Saffron serves Indian cuisine in a stylish, warm ambience with excellent service and food.
This restaurant has been on my to-try list for a while. I tried their lunch buffet and was impressed. High quality, freshly prepared food at a very reasonable price. There was a nice range of veggie dishes including fresh zucchini curry, cauliflower, peas and paneer etc. The meats included chicken and beef. The chicken kabob was flavourful with fresh herbs and spices. Their veggie samosa is one of the best I've had at a restaurant, I loved that it was full of sauteed onions and fresh herbs, and the wrapper was thin not doughy. I ended up getting a few samosa's to go and they were still yummy cold. Their naan is a bit different that I am used to, it seemed more like pizza dough almost but apparently they do prepare it with cream which is a nice touch. The butter chicken was good but the sauce wasn't that creamy (which is probably healthier). I liked that they had a selection of salads, including greek salad. The creamy sweet rice pudding was simply amazing, everyone at my table had seconds. I liked the yellow custard with fruits as well. Overall the buffet exceeded my expectations, the food's aren't highly spiced which is expected when not everyone can tolerate chili's. All of the dishes looked appetizing and they kept freshly refilling the buffet. This place would be excellent for those people who aren't that familiar with Indian food but would like to try it. You can also have items to go from the buffet if rushed for time. There was a steady stream of customers picking up food to-go. I can't wait to return for dinner and to try their other dishes, especially seafood! The service was really good as well, they didn't skimp out on hiring less staff. We left a very generous tip as we were pleased with our meal.
I stopped in here for lunch today and ate at their buffet. When I was seated I was given a glass of water and then went to fill my plate. I got rice and butter chicken. The food was good. I went for a second plate, this time I tried some other meats and everything was tasty. Finally when I was about done eating my second plate they showed up with some warm naan bread. (a bit too late) Also my water was never topped up once while I was there and I didn't want to walk up to the bar during my meal so I just went without. Basically once I was seated I didn't have a waitress anymore. I am no expert on indian food but I enjoyed eating the butter chicken with rice and I will probably come back for a quick lunch again sometime.
First let me say that my partner loves this restaurant and the food, but frankly I don't get it. To me the food is just OK, nothing spectacular. I had the Lamb Josh and really it could have been any mystery meat. You couldn't tell it was lamb. I ordered it with rice and the rice came 10 minutes after the main dish. So you sit there with your meal getting cold while you wait for rice. Really how hard is it for a restaurant to get serving the rice with the main dish correct.
I like my food spicy and I guess because I'm not Indian everytime they try to talk me out of ordering it hot. I insist and it arrives sort of spicy, so-so hot, so I think they refuse to listen and have decided that if you're not Indian then you get your curries mild to medium hot.
We go because he enjoys the food, but I always find the experience kind of annoying.
Buffet isn't something I go for but a bunch of friends and I wanted to gorge ourselves a little one lunch hour and came here after positive feedback from friends.
Decor is clean and in good shape, large floor divided into two. Faint local music in the background attempts to wrap up the local experience.
I wasn't expecting much out of the buffet since I'm use to seeing only vegetarian options available but to my delight you get the full monty here with various meat choices. Good strong flavours all round, well on par with other indian restaurants who charge more. I thoroughly enjoyed the vegetarian offerings, namely the Chana (chickpeas) and the Curry Korma. I found the chicken pieces in the butter chicken dry and overcooked, however carnivores will be happy to know there is a decent amount of chicken around. The naan was flowing and the staff refilled it as soon as it ran out. I felt we must've lucked out that afternoon since all trays were hot and most looked prepared same day.
Servers were polite and friendly as bussers came by not too long after having our plates cleared and ready to be removed. For buffet style it's pretty much bang on.
Lunch buffet is the best choice here since I hear the dinner buffet is carbon copy plus one or two extra dishes, at a less impressive price point. It's good food without any wows but without any yucks either. Top that off with extra helpings until you need to undo your pants come here with a big appetite.
Went for lunch to celebrate step-daughter's birthday (she works nearby). Good thing we got there early....YIKES, is this place ever busy at lunch!
Our first visit, so we thought we'd try the buffet. Living in the North Delta/Surrey area, we've tried a few... This one is very good, lots of veg and non-veg choices, and the trays were always being replenished. Lots of fresh, hot naan. Staff was friendly and literally run-walking to accomodate everyone. There was a line-up all the way outside the whole time we were there.
Next time we'll order a la carte, but the buffet was worth the visit.
Their sidewalk sign claimed their restaurant was voted the best 3 yrs in the row. And that was reason why I paid them a visit w/ my bf. It's a nice looking restaurant, warm and welcoming. The poppadom was delicious and fresh. I ordered butter chicken w/ rice & naam. Bf ordered Tandoori chicken w/ rice. The butter chicken was good but had too much of a tomato taste. I like them creamy and flavorful. The rice was yellow and white w/ green peas. I thought that was neat. The Tandoori chicken was moist and spicy. The naam bread was left in the oven a little too long leaving the bottom a crispy and dry. Overall, it was good.
