Sydney, New South Wales

Zaaffran's million-dollar renovation is finally complete. The vibe is now even more relaxed and comfortable. From the new sweeping entrance, to the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water, the refurbishment takes full advantage of Darling Harbour's natural beauty. 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.
Opening Times
Level 2, 10 Darling Drive
Darling Harbour
Tel: +61 2 9211 8900
Halal, Indian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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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.
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
This restaurant has not scheduled any events.
250 pax
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.
Accessible by water taxi
Function for 100-300
Function for 50-100
Harbourside Dining
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
Suitable for Product launches
Suitable for Weddings
Waterfront Dining
This restaurant does not have any awards.
Level 2, 10 Darling Drive
Darling Harbour NSW 2000
At Harbourside, Darling Harbour, 5 minutes from the CBD.
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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