Saffron serves Indian cuisine in a stylish, warm ambience with excellent service and food.
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!
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.
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 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 love Saffron! Their butter chicken, and shahi paneer (I think that's how you spell it) are amazing. They both have a similar sauce and equally yummy! I've been for their lunch buffet, and I must tell you to prepare for a wait (it's worth it though). The service is sometimes a bit on the slow side...it's not bad...just a bit slow. But it is okay because you want to take your time and enjoy all the flavours the food has to offer. I have ordered off their dinner menu as well...overall the food is amazing! It's in Burnaby, but it is worth the drive!!
My co-workers and I frequent this place for the lunch buffet. The food is well worth the price and we always leave feeling satisfied. There tends to be a crowd for the lunch buffet but everyone gets all they need and we are able to get in and out within our lunch break. I really, really like their food and think this place is worth checking out at lunch. I've yet to go there for dinner, but co-workers say it is great then as well.
I highly suggest trying Saffron.
I have been here a few times for the lunch buffet, which has very good selection and good food at a very reasonable price.
Some food is a little too oily, maybe because it has been sitting there for too long. But hey, what do you expect for buffet food?!
My main complaint about this place is their service! Unlike other buffets, the restaurant does not have naan bread on their buffet line, as the service staff bring naan bread to your table. Originally I thought this was a great idea because otherwise one patron usually takes all of the naan bread from the buffet.
However, the service staff take an incredibly long time to bring the naan to your table. The last time it took about 20mins from the time we sat down. So expect to eat your first plate with rice and no naan. Also, it seems they just dish out the naan randomly. Last time they were giving the bread to tables that just sat down, while we were waiting. Also, don't expect to have your water refilled at all.
I was just googling Saffron to find their number so I could order take out and this review page came up...I created an account just so I could share how much I love this place. Yes, sometime the service is a bit on the slower end, but it is worth the wait. The atmosphere is great..music is awesome..cool mix of traditional and house beats. The food is amazing!!!! The somosa's, butter-chicken, chicken dahi-wala, vegetable dishes, the lamb, all cooked to perfection. Just thinking about it is making my mouth water. If you haven't been you should go now..this place is Burnaby's little jewel.
This indian restaurant was average. Nothing stood out in particular and it is worth a few tries. If you cannot think of a place to go, this would be a good, decent place to try. They have a lunch and dinner buffet, which I have never tried, but I think it would be ok.
I have been visiting this AYCE ($11) place since they opened a few years ago and they have a winning combination of food selection, decor, service and most importantly the food taste.
Its way better than other Indian restaurants I have visited like Maurya, New India, Samosa Garden etc.
Their signature dish is also my favorite - Butter Chicken. The selection includes tasty curries, savoury bites, desserts, fruits and salads. The curry dishes are quite mild compared to traditional Indian standards, but I guess thats to accommodate their diverse clientele.
Their high overall quality has remained consistent over the years and I would not hesitate to recommend this place!!
Very good Indian food. Not of any sort of creative or fusion variety, just solid traditional dishes. Exactly how we like it.
They have lunch buffet on weekdays and dinner buffer on Mondays and Tuesdays (?). Decent salad bar and 6-7-8 main course items.
I would recommend going for the buffet if dining alone or with another person. Otherwise it's worth ordering off the menu and sharing.
The portion size is normal, an appy and an entree are more than enough to fill up and have a doggy box to go. The rice and naan need to be ordered separately, though I don't see much of a problem with this.
I would recommend trying their Lamb Dopiaza (lamb with onions), Dhania Gosht (lamb, spinach, tomatoes) and Mutter Paneer (cheese and chick peas). Curries are also very well prepared, and so are the Tandoori dishes.
The place is a couple of years old and it has very nice ambiance with Indian-style lounge music playing in a background.
As others noted, the take out is another good option and it rarely takes longer than 15-20 minutes.
I've heard so much about Saffron, and I finally got to go last night. Well, it was a big disappointment for me. The ambiance is great, no doubt about it. Service was alright, nothing impressive. Food was just bad last night. We had mixed grills and deep fried soft bread with curry chickpeas. The shrimps were stinky! The chicken tikka were tasteless and same with chicken tandoori. The kabobs were the same! The bread was so greasy it was unbelievable. The only thing I enjoyed was the curry chickpeas...I don't think I'll ever go back again, I'll stick with Vij's or Rangoli.
Went for lunch today as me and the wife was in the vicinity and from what i heard from my wife, she tried their buffet ages ago with her friends and it was yummy. it was also starting to snow and we thought a nice spicy dish would go with the mood.
Well maybe it was yummy ages ago but not so today.
13+ dollars and most of their items are some sort of vegetable dish prepared with different color curry sauce.
Butter chicken was so so. The dish which says beef curry was in fact beef ball curry.The beef ball was cut into pieces to resemble beef chunks i suppose.
Naan which was brought to your table in a basket was bland and tasteless. Tandoori chicken
was just humdrum.
The only ok selection was the chicken curry. Where is the lamb curry? None of the dishes were even remotely spicy. Ok..i realize that they have to cater to different taste buds but seriously, can't they have at lest one "hot" dish. Just have to label it on the tray and whoever wish for some "hot" dish can give it a try.
Tried it once and that is enough i guess.
Tonight we had dinner here.
BUT the service was so bad, I had to get up from my table to request more rice , then we were never asked if we wanted any thing else, after 40 minutes of no one coming to the table , no plates removed no drinks refilled, nothing I again had to go request the bill , once I had the bill it still took 15 minutes for some one to come collect it. We were planning on having dessert, But I really couldn't understand why we got no table service, NONE>
From their flyers... they did not sound outstanding... but my room-mate and I finally decided to go their for their 'cheapo' buffet as compared to Samsosa Garden...
Everytime I go to Indian food. I get a belly ache. But I love Indian food altogether.
From the food quality, flavour and variety served during lunch buffet... I would come back here 100 more times and ask my friends to dump Samosa Garden.
This place is 100% Better than Samosa Garden for Variety, Price, Flavour, Quality of Food, Service and Ambience.
No No stomach ache this time.
Food is even 300% better and well priced than the Indian Restaurants in Little India. Tried both those on Main and made me sick. What butter chicken is sweet that comes in a little dish enough for 1/2 person and cost close to $10???
For the last couple weeks, my husband and I have been haunting restaurants and buffets ( not good for the waistline and wallet )and we decided to go back to Saffron since we hadn't been there in a long time. After this experience today, nothing else compares to here. If you ever go for their lunch buffet, you should try to get there just after they open and before there noon rush. The buffet table looked very presentable and colorful...very impressive was our thoughts. Lots of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to choose from. I always enjoy and look forward to their butter chicken and funky deep fried crackers, but, it's the rice pudding that I'm hooked on. I was talking to this patron ahead of me and I guess she enjoyed it so much, she went back up for more.
Service was really attentive and they were just bustling. The server was really good at bringing back fresh and HOT naan to another table because they were waiting for another guest to arrive...without the patron even asking. That server took initiative, so he's in my good books!
Overall, I had a really great experience from Saffron and would highly recommend it!