If you’re looking to expand your palate, we’ve got a hidden gem in Far West to introduce you to. Saffron features an Indian fusion menu and is the first in Austin to offer dishes from Nepal. Amazingly, this exotic fare is made in-house completely from scratch and with as many locally sourced ingredients as possible.
Saffron’s interior is elegant but casual.
If you’re not a connoisseur of Indian cuisine, you may be a bit perplexed by the menu. Luckily the wait staff are more than happy to explain dishes to you and make recommendations. The appetizers section makes for a great introduction with approachable dishes like Bombay Brussels, which features the popular veggie tossed in a creamy mustard sauce, or Stuffed Jalapeños, where the peppers are filled with spicy potatoes, battered, and deep fried. For the initiated, try the popular Chicken Lollipop (frenched drumlettes marinated in soy and herbs) or Samosa Chaat. If you’re ready to dive in, there are also Nepalese starters like Chicken Choila (char broiled chicken cubes tossed in spices).
You can’t start your meal without an order of Bombay Brussels.
The menu features a section of Tandoori Treasures, which are cooked in a traditional clay oven. Breads are cooked on the inner walls while meats and vegetables are skewered in the center. If you’d like to get a sampling, definitely try the Saffron Mixed Grill which offers a combination of the best the chef has to offer. For our meal, we chose the Saffron Goat Curry off the Entrees section. Delicious and spicy, the goat is served bone-in and cooked with ginger, garlic, and aromatic spices. We also added an order of the delicious Rosemary Cheese Naan at the suggestion of our waiter. You’ll also find popular dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala and Classic Chicken Curry, as well as a variety of vegetarian options.
We tried the Goat Curry with an order of Rosemary Cheese Naan.
The highlight of your adventure should be the Nepalese section of the menu. Many Nepalese dishes are inspired by the cuisine of the region’s neighbors, and Saffron accordingly offers fusions like chow mein alongside their momo (Nepalese dumplings) and sekuwa (meat roasted in a natural wood fire).
Saffron is currently awaiting their TABC licensing and welcomes you to bring your own beverages with no corkage fee added. Take your tastebuds on an adventure to Nepal this weekend at Saffron!
Review By: Local Sugar