R-City mall is the closest mall from our place, that makes it an obvious choice for our frequent rendezvous, considering the legendary Mumbai traffic. The mall boasts many restaurants, but sadly all our outings in respect to food had been disappointing, so I was a little apprehensive about trying out Zaffran too, but my husband loves Indian food as you may have guessed from my previous reviews, I decided to put my apprehensions behind and decided to give it a try.
Zaffran has many outlets all over the city, my review is limited to its R City branch only. So the first look of the restaurant is beautiful. The interiors are aesthetically very pleasing.The decor is very soothing and gives a feeling of being at a royal place. The gold and black combination wins hands down and is done tastefully.The mellow lighting creates a perfect environment for a quiet and relaxing dinner.
Now coming to the food, it serves Indian and Mughlai dishes, so we had ordered paneer achari tikka, murg hariyali tikka and murg kalimirch tikka. The paneer starter was very fresh and had the typical spicy and tangy flavour to it. Both the chicken starters were excellent. the chicken was tender and delicious.I must say I liked the murg hariyali tikka better than murg kalimirch tikka.The murg kalimirch tikka seemed to have too much kalimirch for my liking, but I can’t complain as the name clearly suggests that there will be an over riding kalimirch flavour.
For the main course , it was Murg Tikka Masala, Paneer Makhani and Dal tadka along with the usual butter naans and butter rotis. I had expected wonders from the paneer, but was little disappointed, it was a little too sweet. The Murg Tikka Masala- chicken in thick orangish red masala was good though I must add here that the dish was propagated as a spicy dish but in reality it was not spicy at all.The Dal Tadka was decent, like in most of the restaurants all over Mumbai. The naan was perfectly cooked and crispy much to my liking.
The staff was very hospitable and warm but seemed confused once the place started to fill up. Now the disappointing part for all the alcohol lovers out there, the restaurant doesn’t have a bar license yet, so its a fine dining experience minus the alcohol.The pinch to the pocket is around Rs.1200 for two which is decent considering the location, ambience and the food.Overall it is a good place to relax and spend some quiet time with friends and family. The food is good, specially the starters, definitely a place I will visit more often.