Zaffron Kitchen Review

Never have I thought that there would be a time when my family and I can’t decide on where to eat while we are in the Joo Chiat area, near I12 Katong. Yeah I know, there is a lot of food there, but I guess, choosing somewhere new to eat is a decision we can hardly settle on. But we love Indian food, so we decided to try this ‘hipster’ Indian restaurant called Zaffron Kitchen.

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Now, for those of you who think this is a typical Indian Restaurant, you are wrong… A bar next to the kitchen, first time I have seen that in an Indian Restaurant. But, nevertheless, I ‘have faith’ in them, so many awards stuck to the glass panel at the entrance, seriously??? Anyway, you key in your order on a Ipad with a wooden cover… I don’t know, don’t ask me why is that so, and the food did take quite a while to arrive.

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Also, the kitchen is an open concept style, and I distinctly remember the beep of a microwave oven… Not very professional…

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Now, on to the food! This is the Garlic Naan ($5.00), a staple of any Indian meal with Curry. It was definitely lacking in Garlic flavour, and it could have been more crispy, doughy would be a good word to describe it.

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This is the Briyani ($5.50). The way they serve their rice was unlike other Indian Restaurants I have been to. Normally, they would come around with a bucket of Briyani and would scoop out some on your plate. Here, they just serve it in individual portions, a little stingy I must say. Anyway, the Briyani was tasty, but it was slightly overcooked, mushy and lacking in aroma.

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This is the Pilaf Rice ($5.50). I didn’t really care of this… It had little pineapple-flavoured Nata De Coco cubes, which gave the rice a dessert-like taste.

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This is the Chicken Tikka ($14.50). Cooked in their Tandoori Oven, it was tender, but not juicy… It also had an odd, pasty Spice coating which I didn’t care for. Ohhh, and you can specify which spice level you want for your dish, we went for normal… And trust me, it was spicy enough!

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This is the Fish Tikka ($14.50). It had the same flavour as the Chicken, but I definitely question the quality of fish they use, it was mushy and tasted like frozen fish.

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This is the Palak Paneer ($14.50). This is a dish I really enjoy, a smooth Spinach Curry with a Indian Cottage Cheese, a nice non-spicy curry… But, their version wasn’t as smooth as I would have expected, the cheese was also quite tasteless…

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This is their Goan Fish Curry ($18.00), normal level spiciness. I guess this is their alternative to Fish Head Curry, something I judge Indian Restaurants very strongly on… And I have to say, their Fish Curry was a disappointment. It was quite thick and tasteless, and their fish tasted like the Fish Tikka, questionable and most probably frozen…

I also tried their Okra Masala ($13.00), normal level spiciness. This is one of the dishes I enjoyed a little more, the Masala was at the right level of spiciness, and the Okra is something I quite like, but it had a slight bitter taste, pointing it to be a little overcooked.

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Finally, something to cure spice burn, a Sweet Lassi ($5.50). Lassi is, essentially, a Indian Yoghurt Drink, and for its name, Sweet Lassi, it was quite sour, the drink wasn’t mixed properly I must say… Stir it properly!!!!

In conclusion, yea, as you can probably tell, I didn’t really care for their food, expensive and slightly pretentious. I wouldn’t say this is exactly, representative of Indian food, no… I would leave that to Gayatri and Banana Leaf in Little India to continue battling it out!!!

Overall Rating:6/10

Restaurant Info:
Zaffron Kitchen
135/137 East Coast Road
S428820

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