Ernest’s is Open

In keeping with public health regulations, we are currently practicing physical distancing and highly recommend reservations due to limited seating. If you do not have a reservation, please contact us, and we will try to accommodate you as best as possible. Additionally, we are no longer accepting parties larger than six people. Thank you for your cooperation.


Tiffin at Ernest’s

Your Friday lunch plans just got fancier

For a great price, a variety of pre-plated array of delectable dishes prepared by NAIT’s Culinary Arts students. The selection varies from week to week and features amazing creations that the students have learned in class.

$32.50 per person
includes tax and gratuity 

Select Fridays
Pre-Order:  to Pickup 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Dine-in from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

View the Tiffin Menu

Call 780.471.8676 Email  ernests@nait.ca

NAIT Chef

“One tiffin, but many hands!” - Ananya Sengupta

Tiffin style dining originated from British India, a cuisine style borne out of environmental necessity, a concept that spread and later gained popularity throughout South East Asia. The style of dining features multiple food offerings and flavors by food artisans from different kitchens to create a complete meal experience, traditionally presented in a “to-go” lunchbox or tiffin container.

“Tiffin by Ernest’s” will adopt this concept and use it to serve you in a different way on Fridays. We will offer a tiffin-style experience, a unique approach to experiential student learning, where every guest will be provided multiple but pre-plated offerings, each featuring our student-inspired creations produced from our three Ernest’s Kitchens (Garde Manger, Contemporary, and of course, the sweetest lab at NAIT, the Patisserie lab ). It may be a new approach in dining, but our commitment to the use of fresh, quality, sustainable and local foods, inspired classical cooking techniques with a contemporary flair and supporting local whenever possible, still resonates. Your Friday lunch craving can be satisfied for $32.50 per person.

Much like the concept’s origin, “Tiffin at Ernest’s” offers a pivot to our Friday’s Student Showcase Buffet that we all know and love, and hope will soon return. Because of the revised limited seating in our dining room, Ernest’s will offer this pre-plated Tiffin- style menu items for dine-in guests by reservation only. Given the limited in-room seating availability and for those guests who may choose to enjoy this same experience in the comfort of their own home or office, we are also excited to augment our student’s learning and showcase their skills through the “Tiffin by Ernest’s” takeaway program. Pre-order is recommended.

Welcome to “Tiffin at Ernest’s!”


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