After hearing many raves about Zaffron Kitchen, my dining partner and I made an impromptu decision to try it out. We are not experienced in having Indian food at all, and we hardly choose Indian cuisine for our meals somehow.
My perception somewhat changed when I tried Vansh a couple of months back, for the better.
Butter Chicken – $16.00++
Chicken Tikka marinated in a delightful yogurt and spice mixture, and simmered in a rich tomato, cashew nuts, butter, flavoured gravy accented with dry fenugreek
This was my first choice of dish, the much raved butter chicken! Indeed this didn’t disappoint me at all. The chicken inside is something like tandoori chicken, and has no bones. The curry itself wasn’t too heavy on spices, and was somewhat sweet. The overall taste was very palatable and I could see why this was a popular choice, as this would be a safe choice that can be well received by many.
Chicken Chettinad – $14.50++
Spicy and fiery, this scrumptious chicken curry is made from carefully blended spices for an aromatic and flavourful experience
This one has tonnes of black pepper and is more heavy on spices (but not too much on the strong indian spices, more of the spicy hot kind of spice). It was very fragrant. However, the chicken used in this wasn’t the flavoured sort, and it had bones. The chicken was somewhat bland.
Skewers of succulent chicken, marinated with spices and yogurt, and baked to juicy goodness in our traditional Tandoor oven. It’s served with fresh seasonal greens too
As much as this was very flavourful from the flavouring and the charcoal, if I had to compare it with the chicken from Vansh, this isn’t tender enough. However, flavour wise, they nailed it. It went well with the mint dip.
This can be dipped into the curries. When served piping hot and slightly crispy on the surface, it kind of felt like pancake. However, I think I’ll just stick to naan next time.
Their version of naan is on the crispy side, which is good, and they were very generous with the garlic. This naan was really good, I wish I had more of this! This is worth wasting calories on! It went so well with both the curries.
We also had Mango Lassi ($6.00++) which was really light, instead of the thick smoothie version I had at Vansh. It was very refreshing, but the portion was kind of small.
Overall, I really liked the food here. The modern setting also helped made me feel at ease with this rather unfamiliar (to me and my dining partner) cuisine, like how the menu was all written in English. Non Indians would definitely feel welcomed here. I foresee being back soon to try their lunch specials!
Overall: it wouldn’t hurt to try something different once in a while and when you decide to do just that, do consider this place!
135/137 East Coast Road
Mon–Thu: 11.30am – 10pm
Fri–Sun, PH Eve & PH: 11.30am – 10.30pm