Though India and Indiana are roughly the same word, their cuisine offerings are worlds apart. Find out the difference two letters make with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of traditional Indian fare at Saffron Patch in the Valley.
The culinary wizards at Saffron Patch craft traditional Indian dishes from fresh, piquant ingredients. The expansive menu guides diners through a savory safari of tandoori, biryani, curry, and seafood dishes. Mild homemade cheeses surround a potato-and-mint-coriander center in the fried paneer pakodes ($6). Meanwhile, a brave infantry of six tandoori specials ($10–$27) can battle hunger with zest, vaulting to action from a bed of sizzling onions, peppers, dragon-printed pillowcases, and saffron rice. Ginger and Indian spices permeate the smoked tandoori lamb kebab ($17), and the tandoori malai kebab pairs boneless chicken breast with a rich cream cheese and ginger marinade ($17). Tickle palates without buying a flavored feather duster thanks to more than 25 curry entrees ($9–$17), such as the crisp okra, fried with onions, ginger, and garlic to comprise the bhindi tawa masala ($13).
Baked fresh to order in the tandoor oven, nine varieties of naan give double-voweled deliciousness ($2.50–$4.50). Satisfy sweet teeth with gulab jamon, warm homemade dumplings soaked in a bath of rosewater and honey ($3). Pintsize diners can sample the kids' menu, and drink specials—not available with this Groupon—can matchmake finely with a tasty dish or well-adjusted tax accountant.
Saffron Patch in the Valley
Saffron Patch in the Valley makes Indian cuisine accessible to Akronites—but no less complex or authentic. There are a few intensely spicy dishes on the menu, such as chicken vindaloo and lamb madras, but for the most part there's nothing tongue-searing; kids even get their own menu of mild but not dumbed-down options. Curry powder's more or less an afterthought among the 38 herbs and spices in regular use in Saffron Patch's kitchen. In addition to mesquite-fired, tandoori-baked chicken and lamb, you'll find seafood options such as smoked salmon and mahi mahi. Vegetarians can savor classic dishes such as cubes of paneer cheese in creamy spinach, made by in-house culinary cubists, and charbroiled eggplant.
Both Saffron Patch locations are tucked away into unexpected residential blocks. The excitement of stumbling onto a hidden treasure makes the spaces—decked in low-lit tones of brick red, sunset orange, and, naturally, saffron yellow—feel all the warmer.
1244 Weathervane Ln.
Akron, Ohio 44313