The puts Saffron, Mother India and Bombay Grill - all three Indian restaurants in town - just minutes from one another. And, while they each serve Indian food, that's a pretty big umbrella. Mother India is more north India, Saffron is more south, and Bombay is more west Indian cuisine. Of course, as much as we'd like to pretend there are lines drawn to separate each cuisine, they draw influence from lots of other places - family history, neighboring cuisine, etc. - so there's no clean cut differentiation.
Saffron is often the crowd favorite, and a more central location seems to be well-received. First off, the new space is lovely. Bright colors, lovely photos by the Sher Yip and a good bit more seating than their previous location.
Tony, Dave and I went for their opening lunch buffet. It had: onion pakora, channa masala, mutter paneer, ginger spinach, rice, chicken tikka masala, goat curry, tandoori chicken, naan, cumin rice, kheer and a cold salad bar.
Well, I tried the onion pakora (yum!), the mutter paneer (not bad, but had no idea that paneer is like a fried cottage cheese*), and the chicken tikka masala (good, though I might like Mother India's iteration better). There are really only a handful of options, but they're tasty. Oh, and kheer for dessert, as always.
Same great food from Saffron, new and spacious new place. Have you been yet? What do you think?