Being a 'Preferred Member' of The Park, I usually visit their continental 24-hour coffee shop 'The Breeze'. Only once did we visit 'Saffron' for an informal get-together of few special family friends in 2011, soon after the historic win of TMC in WB Assembly Polls, ending the Red regime of more than three decades. In March 2014 I decided to take my family out for a Sunday lunch at 'Saffron'. All these days I had been informed by 'The Park' about the new décor & look of the restaurant. We were curious. Lo and behold! Where is the change? It wears the same look as it was in 2011! Staff were very warm. As the name suggests, they serve only north-Indian cuisine. We ordered for their special polau, betki paturi, chingri malaikari, one chicken dish (I forgot what) and nalen-gurer ice-cream. Polau was brilliant in taste. Chingri malaikari and chicken dish were also good. But the spoiler was betki paturi. We spoke to the staff and suggested not to put gandhoraj lebu to any paturi. A paturi should bear the strong smell of mustard paste and gandhorah lebu being another ingredient to add strong smell of a different kind when mixed with the smell of mustard paste can give a very unpleasant taste. Price is exorbitantly high when compared to other restaurants in the city offering authentic Bengali / north-Indian cuisine.
I shall never recommend this to anyone, except those who have a fancy for restaurants of 5-star hotels just to show-off to friends / relatives / neighbours!
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