Location : Leyton, East London
Cuisine : Indian
Cost : ££
Style : Smart Casual
Rating : 8/10
My parents ordered the Classic Mixed Grill with Pilao Rice, as they always seem to go for a platter type dish – smart though when you get to try various dishes as one. I ordered the Tiger Prawn Tower and my sister ordered the Chicken 65 Chow Mein. Then we ordered Masala Chips and Peshwari Naan for the table.
I tried some of the mixed grill and rice, the meat was lovely and tender but if I’m being honest, I’ve had better pilao rice. My parents loved it though. The chicken chow mein seemed like an odd placement on the menu, but the way the chicken on top was marinated, it fit well. My sister enjoyed it, but I doubt I would’ve ordered it for myself.
My Tiger Prawn Tower beat my expectations just because of the size of the prawns! The Bengal Malai sauce had a nice coconut taste but I wasn’t a fan of the coconut rice that was paired with it. I do prefer to eat curries or dishes with similar sauces with “plain” rice but there was something about this that I didn’t like.
The most surprising thing about Saffron Kitchen was the dishes we ordered for the table. I don’t normally order “Western” food like chips with this cuisine, but after seeing the amount of posts of it on the restaurant’s insta location tag and a recommendation from my sister, who’s been here before, we decided to try it. I don’t think I’ve ever been so amazed, I LOVE MASALA CHIPS! Why doesn’t every Indian restaurant serve masala chips? I love them and I need them all the time.Imagine the perfect chip covered in a spicy masala sauce; if you think chips taste great on their own, you are wrong.
My sister also recommended the Peshwari Naan, which was life-changing. When I go to Indian restaurants, I always order garlic naan but after eating the Peshwari Naan, I realised I’ve been living a lie for 23 years.
If you haven’t been to Saffron Kitchen yet, stop what you’re doing, go and don’t forget to add Masala Chips to your order. All I know is I will be the first in the queue if Saffron Kitchen ever open a streetfood stall/foodtruck that only serves these amazing chips.