Bay Area Eats: Saffron Indian Bistro
Saffron Indian Bistro redesigned their menu to reflect the fresh California ingredients they use, and I was super happy when they invited me to try it out! My friend wasn't able to make it...so I had to go alone. Please imagine me at a small corner table with plate after plate of food coming out and the table running out of space...I'm pretty sure everyone who walked by was like "WTF?"
I enjoyed everything I got to try, and, if you like spicy, DEFINITELY try their version of General Tsao's cauliflower bites and the Masala Chicken wings. Check out the feast I had and my recommendations below!
The Dahi Aloo Poori are airy little puffs stuffed with potatoes and chickpeas, and they're covered in chutneys and homemade yogurts. They're pretty flavorful and they don't feel really heavy so you can probably eat a serving of three by yourself. Eat these while they're fresh or they get all soggy from the fillings AND the toppings!
I laughed when I saw they had a General Tsao's ripoff on the menu, but I was pleasantly surprised! Instead of using chicken, they fry up cauliflower bites and toss them in a spicy sauce. They're pretty spicy for me so probably normal spicy for anyone else!
I liked both desserts, but the Elaichi Kheer was a little better just because I had eaten all of this hot/spicy food! This is a creamy rice dessert flavored with cardamom, and there's pistachio sprinkled on top. It was kind of like a rice pudding?
Overall, the food at Saffron was pretty solid! I think the meal I had was pretty much from their dinner menu, but they have a lunch buffet that I got a look at and seemed pretty delicious too. Check them out!