THERE tends to be an assumption takeaway restaurants aren’t up to the standard of restaurants which offer a sit-down service.
Maybe it’s down to the fact takeaways are by their very nature small, unobtrusive outlets that don’t have glitzy signs above the door and charge a lot less for their food.
Whatever the case, Saffron is a place that creates the kind of food that’s enough to dispel such a notion once and for all.
Fresh popadoms and flavoursome dips whetted the appetite perfectly for a selection of shared starters that certainly impressed.
Butterfly king prawn (£3.50) was an unusual one, in that it looked like a prawn that had been put through a mangle before being turned into a kind of fritter. Zingy and tender chicken tikka (£2.50) was a highlight but meat samosa (£1.90) and shami kebab (£2.20) were excellent too.
We ordered a selection of main courses to share too and all proved good. Balti chicken Madras (£4.50) was nice and fiery while lamb rogan josh (£4.60) was a good version of an Indian restaurant staple.
Tops for me was a tandoori king prawn khorai (£9.50) which was as good as one might find at any restaurant.
The only slight disappointment was one of the specials ordered - tandoori king prawn delight (£9.50). It was a little on the mild and creamy side for our liking, a description on the menu that hinted at its mildness would probably have led to it being avoided. A mild chicken curry (£4.50) for youngsters who don’t like things too spicy was spot on and managed to retain a degree of flavour.
Saffron made up a chilli and onion nan, which wasn’t on the menu, and the meal was completed by boiled and pilau rice and peshwari nan.
Overall it was a top quality meal that offered fantastic value for money. Would I go back? Definitely.
To order call 0121 711 7550/7551.