Saffron serves Indian cuisine in a stylish, warm ambience with excellent service and food.
Having never been in an East Indian Restaurant we wanted to try something new; so we ended up at Suffron's for the buffet. We were very surprised how good it was. The place was nice and clean and the buffet line up was exceptional. Loved the "butter chicken", the garlic naan and the mango lassis was my wife's favorite. Super value for the Buck. Thank you. We will be back with the whole family next time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!!
I got takeout buffet, the waitress was very rude through the whole process so I didn't tip her. She saw that I didn't tip and left my food behind the counter where I couldn't reach. She stomped away and flung the door hard without saying goodbye. There were no other employees in sight to help me grab my food that was out of reach so I had to reach far behind their counter to grab it.
The food was decent, but it tasted like it has been sitting out for a while.
I love this place. The food is always fresh and so good! Went here for the for the first time a few months ago for the buffet and have been a regular ever since. There is always a good variety for the buffet and the menu offers reasonable sized portions. My favourite is the lamb korma, lamb curry - as well as the shahi paneer, it's like grated cheese in a creamy tomato sauce. Add some garlic naan and I am in Indian food heaven. They also have this prawn dish sometimes in the buffet. The servers know me well so I know the tricks - like if your in a rush, you can just head to the bar after you are done eating and they'll ring you up right away. I am telling you, if you haven't been to this place you are missing out. There's a pizza place beside it, which is kinda funny - but despite that the ambiance is pretty solid. Sari's on the wall, good music, and very, very clean (most indian restaurants have some awful bathrooms, this one's good).
My girlfriend and I had decided to give Saffron a try, as we live close and from the outside, the place looks pretty inviting. There was a sign outside saying that dinner buffet was offered during the week until 9pm, and since it was 8pm we decided to go in and see what Saffron had to offer.
I have lived in this city for 27 years, and have worked in the restaurant industry for 5 of those years. Never have I had an experience in a 'fine dining' establishment that was this bad. I have eaten at many, many Indian restaurants in town and was truly disappointed by Saffron. To start out, the ambiance was terrible. Thievery Corporation is not Indian music, and all other Indian establishments I have been in have had traditional Indian music, so this change of pace threw me off from the get go. The tables were placed very closely together which I can understand if it is countered by great food. The food is sub-par.
The service was terrible. There was little or no response at the door from the hostess, even though it didn't seem very busy. After asking us if we were eating in, the person who became our server ran to get us a table without saying a thing, leaving us standing at the entrance wondering if she had in fact been going to show us a table. This was rather awkward but we decided to follow anyway and have a seat at a table. After some wait (which was strange on a Friday night, because it seemed most of the first evening rush had left, leaving about 4 or 5 tables) the server took our order with little or no suggestion or conversation. Maybe it was a bad day, she really didn't seem helpful or interested in taking another order.
We ordered a fish pakora which came out dry - so dry not even the small serving of mint chutney could counter the dryness. In the time this took to hit the table, they had sat another table of 3 right beside us, and they had all the food they had ordered before we received our first main (maybe there's a secret word or something?) Then, shockingly, we received only one of two mains, with none of the naan or rice we had ordered. After several minutes I asked to have our naan, which came out shortly after as half of what we had actually ordered. Then our second main came out without rice, and after I asked we were brought an order of rice that wasn't the type that we had ordered. This was all very, very strange. At least time it so there are mains on the table at the same time, or bring naan as soon as a main has come out. Oh yes, and the first main was undercooked.
Never will we return to this establishment. I have never had a dining experience worse than this. We have decided to continue to order from Mezbaan, as their ambiance is unfortunate but their Indian is the best in the area. Tandoori King on Fraser near Marine still remains my favorite Indian restaurant in the lower mainland. With regards to Saffron: I would've been happier eating at subway 3 times for the same price.
The food was outstanding, the portions amazing and the place is pretty cute. Lot's of items to choose from in the buffet - last time I went it had prawn, beef and butter chicken as well as a number of vegetarian dishes and appies. Beats any of the places you will go to in Vancouver and majority of the places in Surrey as well. Service has been good, and the items in the buffet are always fresh and replenished. I like it, and will continue to go back over, and over, and over, and over again!!! P.S Best Samosa's I have ever had!! I always order a portion to go!
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.
I tried this place out for the first time tonight, based mainly on these reviews, and it was definitely as good as hoped! I had the dinner buffet, which offered a nice salad bar, desserts, and at least 10 different hot & fresh entrees to choose from. I took a bit of every single entree onto my one plate and, even though many of the entrees were saucy and my plate looked like the dog's breakfast, each one had a distinct and delicious flavour - every one was a hit! The rice was light and fluffy (with 2 kinds to choose from), the naan (brought to your table) was hot, chewy and fresh, and the flavours of things like the tandoori chicken, spinach paneer, and tikka masala were all some of the best I've tasted. My only complaint would be that none of the entrees had any real spice kick whatsoever, so if you're looking for really spicy Indian food, you might have to either order off the menu or go elsewhere, but if you're just after the flavours (which are great), then this place takes it, hands down!
Service was also good - the lady kept our water topped up and apologized to my friend when he got his drink a bit late (only by a couple minutes though, nothing major). The people beside us who ordered off the menu got their food at a timely pace and also seemed happy with things. It looked like they got decent-sized portions too, as they all got doggy bags afterward. In short, at $19 for the buffet (before tax & tip), this place gives great value for the money, considering the nice ambiance and food quality, so I highly suggest you give it a shot sometime!
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.