Saffron serves Indian cuisine in a stylish, warm ambience with excellent service and food.
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 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!
I've been to this restaurant a whole bunch of times with my family, and I love eating there. The food always comes out piping hot and fresh and always tastes so yum! My favourites are the Vegetable Biryani with Raita and the Mutter(peas) & Mushroom Curry. The service is friendly and we're always attended to. One of my favourtie parts though of this restaurant aside from the food is the atmosphere, its always hustle bustle and the music is a great indian-western fusion, which is a nice change from most other indian restaurants I've been to. I am definatley going to be back to Saffron soon :)
I went to Saffron for lunch with a friend from the East. Compared the many other Indian places out there, the decor is pretty cool. They have great fabrics on the wall and great trinkets spread about. There was no buffet when we went so we ordered off the menu. We started off by sharing an order of vegetable pokora's and a chaat. I had never had chaat before, it was really good. There are chick peas, yogurt, potato's and chutney in chaat, and these wafer type things. It was very refreshing. We moved onto sharing a lamb vindloo, butter chicken, naan and rice. The sauces were rich and delicious. The portions didn't seem all that big, but I guess we were fooled because we had left overs that we packed up to go. Our server was really good at recommending food items, but we had to wait a bit for our bill.
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!
As a follow up with the order we placed today at Saffron for our office. WHAT A HORRIBLE MISTAKE! How can you just walk away with someones lunch ? We were absolutely upset with this place. We placed an order and waited and waited and waited and then waited some more. I belive about 3 people from the office all called the restaurant to check up on the order as everyone has times for lunch and we were all getting quite anxious and hungry at the same time.
My best advice. DO NOT ORDER HERE!
They do not take customer service levels to heart at all. They just care about the money, if a 100 bucks went out the window then who cares.
The driver was confused so was the girl on the phone we got no call back, no compensation and guess what we ended up ordering a pizza...
what a way to celebrate a joint lunch
Thanks to the *GREAT* Service at Saffron
Went last night for a dinner party of 6. I was the first to arrive, and there was no record of a reservation my friend made. Luckily, though, 2 parties were leaving so we were able to get a couple of tables put together.
We started with samosas and pakoras. The pakoras tasted good, but looked a wee bit overdone. The samosas were good, but 2 weren't enough for 6 of us.
For the main course, we chose: butter chicken, aloo gobi, chicken heyerdahl, goa fish curry, prawn curry, and spinach with cheese. Out of all of them, the chicken heyerdahl tasted the best, that was gone in a couple of seconds. Aloo gobi was a bit on the salty side, the spinach was good, and butter chicken was good. The fish curry was very fishy tasting, meaning the fish wasn't fresh, so we returned that one.
We ended with pretty much every dessert on the menu, and we were sufficiently stuffed.
I would like to try the lunch buffet sometimes.
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".
after reading many reviews of this restaurant I decided to give it a shot. the first thing I came to understand was that service IN the dining room left a lot of people wishing for more. now, if this was because of a poor floor staff or if it was because the place is so busy that they have trouble keeping up is open to speculation and i didn't really feel like finding out for myself.
so I opted for delivery and I have to say, it was good. I mean, it doesn't really compare to somewhere like The Tandoori Kitchen out in white rock, but for the location it's alright.
beware of the spices, though. if you order a hot dish... it is HOT.
The food here is quite good, but the portions are very small. You can expect alot of sauce and very little meat if you order a la carte. The servers seem to think they are hot stuff and is not very proactive in bringing water or your bill. Other than that, the ambience is very nice and food is decent. Worth a try.
We often go to Saffron for the daily brunch and quite enjoy the food. It's not the best Indian in town, but still tasty and usually well made. The kitchen staff occasionally have an off day, but not too many. The buffet and menu both have a lot of excellent vegetarian dishes; the mutter paneer is a favorite. I find the all you can eat buffet for $10.95 a good deal. My biggest complaint is that the service sucks! Probably 60% of the times we go for the buffet they never get around to bringing us our naan, or bring it after we've finished eating, never come back after seating you so you can't order drinks or ask for more water, and don't bring the bill so you end up just hang out by the cash register til someone notices you.
After planning a dinner date with my girlfriend she suggested we go out for Indian food. I chose Saffron based off of many good reviews and the fact that it's very close to where I live. We were both impressed with the quality of both the food and service. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone who loves Indian food as well as for someone who has never tried it and wants to expose themselves to something new.
