Saffron is like eating in a real Indian home, says Katie Oakes
GOING for a curry at family-run Saffron is like being invited into their home for dinner.
Arts editor Janine Yaqoob and I were greeted with a beaming smile as we headed for our table as the first customers last Thursday evening, en route to a show at Crosby Civic Hall.
Three generations of the same family run the popular restaurant on St John’s Road, as the grandfather explained to us between courses.
“You keep me in a job,” he told us with a smile, “and I really mean that.”
And, in return for our custom, we were treated to friendly, speedy service and delicious, fresh curries, in a contemporary restaurant exuding all the warmth of being entertained in their home.
Janine is something of a curry connoisseur; it takes a lot to impress her well-trained taste buds and she is known for casting a critical eye over many a curry house that doesn’t meet her standards.
No such issues here. Sensing a moment’s indecision as we looked through the mouth-watering menu, our waiter immediately offered to make a curry to our specifications.
I opted for a Kahari chicken (£7.95) cooked in tomatoes, ginger, garlic and coriander with just the right kick for my fairly timid taste buds, while they created a variation of a Tawa Chicken (£8.50) for Janine, which had a deceptively spicy, tomato-based sauce similar to Tikka Masala.
The portions are generous without being overwhelming, and our hearty appetites were well satisfied without leaving us feeling like we’d never eat again.
The family has brought over a chef from India to put together the stunning combinations of flavours, and, from the steady stream of customers popping by to collect their takeaways, it seems like this is the local curry house everyone would love to have on their street corner.
In line with the friendly service throughout the meal, we were bid farewell with a hug, a kiss on the cheek and a promise to be back again soon. Which we will.