Voted in the Top 50 Restaurants by Metro Magazine, 2008, Saffron fine dining restaurant offers fantastic Indian cuisine.
Situated in the middle of Ponsonby, Saffron Fine Indian Cuisine is a welcoming restaurant with a solid reputation. Perfect for any occasion. Awarded Best Indian Restaurant for 2004 by Metro Magazine. Voted in the Top 50 Restaurants by Metro Magazine, 2008.
Lovely Indian food and reasonably good service. However, the food lacks consistency. Their yoghurt rice is a must-try, but the first time we ordered it – the yoghurt was served separately. The second time – it was mixed with the rice and black mustard seeds! Hmmm… odd.
Being an Indian I’m very choosy when it comes to Indian food (there are so many around). I totally love the vegetarian brunch that is served Sat and Sun. Nearly go there every week. It is good value for money and at the same time there is decent food. I prefer the brunch to mains any time.
My main menu experiences have been alright, eaten there a couple of times found the food pretty decent. Make the spice mild because I have found their medium close to hot and hot aaahhh.
Service wise I think they can improve a bit, it doesn’t hurt to smile once in a while and deco seems a definite upgrade.
I go to Saffron’s for the lunch special combo which is a really good deal – $11 for curry, rice, naan and drink in good portions. The food is decent enough but not stand out. It’s usually pretty empty when we go for lunch, which gives a bit of an eery feeling and the decour is not the best. The owner of the restaurant seems nice enough as well as the staff. Annoying that lunch is only available from Fri-Sun, though I go back for the good deal.
Our experience at this restaurant last night was nothing like the bad reviews I have read. The service was excellent, even down to opening and pouring our BYO wine and making sure our water was constantly topped up. The curries were wonderful, especially the Mysore Chilli Chicken (Boneless chicken cooked in fresh curry leaves, fennel and coconut sauce), and Naan was perfect. Too many Indian restaurants tone down their curries for our “European palette”. Curries are supposed to be spicy and full of flavour and these ones certainly were. I look forward to returning and sampling other dishes, although it would be hard to bypass the Mysore Chilli Chicken!
Wondered why we were the only ones there but now I know…. Asked them to turn on some music as all we could hear was the banging of pots in the kitchen.
Poor / absent service. Sent meal back 3 times for my son who wanted mild butter chicken. Too spicy but it was the same meal they kept bringing back. I tasted it & it was like maple syrup the last time so asked what happened. Added cream the first time & sugar the second time. Sent it back inedible yet tried to charge me for it. I said NO WAY, I am buying BK on the way home. Save yourself the hassle and avoid this place.
It’s always weird if you are the only customers in a restaurant. But I really don’t know why. The waiter was very friendly and attentive, the food was good, and prices were normal. The Roti was just too greasy, which I don’t expect from a Roti – and all meat is from conventional farming but I guess that is the standard. Atmosphere is also standard, so could be nicer.
In A Nuthell ” Money in the Drain”.. Worst then terrible food..
inexperienced & mannersless staff.. Never visit again.. They violate the term and condition of deal voucher terms. When you say I am using discount voucher then the food is made very low quality.. i have to inform Consumer Rights Dept and govt. agencies of this wrong doing..
Been there once before and thats why we’re going again tonight! The owner I forget his name was really nice and the food was outstanding – our frined who took us there explained about some fattening agent that brings out flavours that most indian places add in which is what leaves dishes swimming in oil, – well this place doesn’t use it, they do it ol’ school and the flavours were amazing and no oil at all… must be better for the waistline, and who doesn’t like being served by someone with respect and manners!
Fantastic atmosphere with very friendly and respectable staff (not sure what the other reviewers were talking about), the Prawn Malabari was delicious I would definately recommend this restauarnt to anyone in the area!
We entered the restaurant on Sunday noon and walked to a table which was empty. One of the staff turned up (who was in mid to late 40′s) and said “there are people at this table”. I responded saying, “sorry, there was no one at the table and thought was free”. Though the attitude was rude, I could take it till here.
Next the staff said “you should ask me first”. I was pissed at this point but tried to be calm and said, there was no one at the enterance and he responded saying “I can’t be there all the time”.
Me along with my friends thought it was a little too much of attitude and said between us “let’s leave” to which the staff replied, “yes go”.
Firstly, there was no board saying “Please wait to be seated” (remember Dennys or La Porcheta).
Secondly, there was no sign that the table was taken, not even a sign saying reserved, so a simple explanation that it was taken could have been enough.
Just because the restaurant is full or they’re making money each day doesn’t mean they can act like arrogant people. The staff who spoke with us (probably the owner) never said please or apologised but was constantly rude and arrogant. We did not regret leaving the restaurant as it gave us a chance to try “Jay Jalaram” in Sandringham and it was awesome.
I am never ever going to Saffron again and strongly suggest, if you want to be treated like customers and respected please do not go to Saffron. Wish only if I had a way to lodge a formal complaint against them. Good bye Saffron, you guys suck!!!
i dont understand how this place can get a good review.
its expensive for one – also the curry is substandard, pureed sauce with no texture. not to mention these guys looked like they wanted to save on the curries by putting in less spices. it tasted like they were serving up tinned curry.