Saffron serves Indian cuisine in a stylish, warm ambience with excellent service and food.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
My family went here last night for my daughters'(yeah they are twins)18th birthday. We loved the food!!! We had prawn, chicken (tandori & butter chicken, beef, paneer,paroka, many salad,and the sweets....ahhh, love that! The naan is not too bad(i had better in Main St.,Vancouver). I'm not familiar the name of food but i know; butter chicken, beef curry, chicken tandori, chicken tikka masala, spinach & cheese(paneer),rice basmati, samosa, gulab jamun. I had them all last night...and more =)
I have eaten at Saffron several times, and this latest one was a nightmare. The "butter chicken" is tough overcooked diced chicken breast dunked in watery butter sauce. The rest of their curries are flavourless and watered down, the chicken is in no way marinated and in several pieces I took, were not cooked correctly.
At least the service is ok and relatively fast, and it gets busy at lunch hour... but I will not be going back to this place ever again.
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 had the Vegetable Thali, which featured 3 veggie entree's of the day served with saffron rice, 4 pieces of naan bread, small salad, 3 vegetable pakoras, rice pudding and 2 gulab jamun. This was $16.99 vs. the $18.99 for the buffet. I was overeating like crazy with the thali, so it was a better deal. I could have probably shared it amongst 2 people. I found this to be nirvana. It was a pleasure to savour every bite.
My guest had the chicken curry which was pretty plain. It had chicken in sauce and nothing else. For $15 it was not really worth it. He said it was OK, but nothing spectacular.
Before our meal, we were presented with the standard dosa chips with Hari (clilantro) chutney.
I'd take a date here. It's candle lit. If you want the buffet, all items are labeled in LARGE letters. When I checked it out, it was cleanly presented.
Had no problems here.
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 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).
I've always wondered about Indian food. Then my friend found me this place that I could try all kinds of food with one price. I am pretty happy with the price that it's not overpriced. I love the buttered chicken that it was so buttery and the Naan was really good. I've never tried Indian food, but the flavour definitely satisfy me and my friend for sure. I've heard that lamb Korma was good, too. I'll definitely go try it next time.
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.