“It was apparent how popular Zaaffran was due to the numerous families of the same local ethnicity”
Zaaffran (click here) is located on the second floor of the Harbourside Centre which overlooks the hustle and bustle of the tourist hotspot Darling Harbour. The new look Zaaffran offers family friendly authentic Indian dining.
Zaaffran has undergone a major facelift recently, creating a more contemporary feel from its previous decor. We were seated outside on the balcony, where we had a faultless view of the harbour and the perfect place to people watch.
Zaaffran (Indian for saffron) has also recently revamped their menu to showcase a more contemporary take on traditional Indian classics. “We pride ourselves in home style cooking with a twist using fresh Australian ingredients such as seafood that wouldn’t normally be used in traditional dishes” Head Chef Vikrant Kapoor explains.
What we ate:
FIRANGI FRANKIES – Bombay’s original taco with lamb
TAKARI KUR KURI – Hyderabadi tea time snack
POOCHKAS – Mini poories; moong and potato; mint-tamarind liquor; a la Bengali
TINGMO BALCHAO BURGER – Traditional Goa style prawns; Tibetan tingmo buns
KARWARI TALILEE KOLMI – Tiger prawns; garlic, chilli and ginger; semolina crust; coconut chutney
MURGH MAKHAN PALAK – Chicken tikka; buttered onion-tomato masala; shredded English spinach
MEEN MOILEE – Barramundi; coconut-turmeric broth; lemon; ginger and green chilli; mustard seeds and curry leaf tempering
NAAN – Indian bread
PARATHA – Multi-layered, buttered wholemeal bread
ZAAFFRAN SENSATION ICE CREAM – Pistachio with saffron, cardamom & almond
HONEY SAFFRON PANNA COTTA – Saffron Panna Cotta: saffron apple confit: puffed rice honeycomb: apple pearls
My stand out dishes were the Firangi Frankies’ (mentioned above). The ‘Kawari Talilee Kolmi’ ** Semolina crusted Tiger prawns, which were crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside served with an almost dry coconut chutney that had a good kick of spice. Along with the ‘Murgh Makhani Palak’ this chicken tikka was robust and aromatic, the chicken was cooked perfectly and had a nice little added touch of wilted spinach.
**This dish reminded me of some delicious cereal prawns that I found in Singapore from my most recent trip, these definitely are a great alternative to the boring old salt and pepper squid you find throughout Sydney.
Unfortunately the Barramundi for me was a total miss, the sauce was light and tangy and the fish itself was cooked well but the batter or skin around the fish was slimy and completely unappetising which ruined the dish. I felt the fish would be far better grilled and placed on top. The main dishes seemed to lack a little oomph in presentation too, a little extra garnish would have gone a long way.
Zaaffran offers home style cooking with a contemporary twist, making many of our dishes pleasant to eat. Having the backdrop of the hustle and bustle of Darling Harbour creates a great atmosphere and if you go around 8pm you have the added bonus of fireworks.
Harbourside Shopping Centre
10 Darling Drive
Darling Harbour NSW 2000