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Saffron Indian Bistro

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SMALL PLATES
9.95
Seasonal Saffron Salad
Market greens dressed in tangy herb yogurt with boondi and pickled onions
9.95
General Tso's Cauliflower*
Indian Chinese style cauliflower in a tomato chili sauce, chives and sesame seeds
8.95
Onion Bhaji
Red onion pakoras topped with whipped homemade yogurt and chutneys
7.95
Samosa
Savory flaky pastry stuffed with cumin seasoned potatoes and peas, served with chutneys
10.95
Masala Chicken Winglets (Organic Chicken)
Garlic, chili and cilantro flavor spiced winglets with spicy masala barbeque sauce
8.95
Spiced Vegetable Cutlets
Semolina crusted spiced mix vegetables patties, served with spicy ketchup
9.95
Pav Bhaji
A street food classic of bombay, toasted soft pav bread served with savory mixed vegetable and potato masala hash
8.95
Cheese Naan
Sharp white cheddar cheese, seasoning salts, onion and cilantro topped with market greens
BAKED TO ORDER BREADS
2.95
Naan
Leavened Bread
2.95
Whole Wheat Tandoori Roti
Whole wheat flat bread
4.25
Garlic Naan
Leavened bread baked with garlic and cilantro on top
4.25
Whole Wheat Paratha
Layered whole wheat bread with butter
3.95
Onion Naan
Leavened bread stuffed with onions and spices
TANDOORI
12.95
Stuffed Tandoori Paneer
Paneer marinated in tandoori spices, stu1ed with chutney cooked on embers served with cucumber slaw and cherry tomatoes
13.95
Tandoori Shrimp
Bay Shrimp marinated with tandoori spices, grilled and served with vegetable and herb salad and yogurt
13.95
Lamb Seekh Kebab
Ground lamb seasoned with spices, onions and bell peppers, cooked on embers in our Tandoori oven served with cucumber slaw
13.95
Black Pepper Chicken Tikka Kabob
Chicken thigh marinated with tandoori spices and tellicherry pepper, roasted in the oven, served with beet slaw and mint chutney
14.95
Tandoori Chicken
Half chicken (bone-in) marinated in yogurt, our spice blend and cooked on embers in tandoor, served with red onion slaw and cilantro chutney
13.95
Chicken Tikka Kabob (Rocky Jr. Free Range)
Marinated chicken breast cooked on embers, served with house sauce and side slaw
ENTRÉES (NON-VEGETARIAN)
16.95
Malabar Shrimp Curry
Gulf shrimp prepared with onions, fresh chilies, our coriander masala blend with coconut milk
15.95
Saffron's famous Butter Chicken
Roasted chicken simmered in makhani sauce (spiced tomato sauce) fenugreek and ginger
14.95
Methi Chicken Curry
Chicken cooked in traditional punjabi style with whole spices and tomatoes, fenugreek, ginger and garlic
15.95
Hyderabadi Chicken Curry*
Traditional Indian dish made with coconut, mint leaves and spices
16.95
"Our Take" Chicken Tikka Masala
National dish of UK; Rocky Jr. free range roasted chicken breast simmered in a mild sauce with fenugreek
17.95
Saffron Chicken Biryani
Fragrant basmati rice slow cooked with chicken and house spice blend cooked "Dum Pukht" served with raita, chutney and pappad
16.95
Lamb Vindaloo
Lamb leg cooked with potatoes in a richly spiced gravy with hint of vinegar
16.95
Lamb Rogan Josh
Lamb leg slow braised with over 21 di1erent Indian spices and yoghurt
VEGETARIAN ENTRÉES
14.95
Lahsooni Saag Paneer
Paneer sautéed and simmered with spiced spinach gravy, roasted garlic and cilantro
13.95
Saffron's Daal Makhani
Black lentils simmered for over 24 hours with tomatoes and spices, finished with homemade butter
14.95
Shahi Paneer*
Paneer simmered in makhani sauce (spiced tomato sauce) fenugreek and ginger and cashews
13.95
Farmers Market Vegetable Korma*
Seasonal vegetables cooked with coconut, mint leaves and spices
14.95
Shahi Malai Kofta*
Cottage cheese koftas simmered in a rich tomato & onion gravy with cashews
14.95
Vegetable Pulao*
Long grain basmati rice, cooked with mildly spiced vegetables, caramelized onions and nuts, topped with fresh mint
13.95
Baingan Bhartha (Spiced Eggplant Hash)
Roasted eggplant subzi cooked in onion & tomato and garlic with aromatic Indian spices
13.95
Butternut Squash Coconut Curry
Butternut squash cooked in a coconut based curry sauce
12.95
Adraki Aloo Gobhi
Cauliflower and potatoes tossed in a mild spice blend, cilantro and ginger
13.95
Amchuri Bhindi Masala
Okra tossed with onions, sundried tomatoes, spices and mango powder
SIDES
3.25
Basmati Rice
1
Pickle
4
Papad
2
Plain Yogurt
2
Onions, Lemon and Chili
3
Chutney Duo (Cilantro and Tamarind)
4
Cucumber Raita
DESSERTS
7
Elaichi Kheer
Creamy rice dessert delicately flavored with cardamom and garnished with pistachio
7
Gulab Jamun
Cheese dumplings simmered in sugar syrup sauce and garnished with pistachios; served hot
8
Rasmalai
Soft poached homemade cheese dumplings in a reduced milk sauce, garnished with nuts
BEVERAGES
4
Mango Lassi
5
Minty Lemonade
3
Sodas
About
Saffron is a local neighborhood family restaurant located in the heart of downtown San Carlos , serving Northern Indian Cuisine with a commitment to using local and sustainable foods. We feature an ever-changing menu that is sure to please the Meat eaters, Vegetarians and Vegans alike, including items that are Gluten Free.
PRICE RANGE
$30 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Asian, Pakistani, Indian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Table Service
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Reviewed December 14, 2018

