Saffron serves Indian cuisine in a stylish, warm ambience with excellent service and food.
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!
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
Another one a bit further, but feel bad about amount of gas used to deliver...
Came in for dinner a couple of times - the food is good - although their butter chicken tasted a bit off - not sure if it was the chicken or the sauce. However, I find the value pretty poor for what you get.
The service was good the first time I went and the second time the waiter screwed up our order and then i didn't see him until the end of the meal - After 8-10 minutes I gave up and was so hungry I ate whatever they put in front of me - luckily I am not a picky eater.
Items I have eaten: Naan, Rice, a lamb dish (which was unknown to me), Butter chicken, and a potato and cauliflower dish. Food I would rank as a solid which I would say on a scale of 1 to 10 is about a 7 - the only complaints besides the service the one time and the value is the lamb was tough.
- not bad for a try
When I walked into Saffron, the first thing I noticed is the funky music. It was lounge electronic, sitar fusion music! I was already having a good time. Once we got our food though I forgot all about it. My first trip to Saffron was about 2 months ago, and I have been there three or four time since. I have to say each time I go the service gets better, but the amazing food stays consistent. The best somosa's I have had in a while. They don't have the same stiff dough that you get with the somosa's you buy four for a $1.00. More like a phylo pastry. The butter chicken is so good, not too tomatoey as some butter chickens tend to be. The garlic naan is perfect for dipping, not too crunchy not too soft. My only complaint is that they won't deliver to my house...they say I live too far! If you are in the Burnaby area you should stop by...and if you are lucky enough to have it delivered then why don't you!?!?
My wife and I are new to Burnaby and wanted to find a good Indian restaurant in the city. Saffron seemed to have decent reviews, so we wanted to check it out for ourselves. Unfortunately, it is only a mediocre Indian restaurant, at best, and we probably won't be going back. We're not really sure why it received such a high rating, as it was only a subpar meal at best. Unlike other poster, we didn`t have any problem with the service staff. The waitress that served us was quite nice and did a decent job.
After thinking about it, we decided against the buffet, as we wanted to try some specific dishes. First up were the vegetable samosas. They seemed alright when they arrived, but as soon as we cut them open we realized that they were stone cold in the center... obviously they had be reheated, and the kitchen didn't do a very good job.
Next up, the mains. The Lamb Korma was the best of what we ordered, with the only complaint being that we received a lot of sauce and very little meat. For $14, we expected a little more. The butter chicken also wasn't bad... didn't blow us away, either. We had the same complaint as with the Lamb Korma... very little in the way of meat, as it was almost all sauce. Again, for $13 a dish, we expected to get a little more.
The worst main, by far, was the Palak Paneer. Probably the worst we've ever had. Definitely not recently made, with an incredibly thick sauce (think repeated heated until it becomes like a thick glue), and overly chewy cheese. It's not often I take one bit of a $11 dish and then discard it, but that's exactly what we did.
Finally, one bit of advice. If you go and order rice, ask them NOT to but hot sauce on it. All the rice we ordered came drenched in hot sauce, and it was so strong that it just overpowered the taste of the other dishes.
Given that there are other better options for Indian food in the Lower Mainland, neither my wife nor I are likely to go back to Saffron.
I just came back from having dinner there on Friday night. The restaurant wasn't too busy....which was surprising.
Food was very good there. Service can be better.....there were three staffs there, but none of them is very attentive. We had to ask few time to refill water and of course for bill as well (don't know why it's so hard to get the bill). Anyhow, we will go back again.
Food is good, veg food is quite excellent.
Chicken dishes have been a touch watery, probably cos indian food can be frozen and many prepare large batches and freeze, which is ok at home, but not for $15 per entree.
These guys make money cos there are no other indian eateries around.
2 stirkes meaning, I've gotten food poisoning twice from this restaurant, and I've only ever eaten there about 4 times.
On one occasion, I dropped by for the lunch buffet, and although I was starving and wanted to eat more, I was significantly slowed because of the restaurants desire to only bring a couple small pieces of naan to my table at a time, and that split between 4 people did not last long at all... and after asking a few others, I found out that this was to be expected during the buffet hours... Needless to say, I was not impressed.
A lot of their curry dishes taste nearly identical (assuming they have the same meat) because I'm assuming they use the same curry base for each of those dishes... meaning if you'd tried one chicken curry dish, you've tried them all. Also, the curries are also very bland and are not at all what Indian food should be, which is full of spices and flavour
The ambiance was pleasant and I have no complaints, the restaurant seemed clean, the servers were polite and minus being slow with the naan during buffet hours, were fine.
Overall, assuming you haven't gotten sick from the food, this place is 'alright', but I gave them one star for food just because I think it's unacceptable to get food poisoning twice in a restaurant when I've only visited it a few times.
I work close to Saffron Restuarant, since it's only few minutes walk I have been there for lunch few times. I feel they recycle there food as the menu is always same and not appealing. I am a great fan of Indian cuisine and have dined in fine resturants in Vancouver. Going there is a matter of convinience for us and cosidering regular lunch customer they need to add more variety to the lunch buffet.
I'm from England, the land of Indian restaurants...after I moved here I was very disappointed in the selection of dive Indian food places you have here..and then I found my diamond in the rough! I think that the food at Saffron is to die for! I have never had a bad experience with the food. I think the Palak dishes are absolutely amazing! And the chicken meats are always tender. If you like lamb you should try the seek kebabs, so juicy! If you like REAL Indian Food then you should try Saffron!
I had a nice dinner at this nice Indian restaurant. It's a great place for friends to get together. But the portion is a bit small. And the dish doesn't come with s staple. You need to order rice or bread as well. There are many very good Indian restaurants in Vancouver. I think the portions or prices should be adjusted given there are so much competition in Vancouver. In general, not bad.
I have been to the lunch buffet, and I have been there for dinner but if you haven't you should go. The lunch buffet can get pretty busy, so I would try to avoid peak times between 11:30 and 1pm. The food was fresh, and was so good. There is a lot of variety offered during the buffet, and the menu for dinner offers a variety of veg., chicken, lamb and seafood dishes. The service was pretty good, not the best, but not the worst either (if you go to the buffet after peak time I find the service gets better too). Any service shortfalls are compensated by the ambiance (the music they play is amazing) and the veggie samosa's, the best somosa's I have ever had.
I've been here a few times and I really liked it. I like the decor its very trendy indian. The rice is really neat. I wouldn't order any of the meat curries because they have tasted really bland and a little dry. The veggie curries are outstanding! Really superb! The last time we went there they made a mistake on our order and they gave their "mistake" to us for free!... so we got 2 meals for one price. They also have free delivery too.
An above average resturant of any genre. The service was quite patient, efficient, and responsive without being overly intrusive. The dishes that we ordered came quickly and spiced the way that we asked. The resturant itself is a nice space, very tastefully designed, and a change from the usual indian resturant. If you were on a date though, the resturant is a bit open, so it is not the most intimate. Now for the food. I highly recommend the Rogan Josh. If I was at home I would have licked the plate, but being the gent that I am, I let my naan do the work. The other two dishes were also good. For the Indian food virgins, Saffron is a good introduction.
It's been a while since Burnaby had a family restaurant to call it's own. With a friendly staff and a stylish setting Saffron offers fresh, well made Indian cuisine. The staff on a Friday night are courteous, polite and friendly. Our food took a little longer than expected but our server was more than apologetic and suggested we try the Gulab Jamun dessert on her! Needless to say she introduced us to a new guilty pleasure...thanks!