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Zaaffran

Address
Address:
Level 2, 345 Harbourside Shopping Centre
Harbourside
Darling Harbour NSW 2000
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 2 9211 8900
Fax : +61 2 9211 8995
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Cuisine
Chef
Chef: Vikrant Kapoor
Chef
Price Range: $$$$
BYO
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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Inspired by a country where recipes are considered priceless inheritances, Zaaffran restaurant in Darling Harbour defines Indian food as labour-intensive culinary art. The essence of this ancient cuisine is freshness and innovation. Here, authenticity meets modernism. Intensity and depth of flavour are achieved the traditional way- by cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients.

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LOCATION
At Harbourside, Darling Harbour, 5 minutes from the CBD.

DETAILS
Zaaffran was founded in 1998 by two brothers from Bombay who decided that it was high time that Sydney had an authentic Indian restaurant. Their dream was to serve home-style cooking - the kind Indian mums would make.

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Alike the countless number of languages that are spoken between the 1.2 billion people of India, the country holds infinite unique recipes which are as diverse as the spices of the Earth. In India, the mother of each family traditionally composes her own dishes and passes them down like heirlooms of the family.

Unlike stereotypical Indian restaurants, Zaaffran honours the many cooking techniques and spice combinations that makes the cuisine so unique. It does not seek to tame recipes to cater to the underestimations of the Western palate but rather, illustrate that there is more to Indian than chilli. The complexities of India’s population can be seen throughout the menu as it moves from spiced barbecued items that combine crispy and succulent textures, to fragrant curries and vegetarian or seafood creations that hold light and simple flavours.

Sitting on the veranda where after-work dinner parties and family gatherings share naan bread and sweet wine, we watch the scattered colours of the city lights dance across the water in a manner that could almost be inspired by Bollywood extravagance. The glass frontage seamlessly invites these whimsical reflections of light into the restaurant, complemented by the interior of elegant creams and warm browns. The wait staff are as knowledgeable about the dishes as the chefs themselves and we gladly take the personal recommendations of our waiter.

We are served with lamb cutlets that have been tandoor smoked in a mixture of coriander, fennel and star anise with accents of green chilli and tamarind. Pan-roasted ribs grace our table glistening with a honey glaze and characterised by ginger, cardamom, yoghurt and a touch of chilli. Airy naan bread is stuffed with mushrooms and truffle butter and begs for second servings despite such generous portions. Seafood curry holds plump tiger prawns, scallops, calamari and fish in a coconut-turmeric broth infused with lemon and finishing with notes of ginger and chilli. Mint, coriander, ginger and green chilli lace the the glazed mince lamb skewers, its garam masala spice balanced by the accompanying mint yoghurt.

With such dedicated preparation behind the harmonising flavours of every dish, each creation at Zaaffran could be an heirloom itself.

Edwina Storie

FUNCTIONS
The restaurant can accommodate over 200 guests for an exclusive booking, as well as a private function area for up to 20 diners with full-privacy and 30 diners with semi-privacy. Zaaffran offers an ideal setting for business lunches or dinners, birthday parties, hens nights, anniversaries, corporate meetings, friendly get-togethers and weddings.

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entrees

CRISP POTATO AND CORN MINI PATTIES LACED WITH YOGHURT, DATE-TAMARIND AND MINT TOPPINGS: ALOO MAKKAI TIKKI CHAAT | $11.30

ING PRAWN TANDOOR GLAZED WITH GINGER, GREEN CHILLI, CORIANDER, CARDAMON, MACE AND CREAMED CHEESE: MALAI TEY CHANDANI JHEENGAY | $16.50

LAMB RIBS – BRAISED & PAN-ROASTED WITH SAFFRON, YOGHURT, CARDAMOM, HONEY,PEPPER, GINGER & RED CHILLI: LAZZIZ ZAAFFRANI PASLIYAAN | $15.00