I've been to Saffron three times now, and I think it's one of the best casual Indian restaurants in town. It's not even comparable to Samosa Garden.
Great selection for buffet offerings, awesome butter chicken and fresh naan at your table. The gulab jamun is nice as well as their rice dessert.
Eventhough it was super busy during the lunch hour, our server got us a table as soon as one cleared up and came by to check up and refill waters frequently.
Although this lunch buffet is about $1 more than other average Indian lunch buffets ($10), it's definitely worth it!!
Food: for some reason, i just love the idea of tandoori chicken caesar salad and it actually tasted pretty good. samosas are excellent (but then again, i never met a samosa i didn't like) and butter chicken is awesome (again, never met butter chicken i didn't like). Nothing was too greasy, so just the way I like it. Never have room for dessert tho. Oh well! At least the food is good!
Service: We went late at night so it was a little slow. And I don't like how servers tend to hang around and watch their customers - gives me an uneasy feeling. When I went during the daytime when there were more people, the service was much better. Odd.
Ambiance: Nice and warm. Like the colours... and the bathrooms are nice and clean. Bathroom cleanliness should always be evaluated in ambiance cuz an icky bathroom = icky ambiance.
All in all, would come here again. Check the local newspapers for coupons to this place too to save yourself some moola!
Food: buffet only ran to 9:30pm and we got there just after 9pm and everything at the buffet table seemed cold and old under the lamp, but i guess it's to be expected considering the hour. not that much selection available which was a disappointment.
Service: there were too many functions going on and understaffed. thank goodness we were doing buffet so didnt require much service.
Ambiance: busy. been here 2X and both times there were functions going on here. i guess it's a popular place for bday parties. needless to say it's loud and busy. nothing special about decor.
Overall: we left full but convinced there must be something better out there.
I really like this place. The buffet has a wide selection, it is always fresh as the place is busy, and I love the food.
With the lunch buffet the service suffers because it is so busy. I would bet it would be much better in the evening.
Right from the get go, if you walk in and it is busy, they probably won't acknowledge you. When there are multiple groups waiting, this irritates me as they basically show up when a table is free and ask you "who's next?". There is plenty of room for abuse there with people trying to butt in and that would make me very very angry if it happened... not the best of mood to start a meal.
So when you get a table, I find we only get Naan about 1/3 of the time.
When you are done your meal, don't ever expect a bill. You pretty much have to go up to the counter where there is often a long wait. We usually just leave cash without getting the bill.
The servers themselves are actually nice and friendly, they just don't have time to help you.
The price is starting to creep up now too at $11 for the buffet, but I think it is still worth it. They can afford to charge it, they are still busy.
We love eating Indian cuisine but they are expensive relative to other type of cuisines. We dropped by Saffron the other day as the smell of the food attracted me to dine in.
Setting and atmosphere was very nice.
When we sat down, the waitress ADVISED us to not order items on the menu as it was going to be more expensive than eating at the buffet. Buffet was about $18 per person, and 1 item on the menu was already $14 (expect a small portion) so you will need to order additional items.
We proceeded to take a look at the buffet (this was around 6:30 pm - prime dinner time). It was not at all appealing. There were only 2 pieces of chicken in one of the trays, the other trays were fairly empty and from the looks of it just had sauce. It looked like leftovers from a party. Was not impressed at all.
We settled for butter chicken however to our surprising, the order DID NOT come with rice? What the..? Usually there is either Naan or rice but nothing. We had to pay an extra $3.50 for rice? We went to several Indian restaurants and there was either Naan or at least rice served with the dish!! Ridiculous! We ended up settling for the buffet instead.
Food was ok, nothing spectacular. Just did not like the bait & switch technique. The food was so expensive if you ordered single items that you somewhat have your arm twisted to order the buffet style dining.
Frankly, I would NOT come here again.
We've only dined at Saffron once for dinner. Most of the time we grab lunch takeout. It is really good Indian food (a bit on the greasy side though, you can see the oil especially well when you order chili chicken for takeout). For lunch it's at around $12-$15. If we didn't have to work we would eat at the buffet.
The restaurant has good ambiance and nice candlelight dining. The server will come if beckoned but won't really be by to check on you every 10 min (just the way I like it). We also went very early and the restaurant wasn't crowded at all, so not sure what happens when it gets busy.
I recommend giving this place a try, but when we feel like dinner buffet we usually end up at Samosa Garden. Less grease.
Saffron Indian Cuisine was my first visit to a real Indian restaurant. I've always wondered if Indian restaurants would have a strong curry odor upon entrance, but I was mistaken!
My friend and I arrived for dinner, and there wasn't much people. The waitress was very kind and gave us good seats beside the window. I tried the Saffron combo with the help of the waitress. I am so glad I chose that one, cause I got to try all kinds of dishes (Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka, Lamb Curry, Lentil Curry, rice, lots of Naan, yogurt (chapati?) dip and Gulab Jamun.
