Name: Saffron
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 53 Brick Lane
London E1 6PU
Phone: 020 7247 2633

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 27 Dec 2007

Yes, it was THAT bad.
(Jeff contemplates our mistake in choosing this restaurant.)

Visit Report

Visit Number: 93 (visit 1 of 1 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 27 Dec 2007
Cost per head: £20.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 3.8 3.8 6.8 6.3 6.0 5.7 5.5 6.0 4.8 5.42
Jeff 1 3 8 5 6 4 7 3 4.6 See Jeff's comments
Jon 3 4 7 6 6 7 7 6 6 5.9 See Jon's comments
Graeme 4 3 6 6 5 4 5 5 3 4.7 See Graeme's comments
Ed (Guest) 7 5 6 8 7 6 6 7 6.5 See Ed's comments

All Comments

Jeff - Made the effort to get out for the Christmas curry, and the company was enjoyable - Ed as guest was great fun I thought. However we may have settled too quickly for the 30% plus free beer (and wine) offered by the tout, as this place was a dump. There were some customers in the main room, with a few free tables, but we were shunted upstairs into an otherwise empty and disturbingly orange room, and I realised then with some horror that I'd been before, a few years ago, on a work outing. A reasonable start with poppadoms and what we were told was draft Cobra. However the food was below average, I can't even remember my starter, and my Lamb Korahi had very small pieces of meat, very few herbs, and came with a skin like a rice pudding which I had to stir in - it normally comes in sizzling hot. Chapati was ok and vegetables probably the highlight. Then came the haggling over the bill which wouldn't have been out of place in a Bedouin bazaar and with Jon's insistence (I remember the word 'bo**ocks' being used frequently) we got the bill down from £30 a head to £20. The only tip we left for them was 'don't try to rip off your customers'.

Jon - The food wasn't bad but not exactly inspiring, but we left with a sour taste in our mouths after the waiter tried to get out of the discount we had been promised. The first bill had not had the full 30% discount taken and when questioned about the free beer/wine, he claimed that the liqueurs at the end constituted that part of the deal. We stood firm and got it down to the £20 a head which is not exactly cheap for Brick Lane given the level of discount. The ambience wasn't helped by us being stuck upstairs on our own, but we managed to make our own atmosphere.

Graeme - The four of us that made the effort this Christmas week did the other guys a big favour - by eliminating this place from a possible future visit. We thought we had done OK by allowing ourselves to be enticed in by the offer of 30% discount and a free pint. However, we were then shown upstairs to the empty overflow room which was somewhat stark although it did have one advantage - we had our own dedicated waiter. We were told the Cobra was on draft but I suspect they were just filling our glasses from bottles. I had to send my first pint back for a top-up as it was about 1.5 inches short. The food can best be described as mediocre. It was edible but unexciting but did, at least, not have an adverse effect on my bowels (which I was worried about at the time of eating). The waiter let himself and the restaurant down at the end by 'forgeting' the 30% discount and making out that our post-meal liqueur was the offered free drink (rather than a pint of Cobra). Jon soon put him right with a few well-chosen Black Country expressions! There were a lot of man-hugs flying around this evening. Fair enough in Dom's case after his sad trip back to Oz, but a bit over-done when the rest of us were just saying goodbye to each other at the station!

Ed - Nice to be the guest on a CurryMarks club outing on a visit to the UK!! We were stuck up in a small room above the restaurant proper so the place didnít quite have an Indian restaurant feel. However, it did let our shenanigans continue uninterrupted! The service was efficient and courteous even if there was a misunderstanding about the bill and the starter was a tasty Onion bhaji without there being too overpowering a taste. Same couldnít be said for the Madras, but maybe thatís because I havenít had one in a while and I was overpowered a little by the heat here which was a shame so the Nan helped a lot in the heat control (see above). The filling was proper mince and not the red "meat" that can be served in some curry houses! The beer was so/so and not cold enough- but did get a free one! All in all, very reasonable once weíd gotten our discount back!

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