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Review of Saffron Room

Saffron Room
Ranked #2 of 9 Restaurants in Cheshire
Cuisines: Indian
Description: This is a new restaurant in the village with very high expectations for everyone who lives there.
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Description: This is a new restaurant in the village with very high expectations for everyone who lives there.
Reviewed 20 April 2012

Well after a one off last Sunday business back to normal. Basically the acknowledgement and the way this situation was resolved has to be complimented we British aren't good at complaining and need help to resolve situations and this note is all about how to put it right and to be fair that's exactly what the Saffron room did. So if in the unlikely event anyone gets a below standard experience then these guys will put it right and get you straight back on track. Keep up the high standards and good food and service...Dave & Linda

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Reviewed 15 August 2011

I found myself in the surrounds of the swanky-looking new Indian restaurant Saffron Room in the Cheshire village of Prestbury, so it was that I could see all around me tables filled with people barely needing to look at the menu to choose their already-established favourite.

Clearly the restaurant has found itself many a happy customer despite only recently opening up here.

It inhabits the grade-II listed White House in the village, that in its last incarnation was the White House Restaurant.

It won two AA Rosettes for its modern English cuisine, and wide critical acclaim, but it sadly closed around two years ago and had remained vacant ever since.

It’s great to see the restaurant back up and running, and in the hands of restaurateur Sanaam Ahamed, his bold aim is to bring Indian fine dining to Prestbury.

All well and good then, and as we settled down in our comfy seats we were pleased that the venue had retained its slick and modern appeal inside, all sleek grey and maroon walls adorned with plenty of modern art – with price tags hanging down of course in case some of their wealthier clients want to pick up a little trinket to go with their curry and Krug.

Ah yes, the Krug.

Of course, this wouldn’t be Cheshire without a ridiculously well-stocked fridge of champagne to choose from, although we were more than happy with our glasses of wine.

Me with a Pinot Rosé Veneto, a glass at £4.35, and the fella’s Marques Calado Macabeo at just £3.95 for a glass of the Spanish white.

The delicate fruit of the Pinot Rosé was an excellent accompaniment to the spices that were to follow, while the Other Half’s Macabeo had a delicious hint of banana amid its velvety floral aromas, perfect for a curry.

The wine list is pretty varied, and while, yes, there is Krug on there for a cool £3,000 a bottle, there’s also plenty of bottles starting from a very reasonable £13.95.

Sanaam states on his website that he’s aiming to offer many Indian fusion dishes not available in other restaurants, and when we surveyed the extensive menu we were indeed impressed with the range of intriguing dishes.

Aiming to be a bit bold, I opted for the monkfish off the chef’s speciality starter list – only to be told this was “out of stock”, which seemed a bit odd.

I wouldn’t mind but we had booked for early evening on Saturday night when you would expect the restaurant to be as well stocked as it is possible to get, especially in its specialities.

Our waiters were all very smartly-attired on the night, although perhaps a little on the stern side, especially when I started to flap about when trying to decide what
alternative dish to order.

In a blind panic, it forced me to revert to type – and order the onion bhaji (£3.25). Although after dreams of exotic spiced fish, the bhaji could only ever be a disappointment I suppose, it emerged as a bit flabby and just rather dull.

Thankfully, the fella was able to secure his first choice starter of Lamb Chaat (£4.95), which was a delight. Tender strands of lamb marinated in a light chaat masala sauce, presented on a light and fluffy pancake in what was a very generous portion.

Things got infinitely more enjoyable with the arrival of our main courses, beautifully presented in unusual-shaped dishes – now we’re talking on the
Indian fine dining!

My main, the Benghal Haandi Special from the signature dishes section (£10.45), was a riot of deliciously fresh ingredients – lovely spring onion, pepper and tomato chunks in a cinnamon spiced sauce, with a sprinkling of crispy fried onion on top.

It could have only been bettered with just a tad more of that crispy onion. A wonderful combination of flavours, though.

The Other Half’s Chicken Chasni, another signature dish (£8.95), was also an excellently-crafted main – an unusual creation of lightly battered chicken, swimming in a rich curry sauce with lumps of mango oozing into the warm ginger-spiced melts of the dish. Our side dishes of Kashmere Pilau (£2.85) and Keema Nan (£2.85) were just the right size and well cooked.

My fella goes for a selection of Movenpick ice creams (£4) while I go for the mint parfait (£4) – one of those moulded chocolate encased ice cream dessert-type things. In fairness, this was very nice.

In fact, to quote the website directly, it states: “People will be given the opportunity to embrace new dishes that are not widely available.”

If they can keep such a well-stocked champagne fridge, let’s hope on future visits the kitchen will be, too.

» The Saffron Room, The White House, New Road, The Village, Prestbury, Cheshire, SK10 4DG. Telephone: -----------

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