Saffron Orlando on Restaurant Row

Saffron Orlando on Restaurant Row

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Saffron is a relatively new Indian restaurant that opened in the “Restaurant Row” district in Orlando along Sand Lake Road. The decor and interior, a decidedly modern feel, is warm and sophisticated with dark wood and bright walls. The prices are very reasonable, ranging from $7.95 and up for lunch combinations. Our server was very accommodating, checking often on how our meal is going and making sure our red glasses are full with water.

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I chose the lamb xacutti lunch special ($9) which came with naan bread, basmati rice, samosa, lentil soup, spices, and gulab jamun, an Indian dessert ball. The items all came in a white tray a la bento lunch box.

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The lamb xacutti is a dish that comes from the Indian coastal state of Goa, known for its beautiful beaches and coconut trees. The xacutti is a savory, rich curry like dish with grated coconut, tender chunks of lamb and notes of blended spices in a creamy sauce. The sauce was light and delicious and went well with the charred tandoori clay oven baked naan bread and basmati rice.

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Lamb Xacutti lunch special 

My dining partner ordered the chicken tikka masala ($8.75), a similarly delicious creamy tomato based curry with chunks of chicken.

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Chicken Tikka Masala lunch special

The gulab jamun dessert is made of a doughy, homemade cheese-based balls dipped in honey syrup and flavored with rose water. It’s a popular Indian dessert dish and served hot here at Saffron.

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Gulab Jamun, Indian dessert ball

The atmosphere is very comfortable and not too stuffy like some other restaurants on restaurant row can be, which I found to be quite enjoyable. One of my new favorite Indian restaurants, I will be sure to return to try some of their other dishes.

Saffron Orlando
(407) 674-8899
7724 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819
http://www.saffronorlando.com/

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Ricky Ly founded TastyChomps.com in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at)gmail.com. Google

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