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Zaffron Kitchen is a relatively new inclusion in the East Coast/Joo Chiat dining scene. The Indian restaurant aims to "serve up everything Indian, made with only the freshest ingredients and the purest spices".
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This is how you'll get fat
One of my favourite places for good Indian food, Zaffron Kitchen along Upper East Coast Road is a must try if you love butter chicken.
No, you won't find prata, but you'll find fresh naan in a variety of flavours, the best would be the garlic naan, and other curries and tandoori dishes. The restaurant has such a calming atmosphere, red brick walls, ipads for menus, and peranakan-tiled floors keep patrons happy while they wait for their food. In one corner, a little play house with toys and a padded floor entertains kids.
The menu itself is extensive, vegetarian gets its own section, then you have starters, mains, curries etc. To get straight to the point, the set lunches here are really worth it. You spend roughly about $13.50 per set lunch for a curry, some naan/rice a drink and a few other small side dishes. The mild, creamy butter chicken is worth the potential heart attack. Smothered in butter, cream and spices, it is a burst of flavour with every bite, softened by the naan. The tandoori chicken is not to be sniffed at either. The smoky flavour completes all the curries.
Good decor coupled with a satisfying meal!
I went down to Zaffron Kitchen during the lunch hour, and the first thing that struck me was the exterior and interior design of the place. It's hard to tell that place serves up authentic Indian cuisine just by looking at the place, with the place's wooden and rustic look. Even more pleasantly surprising was the play area allocated for kids in the corner of the restaurant.
Upon entering, the staff were very polite and welcomed us in with smiles and greetings. Even as we passed by the open concept kitchen, the staff greeted us from within! I've seen other reviews about the staff having a less-than-friendly attitude, which I think depends on the number of customers they had at that period. When I entered, there was only 2 tables occupied, but not long after it was full house. I could see the staff trying hard to serve everyone, but I guess that compromised the friendliness of the staff. They appeared to be shorthanded as well when the restaurant was full occupied, and that was when tables were not cleared fast enough and customers were just left waiting.
The eatery utilises iPads as menu and for ordering purposes, and with that I ordered 1 butter chicken naan set and 1 mutton rogan josh naan set effortlessly. The food took quite some time to arrive after 20+ minutes, and the quality was what I expected for the price I paid. I had better butter chicken and plain naans elsewhere, but it was not a totally let down as it had the spice and kick I often look for in Indian cuisine. Portion wise, the lunch set comes with rice, naan and the 2 sauces and will be able to fill someone with a normal appetite.
Since it is relatively accessible as it is just diagonally across I12 Katong, and beside Awfully Chocolate, it will be someone I will return when I am in the area again. But if not, making a trip down here specially for the food and service may not be to your expectations.
Great ambience, needs improvement for the rest
I was walking down East Coast Road with some family looking for a place to eat when we chanced upon Zaffron Kitchen. The place immediately looked good, perhaps because of the black decor and the glass-windowed kitchen, so you could see the cooks preparing naan for the evening.
Once we swung open the glass door, I was impressed by the general ambience. There was a mix of furniture - you could choose to sit on high stools near the counter, or choose between rectangular or circular regular tables. There is a children's play area at the back, for kids with short attention spans!
Service started out fine - they didn't bother us till we looked like we were ready to order. But then I noticed that another table had trouble getting another waiter's attention - because he was standing by the counter paying no attention to the customers. Later, a different waiter approached us with a lassi that wasn't ours. Small things, but I guess they count.
The food was not superb. I was rather disappointed by the butter chicken, which tasted different from all other butter chickens I've had. It had a stronger herb or spice content, I think. Similarly, my mango lassi tasted funny. It was not smooth and tasted more like a mixture of mango juice and lassi than a mango-flavoured lassi. The tandoori veggies were a bit weird; could be a question of acquired taste. No one finished the tandoori cottage cheese.
Everything else - our naan, tandoori chicken, and masala fish - were alright. If you're not picky about food and are looking for Indian cuisine in a pleasant setting, Zaffron is perfect.