Once said to be worth its weight in gold, saffron's praises have long been sung by kings, pharaohs, and Donovans. Get mad about saffron with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Indian fare and drinks during dinner at Saffron, located in Westmont. This deal is not valid toward seafood items. Saffron is closed on Mondays, accepts cash only and does not accept credit cards or checks.
At Saffron, chefs enrich a dinner menu of traditional Indian cuisine with an abundance of fresh vegetable dishes, showcasing the colorful plates on crisp white tablecloths. Meals begin with appetizers such as crispy samosa fritters ($4.95) filled with spiced chicken or veggie spring rolls ($4.95) stuffed with cabbage, carrots, and seasonal ingredients, before veering toward spicier shores with plates of gosht madras ($14.95), a savory infusion of lamb, coconut milk, and hot south indian spices. Dal banjara ($10.95) sets yellow lentils simmering over hot coals in a traditional iron wok known as a kadhai, which is believed to release magical qualities and video-game pass codes embedded in the metal during cooking. Piles of chicken biryani ($11.95) send mouthwatering aromas of basmati rice and saffron wafting up toward the dining room's sleek crystal chandeliers, and peeks of passing sweets tempt diners toward house-specialty desserts such as gulab jamun—a hot fried dumpling soaked in saffron syrup ($4.50)—or creamy slices of mango cheesecake ($4.95).
Saffron's chefs toss fresh ingredients together to craft Indian fusion cuisine as vibrant as the eatery’s blue and purple neon lights and orange draperies. Laden with delicious tandoor dishes, Bombay favorites, vegetarian plates, and other good-mood-inducing fare, buffet carts roll out during lunchtime, facilitating all-you-can-eat samplings and all-you-can-throw food fights. A full bar slings imported beers, wines, and liquors, perfect for lubricating lips between bites, and a 150-seat banquet hall accommodates large groups of hungry humans determined to celebrate a special event.
6020 S Cass Ave.
Westmont, Illinois 60559