Very tasty food with all the standard dishes, especially liked the tandoori prawns, bhindi, dal, parathas, rice pudding etc.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

I visited Saffron Indian Bistro during Sept 2018 for dinner. They serve yummy Indian food. There are limited options in the menu yet sufficient to choose from. I found most of them delightful. Will certainly consider for my upcoming trip to Bay area.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Chetan V
Reviewed September 23, 2018

This restaurant serves authentic and good Indian food. Priced reasonably, great service and tasty food

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Thomas F
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Here slightly by accident as we were heading to a sports bar next door, now closed down!! So we decided to give it a go, and were very glad we did. Great selection of beer, poppadom to start with, good selection of curry's to choose...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank JHBM
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

We ate dinnee here on a Sunday for Father's Day since my husband loves Indian food. Turnes out they had a buffwt going on.im not a fan of Indian food in general, but between their butter chicken, deep oried vegetable nuggets, salad and desserts in...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank U1874WQdonnas
Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a splendid dinner on our second visit in six months to this very special San Carlos Indian top class restaurant with its attentive and professional wait staff and spotless interior. We enjoyed minty lemonades and ordered onion bhaji and paani poor semolina puffs. For...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank northernneckinn
Reviewed November 9, 2017

I've been here a few times and enjoy the food and large portions. I never leave hungry. It's a convenient location right by the train station.

Date of visit: March 2017
Thank dannyboytravels
Reviewed October 17, 2017

Wonderful buffet available for lunch and dinner. It's great to have this at dinner time, especially for kids and picky eaters! Good Indian food, with pleasant service and nice people.

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Laura W
Reviewed September 18, 2017

All ages from 9- 55 enjoyed each dish we ordered and shared. We had lamb, vegetarian and chicken. All in succulent sauces. The nan complemented the food without taking front stage, The raita smooth the food in the end. Oh yes, the mango lassi was...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank TRAVELERVIAJERO
Reviewed September 6, 2017

A group of eight of us went to lunch recently on a Saturday. The buffet was not only really attractive but the selection of dishes was plentiful, appeared and tasted freshly cooked. Selection of vegetarian and meat dishes, salad, dessert and chai included in the...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Jennie B
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