We were greeted and taken to our table moments after walking in the door. We had time to take in the simplistic yet pleasing atmosphere of the restaurant and even discussed the interesting candleholders at our table.
After a few moments of staring at the menu, somewhat bewildered, we asked the waiter who had already poured us water and taken our drink order to make some recomendations, he promptly provided us with a summary of basically the entire menu and recommended we try the Saffron Combo. We ended up ordering this and a couple other appetizers.
Needless to say, the food was incredible. Both my girlfriend and I were stuffed by the end of the night, and the waiter was constantly returning with more water and periodically asking us if the food had enough spice and if the meal was satisfactory. I haven't enjoyed a dining experience this much in a long time. Anyone looking for an interesting and romantic restaurant will love this place!
Went their twice once for their buffet and once for their menu order.
The buffet is probably the better deal. Some really good choices there and the Naan is not bad. Always busy at dinner time. Seems to be connected to the pizza place on the other side, so don't know what's up with that.
I've been to several Indian buffets and this one is actually near the top of the pile. They have good selection of meat curries, so it's not all veggie stuff, which makes it cheaper for the restaurant to make.
I have been to a couple of indian restaurant. Oh how i love the buttered chicken... It is the greatest way to cook it for sure. My family went in and had the buffet. The price for me is reasonable considering everybody in my family have big appetite. The Naan is just awesome, warm and fresh ( at least to me) I dont' know if they make it on site, but really aromatic. The only thing I would suggest is the decor in there, They probably need updates but so far I am ok with it as long as the food is good...Good dessert ( the coconut pearl thingy).
The Lunch Buffet at Saffron is definitely not worth the money they charge. There are usually only 2-3 different meat dishes and the dessert fruit is not fresh. I do like the Naan provided throughout the meal however the rest of it is only decent. Since the restaurant is on the smaller side the service is good. They're quite attentive to what you need especially if it's a drink that they can make extra money on.
I've also been there for a dinner which wasn't great. The chicken tandoori was dry (maybe it's supposed to be that way). The variety of curries was decent but once again it was mainly vegetarian stuff.
There are other Indian restaurants near by that I would prefer going to for quality and price.
We tried the Saffron Indian cuisine last long weekend. We enjoyed the butter chicken and tikka, lovely sauces and wild saffron rice. I also ordered the Chai tea, which was steeping hot, aromatic with spices, and sweet. Very nice. The restaurant was not too busy, so our server was very attentive, cleared our dishes away when the next course was ready. The restaurant was clean and neat and ambiance was quiet and modern.
I've been to Saffron several times in the last few years for lunch and dinner buffet. The food is good at times but lately has been inconsistent even when the buffet prices have gone up. $20.00 for dinner buffet with very little variety cannot be justified. Lots of heavy cream in the sauces if you are into this sort of thing but little in way of spices. Service is attentive depending who is there. I do not frequent this place as often now because of this. It is a decent Indian restaurant but there are lot better ones around now.
I have mixed feelings about this place. The food here taste good but I am not sure if I like leaving here with the Indian food smell lingering over me...
I've tried the a la carte as well as the buffets and feel that the buffet gives you enough choice. However, if you go here frequently, you'd notice they don't change the items on their buffet often, so it can get repetitive.
They have the standard Indian fare. The service is usually by family members, so depending on who is working it could range from odd as someone else has commented to very friendly and informatiive.
The decor is nice enough and the location is convenient, though parking can be a bit dicey in the day time. You could park accross at Old Orchard and walk across.
They also now do pizza on the side with some interesting toppings.
I'm certainly no big fan of this place and won't rave about it, it's just alright for me..
I went with a friend to try out the food. We both went for dinner buffet ($16.95). There were decent number of dishes and the food was tasty. My only complaint is that the food is a bit cold. I would like to have my Indian food to be hot/warm. Saffron rice and biryani rice were a bit dry. I think I will enjoy the food more if I try the lunch buffet for $10.95. I was told that the lunch buffet has almost the same selections as dinner but dinner buffet usually has sea food dish. The day that we tried, there was no sea food selection. It could be because it was Monday night.
I would day I am a regular customer. We get a lot of takeout from Saffron and it is always ready on time, well packed, great portions and delicious.
I have eaten in a few times too with no complaints. It is my favourite local Indian place.