Our meal at Saffron unfortunately didn't meet our high expectations, however, in retrospect, we shouldn't have rushed to dinner here, as they have had their doors open for barely a week. Restaurants need at least a month to get service running smoothly and fine tune recipes.
Papadums were crunchy and flavorful. Dal, which we ordered as an appetizer was unusual in that there were very few lentils and the addition of red kidney beans. It was very saucy. The taste was ok but they need to lose the beans and add more lentils. Naan bread was excellent.
Tandoori chicken was a bit overcooked and dry and lacked much flavor. Lamb vindaloo was oversalted, which is an easy correction to make. Otherwise the flavor was good. They warned us it's the hottest dish on the menu, and they were right. Palak paneer and Bengan Bearta (roasted eggplant), were both excellent.
All in all the meal was uneven but I would give Saffron another chance, after they have some legs on them. There were many other items to sample which may have been quite tasty. I could definitely see the potential here, unlike a horrid Indian place on Bonita Beach Rd. that will go unamed. Hopefully, someone from the restaurant sees this and can learn from it.
It was certainly nice to meet fellow posters for the first time and l look forward to future Chowdowns. Other regulars on the board, and you know who you are, should consider attending the next event. The food may not be great, but the company will be!