It gets hot in Mumbai. But when the sun starts to set on a long day, you can hardly beat a sweet, warm gulab jamun from the neighborhood street vendor. The cardamom-flavored balls are made of dried milk, flour, spices
But let’s back up. There’s plenty to experience at Saffron before dessert. The Duck
If you’re a party of four, consider sharing the Peshwari Lamb Chop ($21.95) for an appetizer as well. Four sizable pieces of lamb are grilled to dang-near perfection: enough to cloak the spiced yogurt marinade in a thin crust but not enough to cook all the pink out of the middle. They’re tender and juicy, full of mint, ginger, coriander and garam masala
We were pleasantly surprised by the main course, Nargisi Aloo ($11.95). Two plump potatoes, each stuffed with paneer and spices, were served with a cashew sauce in a squat copper pot; the sauce positively begged for a dunking of garlic naan ($2.95).
The rich and creamy Butter Chicken ($12.95) is one of our favorites and Saffron does it well. It’s a safe bet for the less adventurous. The Bhindi Masala ($11.95), a mixture of roasted okra, caramelized onions, fenugreek seed, pomegranate and green peppers, rounded out the meal.
We happened on Saffron during its first weekend night of service and the meal wasn’t without its share of hiccups. Guests searched for silverware. Plates left the kitchen a little later than the owner (and his mother, who had been enlisted to help in a pinch) would have liked. However, everything was forgiven because the food was so well executed. A server apologized to a nearby table for the time it took to prepare their food. The couple, wowed by and complimentary of the dinner, appeared not to have cared less.
12911 Cantrell Road
The vegetable samosa chaat ($5.95) is a classic vegetarian samosa of spiced potatoes and peas topped with warm, seasoned chickpeas, fresh onions, cilantro and green chutney. This makes a great appetizer for two.
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, weekend brunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.