Saffron serves Indian cuisine in a stylish, warm ambience with excellent service and food.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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'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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The wife and I darted in here for lunch without our two usual cling-ons ( kids ) and really enjoyed ourselves. It was 1pm and pretty much all the tables were taken, the waitress quickly cleaned and wiped down ( with proper cleaning solution out of a spray bottle no less ) our table.
The buffet lunch was very well stocked with a dozen hot items, chicken, beef, rice, vegetables, samosas. The cold side had two desserts ( I think it was two as I always skip dessert ), chick peas, a salad akin to Greek, cold broccoli, cut up fruit salad, and some more items. Let's just leave it as a good selection for both hot and cold sides.
The Mrs. went to Mezbaan last week and commented that in terms of food flavour, restaurant decor, food variety, and value Saffron hands down is a much superior Indian restaurant. I myself haven't had Indian food for quite some time and was throughly satisfied with our lunch.
The waitresses were reliable when it came to filling our water glasses and taking away our dirty plates. The only table seated outside, a group of six guys, were seen trying to flag down a server a few times; we were not ignored whatsoever. The servers weren't chatty at all, more of an efficient team of women whose goals were to feed, water, clean, bill, set tables, nothing wrong with this. It was lunch and I suspect dinner service is more personal.
The room was clean with tables quite close to each other and no partitions. Not really a place for a quite business meeting, more of a casual dining room. Interestingly through the back you could get pizza from the same kitchen making our luch. The room adjoining our dining room was setup as a pizza joint; trying to reel in those not into Indian food I guess.
This restaurant is a great value at only $11.95. Enjoy!
I have not been to Saffron for well over a year as I moved out of the city. But a recent trip shopping at Metrotown with my wife brought me back to a place that I thoroughly enjoyed in the past, and I was not disappointed!
Saffron has not changed it's decor, which I really liked in the first place as it is warm, cozy and modern. It still has amazing fusion of music that does not include the normal high pitch bollywood singers. However, the menu has changed and for the better. We were going to go a la carte but they had an evening buffet on, which they haven't had in the past. There was a great selection which included Prawn Masala and Tandoori Lamb Chops! Both were fantastic. I have never had an Indian buffet where prawns and lamp chops were served all at a very reasonable price...they must be losing money on that!
All in all, I'm glad we went back. We enjoyed our meal and the service very much and I wouldn't have a problem coming back shopping with my wife at Metrotown again so long as it included a trip to Saffron!
I got a chance to speak to the owner's son as well as he was hosting a group there that night. He was very pleasant as he mingled with the customers along with his own group. He asked us to be honest about the food and the service and provide any feedback on how they could get better. He stated that as always there are some difficulties running a restaurant, especially when it has a pick up and delivery service as well, but they are trying to work at creating a better process for everyone. We weren't able to provide any feedback other than it was fantastic. It was honestly just nice to know that they actually cared what the customers are thinking.
I've been to a lot of indian restaurants, I still believe Saffron is in the top 3!
I have done a few take outs in the past. I did one on Sunday for Shahi Paneer (Vegetarian Dish). I came home and it was completely different from what I had ordered in the past. It has peas and shredded paneer (cottage cheese indian) which is not the case for "Authentic Indian" and also in their menu, the description has no mention of peas. I suggest you ALWAYS check your take out before you leave if picking up since this was a huge dissapointment for us. I think they just gave me some peas and cheese from their dinner buffet. This is very dissapointing since they have a good reputation. But then, after you have earned, should'nt we live up to it "AUTHENTICALLY".
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!