Many have a certain image of Indian restaurants in Singapore – family style, a little backward, selling mainly prata, briyani and curries. Thus, Zaffron Kitchen (not to be confused with Zaffron at Maxwell Chambers) is a refreshing change from the usual, which my friend calls “Fish & Co Western décor, selling Indian food”.
The colours scheme of orange and grey is bold. There is a designated children’s play corner, and waiters are wearing cleverly crafted aprons that say “Be Naan the Wiser” and “The Devil Eats Prata”. I have to admit that Indian food is not exactly my thing, but I immediately liked this restaurant with a young and colourful vibe.
The trendy style restaurant features a good mix of North, South and local Indian favourites, with goodies such as Chicken Tikka, Naan bread, Tandoor Gobi, Butter Chicken and Tandoori Mixed Grill. Are you salivating yet?
The Dum Chicken Briyani ($11) changed my entire perspective of this dish. Coming looking like cheese-baked rice, the dish is sealed with a thin crisp layer of dough, with a well spiced tender chicken thigh and hard-boiled egg within.
A clever way I must say. The flavours of the spices are locked in, with the rice staying moist and warm. Probably the best local briyani I ever had.
The other sinful dish that deserves your calories is the Butter Chicken, with chicken tikka marinated in a delightful yogurt spice mixture, simmered in a rich tomato, cashew nuts, butter flavoured gravy accented with dry fenugreek. The gravy deserves your lick to the final drop. If you come during lunch, you can have it as a set which includes a drink. Ice limau please.
With a Z added to ‘Saffron’ suggesting a hip and cool factor, this Indian eatery is like no other, and should appeal to the young, executives and families.