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Saffron Indian Cuisine

4300 Kingsway, #5
Burnaby, BC V5H1Z8
Tel: (604) 436-5000 Order Online
Neighbourhood: Metrotown

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Yum Yum!
By foodyumyum of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

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!!

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Left Hungry
By foodlover87 of surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

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

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Good food, horrible service
By AJVAN of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

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.

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Love it!
By MKT1101 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 5, 2008 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

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.

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Everything was normal
By paperchef of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

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.

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One of the Best Around
By alexrex02 of West End (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 10:39am [Dine in]

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!!

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great indian in the burnaby area
By Dizavin of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

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.

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Small portions
By foodfav of Burnaby,BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

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.

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Recommended
By pumpkind of Unknown (26 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2007 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

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.

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Good food, bad service
By Collage of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

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.

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Decent Buffet but not worth the money
By mixed90 of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 24, 2006 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

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.

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Outstanding Indian Cuisine
By DavidCoyle of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 3:44am [Dine in]

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!

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Butter chicken
By Le_Gourmand of Burnaby (24 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

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.

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Disappointing Lunch Buffet
By aeis2000 of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 4:56pm [Dine in]

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.

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Good buffet but going downhill
By Gastroc of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

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.

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Fabulous Lunch Buffet
By phattass of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 11:59am [Dine in]

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.

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What a terrible ordeal
By jaymmzzs of vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

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>

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Taste of heaven
By Munchies of East End, Van (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

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!

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Good Food, So-So Service
By LADYEATSGOOD of Lower Mainland (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

On the upside, food is good, chicken morsels could be better sized in butter chicken. Downside: forgot a few items in my delivery order, although we were still charged for them! Only a couple bucks here and there, but still.
Called back about it, got passed around.
Please check your order at the door before the driver leaves!

Closest Indian restaurant that delivers to our area, but patience is
wearing thin.

Another one a bit further, but feel bad about amount of gas used to deliver...

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Outstanding... Would Go Back Here Again...
By childoftheworld of Burnaby (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

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???

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