Despite many opportunities to do so, I've never gotten around to trying Saffron. Part of the reason is that my son would probably balk at eating Indian food. Another reason is that we end up going somewhere else because Saffron was never our plan "A". One more reason is an odd one. The first time I ever heard of Saffron was when Costanza and I picked up some pizza from essentially the same restaurant; divided only by a 3/4 wall. Surely a restaurant that doubles as a pizza joint can't have good Indian food right??? Today, I had my chance and I dragged Rich Guy with me to sample the lunch buffet.
Normally, I'm not really that a big fan of all-you-can-eat Indian food because it sits around too long and the Naan gets really gross if not eaten right away. To my surprise, the Naan here is not available at the buffet; rather, they bring it to you fresh and hot. That alone, already improved the chances that I would like the buffet. Available items in the buffet included: Vegetable Pakora, Chicken Kabobs, Tandoori Chicken, Vegetable Biryani, Eggplant & Peas, Yogurt Curry, Paneer Makhani, Kadhai Chicken, Mushroom Makhani, Butter Chicken, Curry Beef, Gulab Jamun and Kheer. Everything appeared fresh since there was a steady stream of diners in the restaurant. Turnover of the food was quick.
I particularly liked the Mushroom Makhani, it was so rich and smooth from the coconut milk. The Tandoori Chicken was perfectly cooked. It was mildly flavoured and was extremely tender. The Butter Chicken was a bit runny; yet it was flavourful without being too salty. There was a good balance between tomato and creaminess. Although the Beef Curry was rich in flavour and thickness, I was not that impressed with the ground meatballs. It didn't help that the meatballs were very loose, resulting in a strange looking mess that resembled an Indian version of Bolognese. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the buffet was decent. It's still not the way I would like to eat Indian food; but I really didn't mind the one at Saffron. Add into that the service was friendly and the restaurant was super clean, Saffron was better than I thought. However, I still prefer the Indian food in Surrey/North Delta, particularly at Mirch Masala.
- Place is super clean and welcoming
- Service was friendly and attentive
- Inexpensive buffet
- Regular menu is a bit pricey