I brought the project team out for a Christmas lunch just before Christmas. The choice of the lunch places is somewhat limited as I have now a few contractors from India who wanted vegetarian dish. Moreover, I was told that they had been going to the Curry Express stall at the Metrotown Food Court for their daily fix of curry. So, I know they will then enjoy Saffron.
Saffron is located on 4300 Kingsway which is just walking distance away from the office. With all the snow still falling, no one was in the mood of driving anyway. Despite the fancy name (Saffron Indian Cuisine), it is just a buffet place.
The place is almost always crowded at lunch time. When I called for a reservation, I was told that they will take the reservation if it is for 11:45 AM. If we do not show up at noon, they’ll give up the table … and … no, they don’t take reservation after noon.
The above is their buffet spread. It might not seem like a lot but the choices are sufficient really. The buffet is $11.95 per head for lunch.
All the normal suspect are there … curry of all sorts, vegetarian and “meatatarian”, which I can hardly start naming. The Butter Chicken is there and it’s all that matters. They also bring fresh warm naan frequently.
To me, the curries were great … simply the best. But to the folks from Indian, they quickly detected that it is not to their expectation. They said that the curries were deliberately made creamier than it is traditionally made to please the local Canadian palate. I can’t recall exactly but I think they said they added whipped cream. Regardless, it tasted great to me!
You guys help me here … what is this white dessert. It is sweet and had something like sago or rice.
… and this one too? I like their dessert. They are both really rich.
We ended up with Chai Tea (extra $1.95). Actually is should be called just Chai instead but here it sounded cool calling it Chai Tea. Don’t order this as they obviously were not used to making this. We can tell because almost all of us had different shape and size of cups.
In all, the main thing is that it is cheap and definitely value for money. The Indians told me they are not authentic but to me as long as it is great, that is enough for me. Go hungry … go really hungry.