YEARLING BEEF RIBS – BRAISED AND ROASTED WITH YOGHURT, GARLIC, CHILLI & ‘GARAM MASALA’: PASLIYAAN MAJNOON | $15.00


mains

SALMON – OVEN ROASTED WITH YOGHURT, GINGER, GARLIC, RED CHILLI, LEMON JUICE AND GARAM MASALA; SPICY ONION-TOMATO AND PRAWN TOPPING; DILL MUSTARD MASH; LEMON-TURMERIC REDUCTION; MINT CHUTNEY:MACCHLI CHARMINAR | $29.80

CHICKEN TENDERLOINS STIRFRIED IN A TOMATO, ONION, CASHEW, GARLIC & CURRY LEAF MASALA WITH QASOORI METHI: NIZAMI KARAHI MURGH | $28.50

BIRYANI: RICE AND CHICKEN WITH ‘GARAM MASALA’, MINT AND SAFFRON COMBINED UNDER FLAKY PASTRY; SERVED WITH RAITA ZAAFFRAN KHOORUS BIRYANI | $29.80

PAN-ROASTED SPATCHCOCK WITH YOGHURT, GINGER, MINT, GREEN CHILLI, PUREED ALMONDS; SALAD: CHOOZA ASAFIA


desserts

STICKY DATE PUDDING SERVED WITH VANI CREAM AND CARAMEL SAUCE : STICKY DATE PUDDING | $9.90

SWISS DARK CHOCOLATE CREMES; CRÈME FRAICHE:DECADENT CHOCOLATE POTS: | $11.90

CRÈME BRULEÉ FLAVOURED WITH ROSE AND CARDAMOM GULAB AUR ELAICHI KA PIYUSHI | $9.90

KULFI WITH A TWIST, FLAVOURED WITH ROSE PETALS AND GREEN CARDAMOM: GULAB AUR ELAICHI KULFI | $7.90

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winelist

white wine selection

AJA SAVIGNON BLANC-SEMILLON-VERDELHO 2008 (POLKOBIN NSW)

CAPE CAMPBELL PINOT GRIS 2009 (MARLBOROUGH NZ)

FERMOY ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2008 (MARGARET RIVER WA)

WOODSIDE ESTATE LE BAS CHARDONNAY 2009 (MARGARET RIVER WA)

red wine selection

DRUMSARA PINOT NOIR 2005 (CENTRAL OTAGO NZ)

KALLESKE CLARRY’S GRENACHE-SHIRAZ 2008, BASKET-PRESSED & CERTIFIED ORGANIC (BAROSSA VALLEY SA)

CURLEWIS RESERVE PINOT NOIR 2007 (GEELONG VIC)

HAAN ‘WILHELMUS’ 2006 (CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MERLOT, CABERNET FRANC, MALBEC, PETIT VERDOT) (BAROSSA VALLEY SA)

sparkling wine selection

BLICKLING ESTATE `METHODE CHAMPENOISE’ 2007 (NEW ENGLAND TABLELANDS NSW)

MOET & CHANDON BRUT IMPÉRIAL N/V (CHAMPAGNE FRANCE)

The above is just a selection of our extensive wine list. If you would like a copy of our complete wine list, please email us at zaaffran@bigpond.com to request one.



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Zaaffran - User Reviews

vanya:

Sumptuous Indian food with superb ambience... It reminded me of dining at one of the finest places in India!!review  12/09/2011

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All Year Round Specials/Events
For something really different, try Zaaffran's new BBQ banquet includes dips, assorted Naansand, mouthwatering treats — Chicken Tenderloins, Chicken Kebabs, Stuffed Mushrooms, Lamb Seekh Kebabs — Lunch $34.90 - Dinner $43.90



Restaurant Features
Accessible by water taxi
Function for 100-300
Function for 50-100
Harbourside Dining
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Area
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
Suitable for Product launches
Suitable for Weddings
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