Friday, 7 November 2014

Saffron - Roundhay Road, Leeds

Good news readers I have found a good Indian takeaway/restaurant in Leeds! *Dances around in victory pants*

I was offered a complimentary meal to review one of the top rated Indian takeaways in Leeds (as rated on Hungry House). Saffron, amongst others in my local area, appeared on the list. I had never tried it so I decided to give a shot. 

Saffron is situated on Roundhay road, there is an abundance of a indian restaurants and takeaways on this road, at night time the neon lights look like a minuscule version of the Vegas strip, or perhaps (more likely) Blackpool. I've taken a few chances down this strip with little success. I was apprehensive. 

We ordered online through Hungry House and opted to collect, which turned out to be a winner as collection secures you 25% off the bill! So we orded more...

It was predicted we could collect in 25 minutes so we had time to nip to the shop and grab a couple of beers and drive down. 

We were surprised to find that this previously overlooked place was in fact a restaurant. The place was full to capacity and entertained people from all cultures (estimate I didn't take a survey or anything...), the Friday night atmosphere hit us as soon as we walked in and we were met by a waitress straightaway. On every table there was a naan tree and I know that some people (Gordon Ramsey) despair when they see them but I honestly have no issues with them, they help make extra room on the table from what would otherwise be covered by a massive piece of bread.

We collected our takeaway, which was in a handy, easily carriable box, and headed home. 

To start we dished out the veg samosas, chicken pakora, and tarka daal.

The samosas were on the small side, with not a great variety of veg inside, the spice was there so they weren't a total let down.

The chicken pakoras I suspect would be much nicely freshly made, unfortunately the batter had gone a little soggy in its polystyrene box however there was a hint of spice and flavour to the pakora and we happily dipped them in the free chutney, mint sauce and onion dip.

The tarka daal beats appearances in that it was very good, just enough spice and plenty of flavour we lapped this up as we ate our starters and mains.

D chose the chicken and potato balti for his main and I opted for the Karahi chicken (my go to curry). I tasted D's and in comparison I much preferred my own. Mine was a dryer curry but spicer, consisted of just chicken but had more flavour. That wasn't to say that D's was poor, it wasn't, I just preferred my own.

Chicken and Potato Balti 

We decided to share a 'Saffron rice' between us. It wasn't great it tasted just like boiled rice with a tinge of yellow colouring, which was also haphazard. I'd perhaps try another rice next time.

Chicken Karahi 

We also ordered some palek paneer as a side, which was covered in a spinach marinade/sauce.

There was also a free bag of salad. In a plastic bag. We didn't eat it.

We definitely went overboard on the bread ordering a garlic naan, chapati and a tandoori roti... The naan was the best out of the three, plenty of garlic and crisp bits. 

There was far too much food for two people and we ended up with plenty of leftovers which we consumed the following night. 

Including the 25% discount for collection the total cost of our feast amounted to £24.30, the curries we ordered were between £6.95-7.95, average for Leeds takeaways. 

The restaurant is licenced, not that this matters too much, and the atmosphere we felt as we walked in combined with the good food would definitely make me wish to return as a sit down customer.

To see the top rated Curry Houses as judged by the customers of hungry house click here

331a Roundhay Road

Saffron on Urbanspoon

1 comment:

freerangegirl said...

I agree with you - a good curry is almost always better as a sit down customer. Nothing can make salad in a bag enticing! Im really enjoying your blog, im coming to visit my sister in Leeds soon, so getting lots of good ideas for eateries thx!