Saffron Restaurant

Saffron Restaurant

Indian and South Asian

0.5 miles
204-206 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BY
Located in the vibrant suburb of Summertown, Saffron Restaurant is well worth a visit if you want to experience a taste of the East in Oxford. We visited for dinner on an unusually balmy April evening, and plonked ourselves down on one of the leather couches in the bar area. We were handed a couple of menus by one of the smiling waiters, who invited us to relax, take our time and enjoy one of the fine cocktails on offer before we began our meal. This we did and, after a couple of Saffron Spices (a winning concoction of gin, Archers, Blue Curucao, orange juice and cherry brandy) we were seated in the large, light restaurant with its high ceilings, lemon walls, sparkling chandeliers and crisp white tablecloths.

The chefs at Saffron use only the finest ingredients, refusing to use any artificial colouring or additives. We ordered a bottle of Chilean sauvignon from the extensive wine list and chose our starters. I plumped for the jinga moni puree - fresh seafood treated with delicate spices. My guest's meat samosas were crispy and filled with wonderfully spicy meat. There are over 50 main courses, making my decision more than difficult. Eventually I settled upon chicken podina, a mint-flavoured dish with ginger, herbs and spices, while my friend chose dansak with fat, succulent king prawns. The food was beautifully cooked, fabulously presented, subtly spiced and wonderfully fresh. We shared a bowl of saffron rice, which was a gorgeous deep yellow colour, and two peshwari naan.

Saffron has a huge selection of awards and accolades to its name. In 2005 it was voted amongst the 'Best 100 UK Restaurants' at the British Curry Awards, the BIBA awards have placed it in the top 30 UK restaurants for three years running and, in 2003, it was runner-up in a nationwide survey by the Real Curry Restaurant Guide.
+2Saffron Restaurant
Opening Hours:
Mon:12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm
Tues:12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm
Weds:12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm
Thurs:12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm
Fri:12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm
Sat:12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm
Sun:12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm

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