Tucked safely in a corner on the second floor of Yaya centre, it’s safe to say that Saffron is a hidden jewel. Amidst the many surrounding food places that make up the mall’s food court, Saffron, standing tall from the rest, is a refreshing change and definitely a place you can get some authentic Indian delicacies.
One forewarning however is that the restaurant itself is a bit tricky to find as it’s situated in the same premise with a Chinese restaurant. To avoid wearing the same embarrassing look I had when I circled the area looking for the restaurant, it will be wise to ask the waiters on stand by who are more than willing to help. Or better yet use your nose to follow the enticing aromas emanating from the kitchens. It will save time, and it will also be smart.
As I am helpfully shown to the back, which happens to be Saffron’s side of the restaurant, I can’t help notice how quiet and peaceful the place is- perfect for any lunchtime catch-up. Shaira Juttla, Saffron’s proprietor, quickly emerges from the adjacent office to say her warm welcomes. She explains that they have been serving the public for 6 years and during that time seen an encouraging number of people through their doors. They have recently moved premise, albeit from the same area, and hope that it will be a better opportunity for more people to experience what they have to offer. With that said, Shaira politely retreats, leaving us to peruse through the menu and make our picks.
Interestingly, derived form the restaurant’s name, Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. It’s derived from the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus that can only be picked by hand and it takes 250,000 stigmas to make just half a kilo of saffron, hence its high price. Fortunately, the prices in the menu did not reflect that and I am happy to say that it is quite an affordable place to have a decent meal. An average price of 900Kshs is all you have to spend.
Saffron’s selections are mainly a collection of North Indian oriented kind of cuisines and this means vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike can enjoy the menu. For starters, try the papadum rolls stuffed with paneer, potatoes, and spices and then deep-fried. Or even the chilli garlic mushrooms, a collection of fresh mushrooms stir-fried in a mouth-watering chilly garlic sauce. For mains, have a go at their Malai Kofta, or Palak paneer, cubes of paneer cooked in a creamy spinach sauce. Their chicken dishes are also quite delicious and a nice place to quench any meaty addiction. Out of the expense of sounding like a menu, it will be good to head to Saffron yourself and sample their wide array of dishes.
For online bookings please log onto www.eatout.co.ke/Saffron