It’s always welcoming when people approach to ask about places to go over the weekend, for a date, to just relax or enjoy a drink. I love giving suggestions and I can list out places from the top of my head when asked for a dish or cuisine. This write-up arises from one such experiences.
“So where do I go for a nice Indian dinner?” asked the guy sitting beside me. I give the option of Saffron Mantra from the top off my head. Now being located towards the Secunderabad/Karkhana, Saffron Mantra loses out on the IT crowd. But this is to tell you, that if too lazy to drive there is an option. Take an Uber and go straight for Saffron Mantra, because the food here amazing. Saffron Mantra for me has been the restaurant which I love dining at. So much so that very few items on the menu remain which I haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing.
The first time I walked into Saffron Mantra, I was pleasantly surprised what they had done to erstwhile Wild Ginger. The ambience is exquisitely done with embers of yellow and blue. With touches of Caribbean amalgamated with Indian/ Mughlai setting, this place is a beauty to the eyes. It is simplistic yet so elegantly complicated. The elaborate lantern off the ceiling, the aptly placed closet box, the cute little candles on the tables all seem to fit into what Saffron Mantra stands for.
The menu has been steadily rising and a lot more options being added with every visit. From the starters I have a couple of favorites though. The Til Murgh ke Tikka is a sesame Tandoori spiced Chicken Tikka which is extremely soft and tender. The standout for me has been the Kairi Paneer Tikka which hides an aam papad in the center. The sweetness of the Aam Papad helps in cutting the spiciness.
There is only when a few times when I have been impressed with vegetarian dishes and the Veg. Galauti Kebabs gets me every time. There is a lot of techniques which goes into making the Vegetarian Galauti Kebabs that I have actually ordered this much more than the non-vegetarian version. The Chicken Muttabaq is another terrific dish on their menu and while you’re there don’t forget to have the Dimsums.
The main course at Saffron Mantra doesn’t disappoint either. The Butter Chicken was delicious and combined with the Garlic Naan is a match made in heaven. The best part about the Butter Chicken was that it was neither too sweet and nor too spicy. It treads that thin line for being overtly too much on either side. For the Vegetarians there is the Paneer Singada, a lovely mix of veggies, water chestnuts and cottage cheese.
I thank Meghna every time for being the one who brought back my love for ice-creams. She reminds me that as an adult, it’s still okay to scoop the last bit of the ice-cream from a cup with Oh So Stoned! There from that dessert-ified mind of hers, she has concocted the best Cheesecake which is the reason I’m ready to travel countless times to Saffron Mantra. The set Cheesecake with quality philadelphia cheese enough to make me go back for more, topped off with the most delicious caramel sauce. It is the perfect end to a meal.
Saffron Mantra isn’t just a restaurant for me. It’s a place which oozes passion with whatever is served at the table. Rohan and Meghna have done a wonderful job with this place and the warmth is expressed in what they serve. So when driving down to the area where Biryani rules, take a break away from tradition and indulge in the food that Saffron Mantra has to offer.
Address : The Purple Leaf Hotel, Karkhana, Secunderabad
Phone: 040 66006600 / +91 7702446611
Photos Courtesy : Saffron Mantra FB Page.