If you want to enjoy a wide assortment of kebabs, or perhaps if you are fancying a plate of biriyani, Zaffran is a new restaurant in town you should pay a visit to. It's an eatery that will undoubtedly satisfy your hunger for Indian and Pakistani cuisines.
As you walk into its premises, the small charming landscape on the side, with plants and a fountain, sets a relaxing mood. The restaurant, which is more on the formal fine-dining side, is split into a few rooms and sections, so that you have privacy, and this also gives you the opportunity to hold small parties or meetings. There is a seating area on the exterior too, with large trees shadowing over the live barbeque stations.
You may start the meal with 'kulcha', which is a rather thick type of bread with a layer of very finely minced chicken or beef inside. Kulcha is a hot treat that comes along with a spicy mint sauce on the side. Zaffran boasts a wide plethora of kebabs. From the hot and spicy 'Zaffran Spicy Boti' to the very soft and tender 'Malai Boti', the delicious kebabs will tease your taste buds to the limit. They come with two sauces; a yoghurt sauce, much like raita, and a tamarind sauce. Relish in the kebabs with naans and parathas – you may try their 'Lachha Paratha', a crispy treat complete with the flavour of ghee.
Savour in these delicacies with a drink on the side. If your taste buds want to something spicy, go for Zaffran's 'jeera pani'. If you want something sweet, there's always the sweet lassi which will never fail to please you. Or, opt for the salty one.
The restaurant offers different sorts of curries. 'Chicken Karahi' is just one of the delicacies. A slightly tangy treat, this chicken curry takes a whole range of spices, along with tomatoes, a vital ingredient. On the other hand, if your palate craves for rice, try one of their 'handi biriyanis'. Finish off the meal with classic mouth-watering desserts like faluda and kulfi.
Address: House # 1B, Road # 5, Gulshan-1, Dhaka. Contact number: 01707110104. Facebook page: www.facebook.com/zaffranbd. Business hours: 12pm-11pm. Food delivery options: Foodpanda; HungryNaki.
By M H Haider
Photo courtesy: Zaffran