Directly behind the FourPoints Sheraton is new Indian restaurant, Saffron. This restaurant boasts a bar, a stage for Indian dancing, a Bollywood screen, and extensive dining area in a somewhat basic style. The ceiling lighting system is a contemporary interpretation of peacock feathers, which is well conceived and executed, though the walls and particularly the flooring lack some style. It's nice enough, but I would have preferred a more enticing depiction of India; but we were there for the food I guess; so as long as everything is clean and tidy, which it was, then no worries.
The staff are comprised of locals, and Indians, especially brought in to run and cook the Indian dishes. I should mention that there is also a Chinese chef responsible for the Chinese dishes on offer too.
The menu is very extensive and perusing it left me feeling like a kid in a sweetshop as I wanted to try everything, but instead had to settle for what I considered a fair interpretation of some Indian classics. Between us we ordered Butter Chicken Masala, Chicken Do Piaza, Dhal Makhani, Methi Gosht, Mushroom Masala, Aloo Gobi, Punjabi Samosa and Jeera Rice with a couple of Chili Cheese Naans and a Paratha to mop it all up. To wash it down we had one salted and one sweet Lassi and a nice cold Kingfisher beer. Apart from the Mutton Methi Gosht, which needed more fenugreek in my opinion, the dishes were good to excellent, with the mushroom masala being the crowd pleaser. Unfortunately we were unable to finish the feast, as our choices were all quite rich, so when you do go, try to order a selection of dishes that give the meal balance and you won't go wrong. Though saying that, they are very happy to put your leftovers in a doggy bag to take home so you can enjoy it all over again! All ten dishes, including drinks came to RMB470 for 3 people and taxis to take you home are easy to grab in front of the Sheraton.
Saffron also offers a lunch-time delivery service for businesses/offices in the area, though I'm sure they won't mind residential customers either. For 55RMB you can get a normal lunch-set which comprises of rice, meat curry and vegetables, or a vegetarian set is available for 45RMB.
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