Hidden in an office building at 20600 Chagrin Boulevard in the trendy suburb of Shaker Heights is the Saffron Patch, an extravagant Indian restaurant that tantalizes the eyes, nose and mouth with a four-star quality.
Vibrant colors are flourished throughout the restaurant as cream-colored linen tablecloths drape the fine wooden tables creating a lavish exuberance.
Opening the menu, we find a wide variety of items to choose from. The Saffron Patch offers multiple treasures from Tanduri and Kabobs to Tika and vegetarian delights.
Appetizers such as Lakshmi Kabobs, chicken simmered in a spicy tomato-based sauce, Sikh Kabobs; lamb sausages spiced with curry, garlic and pepper, Samosas, tiny fried dumplings filled with potato and green peas nicely spiced to perfection and Popper, thin strips of dough fried to a crisp served with a sweet, yet refreshing coconut chutney and a mild garlic and ginger chutney to dip these delectable treats.
We ordered Lamb Barini in a hot curry sauce and Chicken Tanduri in a medium hot curry sauce. Saffron Patch allows the customer to choose how much flavor will go into their dishes from mild to hot Indian curries.
The Lamb Barini was served as thick slices of succulent lamb simmering in a very hot curry served in a ceramic serving bowl on a mound of saffron rice spiked with cashews and raisins.
The Chicken Tanduri was served sizzling hot on a skillet layered on a bed of onions served with a mound of basmati rice and a side order of vegetable chutney that was full of body and richness.
Offering most dishes in either half or full portions, our server recommended ordering a half order of the Chicken Tanduri. He was correct in his recommendation as we were served huge portions and had to request for containers to take home.
We tempered the fires inside of our mouths from the extremely hot curries with an array of Coca-Cola fountain drinks, traditional Indian Chi Tea and an assortment of wines and alcoholic beverages.
Saffron Patch?s interpretation of Chi was fragrant and true to its original form with hints of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ginger accompanied by a creamy blend of milk and sugar tempering the war in my mouth from the meal.
Desserts were just as flavorful and simple as their main course counterparts. Items such as Rice Pudding studded with coconut, Coif, a refreshing cousin to the Italian granite blended with cashews, pistachios and saffron and Indian ice creams flavored with mango, coconut and saffron along with specialty syrups.
Unfortunately, your wallets will be skinnier than your waist lines as prices range from $10 to $24 per entr?e.
Saffron Patch is a unique experience as it brings simple dishes into the world of the contemporary cuisine dredged in a bounty of charm and wanton to travel to India.