I was invited for a bloggers' event at Zafran on Wednesday 13 November, for a sneak preview of their upcoming winter menu to be introduced from December 2O13. For those of you who are are not familiar with Zafran, it's one the finest Indian restaurants in Kuwait that offers contemporary Indian cuisine.
|Gaurav Singh, Brand Chef|
|left to right in order - papadums, mixed pickle, mint chutney, tamarind chutney, sweet mango chutney|
|Shammi Kabab - bottom, Double Mushroom - top left, Aloo Tikki - top right|
1. Starters - All starters were unique and delicious.
* Aloo Tikki, which is mashed potatoes filled with mashed green peas, shaped into patties. Lightly spiced
* Double Mushroom - Mushroom filled with cheese, then dipped in batter and fried.
* Shammi Kebab - Minced lamb paste with moderate spices shaped into broad regular patties.
|Minced lamb kebab straight from the grill|
|Tandoori prawns - bottom, mince lamb kebab - top most, chicken malai tikka - right|
|Platter of grills and lemon splash|
* Sheek Kebab was served right from the grill, with smoke, sound and beautiful aroma.
* Chicken Malai Tikka marinated in cream and light spices and charcoal grilled. It was succulent and well textured
* Tandoori prawns - this was a haven compared to the usual hot and spicy tandoori prawns, I've had in the past in other places. Prawns were marinated in yoghurt with just the right amount of spices and grilled. Light and delicious.
3. Main Course
|dal makhani - bottom, steamed basmati rice - top left, prawn in coconut milk - top right|
|clock wise : chicken tikka masala, prawn in coconut milk, dal makhani, naan, steamed rice|
* Dal Makhani, a lovely creamy dark colored indian black lentil curry cooked overnight on charcoal which adds a light smokey flavor to it. A very healthy dish usually had with plain rice.
* Basmati rice - the texture was perfect and the aroma was lovely
* Naan - Indian bread cooked in tandoor oven, best eaten hot or warm.
* Prawn in coconut milk curry which is mild and absolutely pleasant in taste.
* Chicken Tikka Masala, was one of my favorites. I cannot fathom what magical spice combination it contained, I would say, it tasted divine.
|Pista and saffron kulfi|
The food, taste, texture and smell was wonderful. The presentation was artistic and neat. What I appreciated besides the taste of the food, was that it wasn't greasy. Chef Gaurav is quite aware of his guests' preferences and taste so all the spices used is in moderation. If you want your dish a bit more spicy, or less spicy you can always tell them while you place your order. There is a special children menu, which they would enjoy and it is healthy too, so you don't have to worry about taking your children to fast food joints. The ambiance at Zafran is quite pleasant. The decor and interiors are endowed with warm colors like black, red and yellow. You definitely should visit Zafran try out their contemporary Indian food. I've been there several times with my husband as well as with my friends in past and have always enjoyed their great food and friendly service. Their new menu will be introduced in December 2O13.
Zafran restaurant telephone : 25750647, 97281007
Location : Salem Al Mubarak Street, 1st floor, main entrance right beside Centerpoint, or accessible from Centerpoint as well.