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Shop 14
34 Parap Road
Parap NT 0820
Tel : +61 8 8981 2383
Cuisine: Indian
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$$$
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For diners after an intimate and elegant dining experience, look no further than the exotic Saffron restaurant, where the flavours of Northern India, Southern India and tandoori will delight you, and belend beautifully with local sustainable ingredients. Try Top End barramundi poached in a blend of coconut, turmeric and ginger followed by the rosewater scented ice-cream.

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Since opening in 2008, Saffrron has beguiled its clientele with spice and flavour. The initialshock of eating off plates made from bamboo & sugarcane has given way to appreciation of an excellence.

It’s heartening to see a restaurant take a leap into unknown territory and make a success of it. Saffrron has instituted an impressive list of environmental practices to reduce its carbon footprint, and is proof that indulgence and earth-awareness needn’t be diametrically opposed. Denial isn’t on the menu here.

Indian colour and sparkle scatter throughout Saffrron’s contemporary space of high ceilings. The menu proliferates with irresistible-sounding dishes spanning both the familiar and the lesser known but absolutely worth-exploring, like the Hariyali kebab entrée – a tender tandoori-baked chicken marinated in spinach, white pepper and yoghurt.

Saffrron offers economical banquets and tasting menus, and super South Indian Sundays with idli (delicate steamed rice cakes), uttappam (thick rice pancakes) and a full range of dosai (crisp curry-filled pancakes). Through this menu, South Indian chef and co-owner Selvam Kandasamy honours spice and cooking secrets taught by his grandmother. Selvam has been listed in Australia’s Top 100 Chefs and has headed high-calibre restaurants like Darwin’s Hanuman.

At Saffrron you’ll find Indian cuisine needn’t be a tongue-burning, sweat-mopping experience, although there’s plenty of chilli for your liking. For milder flavours, try pistachio murg – chicken breast in a nutty sauce touched with rosewater. Butter chicken aficionados will find a particularly fragrant offering here, scattered with freshest coriander in a biodegradable sugarcane bowl which doubles as a take-away container for those unable to finish the generous portion. The snake beans poriyal is made with fresh snake beans from Rapid Creek markets, which as Darwinites know, are fabulous. Saffrron spices those long green beans into a tasty dry curry with red lentils.

The dessert menu is long for an Indian restaurant, so save a space for soothing kulfi ice cream, heavenly carrot halwa, or gulab jamun in saffron syrup for a night finished with sweet spices.

Merridy Anne Pugh
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Loved the food and the decor but hate the paper plates. I can't believe the paper is more environmentally friendly. All spices were well blended and the wait staff was very good. I'd agree with those who say it's the best Indian restaurant in Darwin and better than most in other places too. I just wish they'd get rid of the paper as it takes away from an otherwise great eating  04/05/2013

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Nicest Indian food so far and we tried a few different places within Australia so nice to actually taste and savor the spices without the usual too much sugar or salt as experienced in other restaurants. The service was timely not to fast as with Hanumans and not too slow which made for a pleasant and relaxed evening. For the three of us we had 2 entrees,roti, 2 bowels of rice, 3 beers and a cocktail plus 3 mains which I expected to pay more than the 156 that we paid. So found this to be good value. The roti was hot and flakey not stodgy like some places. They gave my son a bowl of yoghurt and cucumber as he ordered a hot spicy meal which he enjoyed. Saffron on a Sunday night was recommended to me by a work colleaque after a disapointing meal at Hanumans and we will definately go back to Saffron as we have found this to be the best dining experience in Darwin. As for paper plates - well we barely noticed as the food was so good :)review  28/10/2012

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2nd time eating here, first time was great, tonight very dissapointed, chicken was very tough and dry even in the sauce, lamb lorma very chewy, not the normal fall apart meat we have had before. A bit dissappointed that the food came out so quick, the night was over before it began. Couldn't have possibly cooked our three dishes freshly in the very short time it took to come out, so perhaps that is why it was  21/04/2012

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Anniversary Couple:

As previously reviewed, it was very noisy even for a Saturday night. The food was lovely and the decor tasteful. Our first hiccup came from staff, we ordered a house dry white and got the most expensive sweet and fruity wine on the list. As for paper plates, I don't think so. The amount of chlorine and bleach that goes into making pulp white and chemicals to keep the shape far out ways the more eco friendly cermaic plate and some hot water to wash them. For $150 for a dinner for two, including the two $8.50 flat 'Passion Pop' wines, it is hard to see value for money. Might be worth giving them a go for takeaway, (that seemed to be thriving, although pickup is in the middle of the restaraunt). Bottom line - I liked the food and decor but paper plates, inexperienced wine service and over inflated prices made the evening  12/02/2012

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Soul Food Lover:

What a disappointment! The place portrays itself as a fine dining with Eco-friendly and experienced chef. I rate the food as ordinary and infact to some extent below standard to what is expected of authentic Indian fine cuisine. The fravy or so called Curry was reused for 3 different dishes ordered with slight variation. Very similar to what you would get at a commercial Indian restaurant. Mutter Paneer had excessive lemon and the fetta Cheese had melted in the curry. The meat in the butter chicken was chared from the outside, quite contrary to the authentic style of cooking a butter chicken. Butter Naan was COOL instead of being served warm. Rice was sparingly less for even a single serve and the Eco Friendly plates were nearly falling apart by the end of the meal. Place is well decorated, but can be noisy on Friday's and Saturdays. The service though was very polite and courteous. Probably worth a visit once, but not the second time. 3 course Dinner of 2 costed $143 (No alcohol included). I prefer the Fusion Indo-Indian restaurant 'Garam Masala' in the city to  05/02/2012

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I. Pullit:

Fantastic menu to choose from. Good service but can be a little slow. Great decor and relaxing environment. Extremely clean. Quality of food is superb. Price is reasonable. The lemon and lime sarbat drink is a must try. Overall, great venue and  11/11/2011

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