Rhea Dhanbhoora tells you why the latest branch of Zaffran in Malad is a foodies haven and how it differs from its previous branches
There are two types of people in the city — those who know Zaffran and will swear by the food, and those who don’t know about the restaurant. If you know but don’t love Zaffran, you’ve probably never really sampled their fare. The restaurant, which started at Crawford Market, has always been a gastronomes delight with its sinful, rich food. Coupled with a relaxing atmosphere, it’s a much coveted food joint and die hard followers (of which I am one) can stop whining about the empty space in their tummy’s that was formed when the branch at Oshiwara shut down. They can now satiate their cravings for the melt-in-the-mouth biryani and succulent Raan Masala in the suburbs at Infinity Mall in Malad.
Don’t expect the speckled pink walls, low lounge chairs or shades of cream that are synonymous with the restaurant or you may be as shocked as I was. Zaffran’s seen a change of décor... and how!
With a new logo, which is embellished on the cutlery and tableware, the new branch has high ceilings, sweeping arches and bubbling water flowing behind the tables. But, unlike what you’d expect of a restaurant with this description, it’s still the humble eatery with no airs and is still all about a heady food experience.
As part of their new change, get ready for a stripped down, massive menu to be placed in your hands. A few favourites are missing, such as the Lamb Barley Meatball Shorba, but the new delectable Pink Salmon Tikkas (`800) are a welcome indulgence. Another new addition coming soon to the previously dry restaurant is a liquor license. However, mocktails are already being served so be sure to try the Kala Khatta Margarita (`125).
Vegetarians are going to be thrilled with the new vegetarian version of the popular Galouti Kabab (`250). The flavours are strong but not overpowering and it melted in the mouth (and broke off the fork, just like it’s supposed to). The Achari Paneer (`250) was not disappointing either and we recommend the Daal Kholapuri (`175) too.
Other things you can’t miss out on include cheese filled Lucknowi Seekh Kebabs (`400), the soft as butter Nihari Ghost and the flavourful Gosht Biryani (`375). The Warm Aloo Tuk Chaat (`225) is also great!
Indian desserts at Zaffran are a treat with the signature saffron hints in the Channa Payesh (`95) something you can’t miss out on. And if you’re not in the mood for Indian sweets, indulge in their heavenly cakes for a good dose of chocolate. The service is up to Zaffran standards and even though it’s new, they’ve been successfully catering to a packed house for lunch and dinner. If you’re looking for a rich, satisfying meal, whether with friends, family or just a romantic date, Zaffran is the right place to go — any time of day.
Where Ground Floor, Infinity Mall, Malad Contact 64502828 /64502929 Alcohol Coming Soon Meal for two Approximately `1,000