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Saffron Indian Cuisine

Saffron Indian Cuisine
64 Tavistock Street
Bedford
MK40 2RG
Tel: 01234 325655

Once again, I'm away on business. I'm staying for the week at a hotel near Bedford and decide to look around the City for somewhere to eat. I'd driven around the night before and hadn't seen anything, and had had no time to do any research. Tonight, I'm luckier.

Tavistock Street has several restaurants and takeaways, but I notice a wedding outside Saffron, then I notice Saffron. The style is modern and open and looked out of the ordinary.

I entered and was shown a table near the back, which I didn't fancy. The manager picked up on this without me saying anything and offered me an alternative near the front window.

The decor is light wood, plain coloured walls - airy. The menu is fairly usual, but I had enough choice of dishes I hadn't tried before.

A bottle of Kingfisher was quickly followed by a couple of poppadoms and relishes. Very nice - the yoghurt sauce was well flavoured. as were the onions and lime pickle.

My starter of Aloo Chat was delivered before I had finished the poppadoms, but I just left it until I had finished - this gave it time to cool down a little, which suits me.

The Aloo Chat was unusual in that it was not the normal, over-spiced, over-cooked dish found in most Indian restaurants. This was delicately flavoured and not overdone. I really enjoyed the dish.

My main dish was Murgh Sahzi Bahar - diced chicken lightly spiced with fresh ground spices, onions, mushrooms and okra. Aloo Chana and a plain Naan were the accompaniments, and these were excellent.

The staff were attentive and friendly, and the ambience was cosmopolitan and busy. I noticed the background music - Sinatra, Crosby and so on - so unusual in an Indian restaurant. The only other time I'd noticed unusual music in an Indian, it was in a run-down Balti house which was playing country and western!!

Saffron has a "Highly Recommended" rating from Les Routiers.

Sandro.

 

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Saffron Indian Cuisine

Total Score: 79%
Quality: Good
Service: Exceptional
Facilities: Average
Ambience: Above Average
Value: Good

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