Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Saffron Indian Cuisine! -- Wait, isn't this food? Why am I reviewing food?

Yes, Brewji has to eat, too! So, why not show off all the delicious grub while I'm at it? I already have my Zomato Profile.

Since Zomato doesn't make it easy to link your blog posts to their reviews (I still can't get my blog linked after hours of effort), I'm going to post it all here! Besides, what goes better with beer than food (or more beer?), right?

To kick off the year, I started with my post on Russell Brewing's holiday brew package. Now, I'm going to show you what my city has to offer! By "My city", I mean the Greater Vancouver area.

Tammy and I were at Saffron Indian Cuisine near Metrotown on New Year's Day. It was one of the only places open, and we finally decided we didn't want a grease-fuelled hangover cure (for dinner).

Before we got our appetizers or our mains, we were treated to some complimentary Papadum (chickpea flour cracker). I thought every table got some, but it turns out we were special :)

Papadum (Complimentary)
Saffron Indian Cuisine, Burnaby, BC
Photo: Brewji

We opted for an order of Vegetable Pakoras to start.

Vegetable Pakoras with Tamarind Chutney
Saffron Indian Cuisine, Burnaby, BC
Photo: Brewji

Then, our mains -- a Thali, each. What's a "Thali"? I dunno, but it sure is a ton of food!

Thali (Regular) - There is a vegetarian option as well
Saffron Indian Cuisine
Photo: Brewji

Tammy's Thali is pictured above.
Here's a breakdown of what it contains:

  • Butter Chicken
  • Lamb Curry
  • Daal Curry
  • Chicken Tikka (just a couple of pieces)
  • Rice
  • Naan
  • Dessert (Kheer - Rice Pudding, or Gulab Jamun - like an Indian "Timbit" with sugar syrup)
  • Salad (what am I, a rabbit?)

The Butter Chicken is your standard Indian restaurant butter chicken, taken to the next level. It's one of the better ones I've had in Vancouver, and I believe it's Tammy's favourite.

The Lamb Curry was my distinct favourite. The Lamb was perfectly cooked, and it melded in with the spices and created a flavour that my palette didn't know existed. I'm pretty sure I would destroy this if it was ever in the buffet. Who needs rice when you have a spoon?

The Daal Curry was good, but the Lamb Curry stole the show for me. Daal is a mung bean curry, cooked with spices. It's definitely a staple if you're going to have a variety of dishes and aren't sure what to go with.

Oh, and the Chicken Tikka was delicious. You get the spices, which envelop the savoury juicy chicken pieces, and that little tiny bit of char to remind you of the home-cooked feel.

Tammy's Kheer? She loved it. She was stuffed full and still demolished it.
My Gulab Jamun? I didn't get a chance to take a picture...more like "What Gulab Jamun?"

The rice was on point (as you'd expect), and the Naan was soft, fluffy, and so, so useful in eating my Lamb Curry.

I didn't touch my salad. I don't like salads. Mainly because with Crohn's, digesting anything raw that has tons of fibre will hurt like hell (plus, I'm mildly allergic to some raw, uncooked veggies like raw bell peppers and stuff, so I'm not risking it).


The Veggie Pakoras were $5.95
The Thalis were $18.95 each

We definitely got our money's worth.

Overall, I'd give Saffron Indian Cuisine a flavourful-and-repeatable 8.5 / 10
Tammy gives Saffron Indian Cuisine a let's-try-more-types-of-curry! 8.5 / 10

Saffron Indian Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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