Recently opened, Saffron Indian Cuisine is a new addition to Pinecrest’s dining scene located next to the famous Anacapri marketplace. Curious about what this new restaurant had in store, a friend and I decided to check it out for a Monday night dinner.
Upon walking in, the first thing that struck me about Saffron was its interior. Both my friend and I had been to this location when it was another restaurant. We were pleased to see it had been renovated with a more modern, yet still intimate, design. We were warmly greeted by Saffron’s waitstaff and quickly seated. Right as we sat down, our waiter provided us with crispy poppadoms with two chutneys—tamarind and mint. We were starving, so we voraciously ate these delightful lentil crisps with their flavorful accompaniments. Our waiter readily served us more as we looked over Saffron’s varied menu.
After Saffron’s owner, Danny, was so kind to make suggestions and patiently answer all of our questions, we were ready to order our fairly long list of items. We had decided upon: Vegetable Samosas, Mulligatawny Soup, Garlic Naan, Murgh Shahi Korma (chicken korma), Chicken Makhani (butter chicken) and eventually, two orders of Gulab Juman for dessert. Every single dish we ordered was nothing short of absolutely delicious! Not only was it delicious, but it was also beautifully prepared and served to in a surprisingly timely manner. We started with the Vegetable Samosas and Mulligatawny Soup, both were very savory and had us looking forward to the main course.
My main dish, the Chicken Makhani, had several layers of flavor ranging from the spiciness of the chili to the slightly sweet hint of what I assume was cinnamon or clove. Every bite revealed a different spice; it was to-die-for! Needless to say, I was very happy I had enough to take home! Of course, I had to try my friend’s Chicken Korma which was prepared with a creamy cashew sauce and was also delectable. Not being very avid eaters of spicy food, we had decided to order our dishes medium spicy. I was glad I had because our entrees definitely had a kick! This didn’t stop us from joyfully dipping pieces of doughy naan into the rich sauces and stuffing our faces, though.
Luckily, we had the presence of mind to save room for dessert, or we would have missed out on what has become one of my favorites—Gulab Jumun. Gulab Jumun is a fried dessert which consists of two cottage cheese balls served in a small bowl of sweet syrup with a hint of rose water. Generally, I am not a fan of fried desserts but Gulab Jumun is unlike any dessert I have tried before. The warm, dense dough is very moist on the inside, absorbing the flavor of the syrup it is served in. It was so good, we ordered a second helping! It was the perfect sweet finish to a spicy and savory meal.
Our experience at Saffron was nothing short spectacular. The friendly and attentive staff provided some of the best service I have experienced yet. This was also thanks to the owner, Danny, who went around to each table ensuring his customers were enjoying their time at his restaurant. Everything about the food, from the flavor, its presentation and generous portion size, was excellent. My friend and I left Saffron as very satisfied, and full, customers. I know both of us will definitely be back for more!
Saffron Indian Cuisine is located at 12663 W. Dixie Hwy. For reservations and information, call 702-706-0134 or visit www.saffronindiancuisinemiami.com.