Honestly I do not know why I don't dine on Indian food more often. You can't get better value for money and I am never disappointed. The food is always full flavored and I love the idea of numerous combinations of tastes.
I was pretty thrilled with myself when I found a five course Indian meal, including a glass of wine, at Cafe Saffron for under $20 each on Groupon. I was a bit sceptical about the voucher idea, but it all went very smoothly. In their extensive menu at Cafe Saffron, they have a whole page listing the options for your Groupon banquet.
We were able to choose two entrees and one was predictably samosa. I love Indian pastry and this was really delicious and served with plum sauce. The vegetables had a nice curry bite to them but were not too hot and spicy. Another choice was something neither of us had tried before, which was actually chilli cheese with shallots and celery. As it was bought out, I could feel the heat in my eyes and the tickle down the back of my throat. I thought this was a bit of a warning, but strangely enough, it was not that hot and was one of my favourite dishes of the night.
You guessed it, we ordered butter chicken for the mains. The waiter said most people come for butter chicken. We also picked the Malai Kofta, which is a cheese and potato dumpling in mild creamy gravy. This is a completely different dish to cheese dish we had for entrees. I noticed on the menu this was only $13.90.
Our third mains choice was black lentils, which neither of us have had before. We wondered if it might be a little bland but it was anything but. The mains were served with saffron rice and a very generous serving of naan bread. In fact, there was way too much food for to manage despite a gallant effort. I was a little disappointed that we couldn't take it away, but they have a policy that many others have as well.
This is an enormous cafe which is more like a function centre whch hosts many large parties. When we went, there were two parties going on downstairs and we dined upstairs. We could hear the partygoers downstairs having the time of the life. If there was any criticism it would just be of that, despite the private eating area, it was way too noisy upstairs.
The reception we got was lovely and the waiter very attentive, so if you're up for inexpensive night out or want to try a new Indian café, you could seek out Cafe Saffron, which is just down the road from the Westfield Plenty Valley Shopping Centre off the main stretch. It's pretty grand - you can't miss it. You might like to ask them if they have any parties booked in if you're looking for a quiet night, otherwise enjoy.