My favourite was the Lamb Curry. The sauce was not too hot, not too mild...just perfect. The texture of the lamb was great, not too chewy and no odour. The Butter Chicken I thought had too much of a tomato taste. Nonetheless delicious. The lentil curry didn't look so good at first, but it was my dip of choice for my naan.
Rice was alright, good as any other saffron rice, naan was gooood.. I really love both Roti and Naan. Definitely try them out! The Gulab Jamun, was ok, I didn't like the texture too much..but you keep eating it...haha.
I think, for someone who is really hungry, just order a bunch of dishes and share, as it seems to have more value. If you just want to try little dishes on your own, this is the plate to order.
Next time, I'm definitely going for the lunch buffet. Cannot Wait!!
Went w/gf last month. Overall a good experience.
Food was good. The butter chicken was not as creamy as I would've liked, but still yummy. The meat in the lamb curry was very tender but a little salty. Veggie samosas were awesome! Crispy, packed with filling and fresh. Loved the chutney that accompanied them. The naan and basmati rice were good as well.
Service was very pleasant. We arrived for a late dinner and although they were closing early that night, they still seated us and did not rush us through our meal. They were apologetic and quick to change a water glass that was dirty. Also changed our plates after the appy. Water glasses were also refilled when needed.
Ambiance was fitting. Nice tealight candles on each table. Little accents on the decor everywhere are a nice touch. Relatively clean place. Didn't use the w/c so can't comment.
Definitely worth a visit.
The lunch buffet here can't be beat for value. We go regularly on Saturdays for lunch and it's consistently good. There is a good selection of dishes, much better than Samosa garden. We've gone for dinner once, but found the a la carte menu a little expensive.
Went there for lunch today with some collegues.
The location was good, and I found meter parking available close to the location.
The restaurant ambience is nice and clean.
We all tried the buffet. Since it was my first time trying this type of food, I did nor know what to expect. The buffet choices were not too spicy. I tried the vegetable samosa, butter chicken, the beef and a bit of the other choices.
The lunch was filling, but not knowing what to expect from the taste, i rated the meal decent.
Would I return? Probably not, since Indian food was not to my taste.
I am not saying there was anything wrong with the food, service or value, not at all ... it is just not a choice I would make again.
Visit this restaurant in two different occasions, the first for buffet (before they increased their prices to the current $10.95) and another time for dinner with my tovarishch.
The buffet is decent with the usual butter chicken and curries. Note, however, the only protein is chicken; do not expect lamb or other type of meat. Unfortunately, there was no samosa in the buffet. With your order, an order of naan comes along. However, the naan where too greasy for my taste. As for dinner, I had Palak Paneer while my tovarishch had the lamb curry. The same problem of the naan occurred during dinner as well: naan were too greasy. Now, the deal breaker in both buffet and dinner: too much salt. I am not sure if it is salt per se or other condiment but, after a while, my mouth felt dry and I was thirsty. I hope they are not resorting to MSG!
Service was efficient. No complains here. Decor is simple and functional.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about the place, probably because of my high expectations. Indian food does not have to resort to oil/fat and salt to be flavourful!
The first time I ate Saffron food was after a movie during the summer. We drove past prior to our movie, and the smell permeated the street and we *had* to cave in to the delicious aroma from the kitchen. Because the restaurant closes at 10, we ordered take out, which came in large portions, with plenty of rice. (One take out order = a foil tub of butter chicken/curry chicken and another foiled tub filled with rice) for $14.
We gathered a large group to Saffron, having raved about the deliciousness and value. However, the service was lacking (there were 5 of us, and our water was filled once in the two hours we were there) when the food came, while the deliciousness was there, the value was not. Eating in means the portions are a third of what you pay for take out, and rice surprisingly did not come with your meal (try $3.50 for a small serving of rice). Now, I don't know how anyone eats butter chicken, in all its delicious flavourful sauce without any rice or naan.
I will be back, as the food is delicious. But due to the difference in portion size, and lack of service, I will be taking my food out.
I was finally able to try out Saffron's lunch buffet after passing by the place countless times on Kingsway. I think the price has gone up a little ($11.95), but the food was worth it. The restaurant itself is very nice inside and the washrooms are clean. The buffet had a small salad bar/dessert section, and they had a good selection of vegetarian and meat dishes, including everyone's favourite, butter chicken.
A couple of the dishes had some heat but I'm a wimpy wimp when it comes to spicy food so the average eater probably wouldn't bat an eyelash. Luckily, the waiter made sure to keep our water glasses filled. (He told us that he was new, but he was doing a great job and was really friendly) The waitress also kept the delicious hot naan coming too so I just kept eating and eating. After about an hour and a half of gorging, we were happy and very full.
Craving for some Indian food, we dropped in on a Sunday afternoon. It wasn't busy, just a couple of tables. We went for the buffet as it looked quite appetizing. The food was fresh and good although it tasted a little on the salty side. The service was pleasant and the room nice for this part of the hood. Overall, decent food in Burnaby's culinary wasteland.