7 March 2014
Saffron Indian Restaurant in Inglewood is quite a trek from my house, but there was an online deal for 50% off food so we were motivated! The regular prices are listed in this review. Just keep in mind that this is not your average takeaway Indian joint - sometimes higher prices are justified by the quality of the food.
Tandoori chicken (entrée size for $12.50)
We started with a couple of entrées. The tandoori chicken quarters were not even sizes but I was a champ and took a smaller piece. Mmm tender chicken, full of flavour, served with a great mint yoghurt. This was even better than average tandoori chicken because it had a little bit of spice, yum!
Onion bhaji ($9.90)
The gorgeous fried onion bhaji came with a generous serving (but not “6 pieces” as described on the menu). We enjoyed the light batter and soft onion slices. A very fragrant and moreish start to our meal.
Channa masala ($15.90)
My friends were surprised that the chickpea curry was probably a favourite that night. This vegetarian creation is chockers full of wholesome chickpeas in a very thick onion masala sauce. A touch creamy and super tasty. Kudos to the lovely chef :)
Butter chicken ($21.50)
Despite the fact that butter chicken is my staple Indian food order, this dish actually had to take a backseat because of all the other amazing flavours on the table. We enjoyed the tender boneless chicken pieces but I found the sauce a tad too sweet.
Lamb korma ($19.90)
Lamb korma was probably fighting for #1 on my list of fav dishes that evening. The lamb was wonderfully soft and easy to pull apart. The thick creamy sauce was packed with flavour and rich from cashew nights. Not at all spicy, but delightful nonetheless.
Paneer bhuna masala ($16.90)
I’m a big fan of paneer, which is a difficult cheese to describe (so you should just taste it sometime). We were impressed by the heap of large cheese cubes, a very generous serving. The onion and tomato masala sauce was unsurprising similar to the chickpea masala. However, none of the curries were even slightly spicy even to the most delicate of tastebuds at our table.
Chilli garlic naan ($4); garlic naan ($4)
We wolfed down the awesome crispy naan (bread) and ordered more partway through our meal! It was a little oily but very flavoursome, and flatter than most naan that I’ve tried.
Plain biryani rice ($6)
I probably wouldn’t bother ordering rice again if I returned. The biryani rice included sultanas (not listed on the menu) which I always find kinda gross in savoury dishes. However, the basmati rice itself was aromatic and yellow with saffron as expected.
Mango kulfi ($6)
We were super full and the staff carefully packaged our leftovers so we could take them home. However, everyone has a separate dessert stomach (anatomically proven, I’m sure)! Kulfi is a North Indian ice cream made with almonds and pistachios, which gives it interesting texture and a rich flavour. This mango kulfi is the best I’ve tasted since I first tried it at Paprika Club in Osborne Park.
Our meal came to $30pp before the discount and included free chilled tap water. The waitstaff were friendly and reasonably attentive, but the manager was quite strange and came across a little bit rude. We all agreed that the food was fantastic, but I was surprised paying the bill to discover that they wouldn’t discount my order for a takeaway lamb korma. It should be made clear to the customer beforehand if food will not be discounted. Also, it seems silly to penalise me for wanting to share curry with my family because I was going to convince them to trek to Inglewood with me another evening! Food for thought…
Likes: delicious curries, generous servings
Dislikes: suburban location in Inglewood is not very convenient for me
Value for money: reasonable given the excellent food and serving sizes
Overall: great for locals, but not sure if I’d return given the location
907B Beaufort Street
(08) 9272 3459