)
Apr. 19th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
awww thanks bug! Skype me before you do, so i'll know not to pack lunch!
Apr. 17th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
I often see one of those guys in La Trobe St.
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