Indian cuisine is popular around the world for its use of flavorful spices. Although there are a multitude of spices used for cooking, saffron is one such spice known for its unique color and flavor. It is considered one of the most precious spices in the world and reminds us of the beauty of the saffron fields of Kashmir. Adding a few strands of saffron to any dish can instantly kick its flavor up several notches. Being a foodie, I love trying different types of food and had the opportunity to fulfill my desire for authentic North Indian cuisine when previewing the new menu at Saffron, Trident Hotel, Gurugram. Their exclusively curated menu by Chef Arun Mathur will be available August 4-12, 2022, and it’s something you definitely don’t want to miss.
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The restaurant is named after the spice as a tribute to traditional Indian cuisine and is one of the most renowned North Indian restaurants in the city. Their new menu is nuanced with the flavors of saffron in every dish and offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian delights. I was greeted with a tangy, refreshing drink made with orange marmalade, saffron and sparkling water. For starters, my first choice was the dahi gosht kebab followed by the dahi ke kebab, and both were an absolute delight. They were extremely soft and flavorful and provided a melt-in-the-mouth experience. If you are a kebab lover, then these kebabs are a must!
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For main course I tried kairi ki bhindi, palak kismish ke kofte, murgh shekhawat and dal makhni – all served with khurmi naan. Kairi ki bhindi had a savory and tart taste of raw mangoes. But what really won me over were the palak kismish koftas which offered a unique blend of flavors. Cooked in a spicy sauce – the kismish added a touch of sweetness to the dish and was tantalizing to the taste buds. What I liked most about the restaurant was its excellent presentation and soulful traditional music playing in the background during dinner. Finally, for dessert, I tried both desserts from their menu – Peshawari pista kheer phirni and khubhani ka metha. If you are someone who likes to end their meal with authentic Indian desserts, then I recommend you to try the phirni.
Where: Search for Trident Hotel
When: Until August 12
Cost for two: Rs 4300 (approximately)