Restaurant Review: Saffron Spice by Sanjay Choudhari

“Saffron Spice” restaurant is marked by excellent location, spacious sitting, relaxed ambience and tasty food preparation. It is among the good food joints that I have tried in the neighborhood i.e. China Valley, Rhodas, Yoko and Subway.

The restaurant is located on the first floor of Sentinel building, Adi shankaracharya marg, (at the T junction on the entrance of Hiranandani Gardens Complex) and provides patrons the choice of cuisines and fine dining. The restaurant is complimented by the “Olive Lounge” which has good range of liquor and beverages and plays popular music though bit loud. The dining area has enough sitting capacity but it is advisable to call in advance for reservation on weekends.

The ambience is soothing with decoration of Indian handicraft items. The seats are comfortable and can handle guest from two to ten or more in a group. The drink menu is extensive plus place has decent choice of items on food menu. The preparations are well priced and patrons will not feel over-charged for the gastronomic pleasure (e.g. Rs. 155/- for paneer qasoori tikka and Rs. 175/- for dhingri palak).

Having tried western, Chinese, frontier and Japanese food in the neighborhood I decided to stick to Indian food for the evening. I started the meal with tandoor tikka and hawain punch entrée followed by Chinese soup and Punjabi main course. The dessert was chocolate dipped vanilla ice-cream cube. The preparations were tasty and well made. Special mention goes to missi roti and Kashmiri Nan. .

Among shortcomings are the bright lights in the dining hall, ground floor entrance with scope of improvement for interiors and the service staff that need to brush up their etiquettes and handling of patrons though the restaurant manager make up for them.

So next time you in Powai for business or leisure, this is a good place to drop in for hunger and senses satisfaction