I went to Saffron last night with my family. I was a bit nervous because the reports from chowhounds mentioned slow service, and we had a play to go to afterwards.
First, the food: It was astounding. I love Indian food, but after a while it lacks variety and subtlety. We started with vegetable purses with spiced tomato sauce and baby spinach. A bit of a misnomer, as they were like long, delicate, ungreasy eggrolls cut on the bias. But no matter, a delicious arrangement of cooked veggies, crunchy cucumber, sweet papaya, cardamom and cinnamon (I think)scented tomato sauce, and tender raw spinach leaves.
Then came Nan stuffed with caramelized onion, potato and... banana! With it was a dip that looked like an artist's palate: swirls of tamarind, cilantro and mint, and red pepper sauces. The whole thing worked.
The blackberry intermezzo sorbet was a little too mild, but nice. On to the entree:
Two of us ordered chicken breast with fig, black grape and a ginger coconut milk sauce. Very creamy, almost silky, it took you all over Asia, and was served on the nutty black rice I've only had in Thai restaurants.
The third order was Duck Korma: a light pink duck breast under a sauce that must have been made from freshly ground spices. The mango pieces scattered around the outside of the plate were a great complement to the sauce.
So that's it: a great meal, for $85 for three people, graciously served, in just over an hour. I can't wait to go back.
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