Fill 'er up please!
06 November 2009
These guys have continued in adding fuel to the fire and it has eventually paid off! Last week we decided to visit Hollywood Sportsbook due to a good few folk (or just themselves?) raving about the venue through our reviews page submission form, and likewise with Saffron on Florida Road.
A few years ago we wanted to initiate our (then new) work colleague into our brand agency's weekly (wishful thinking) 'bunny run'. We took him round the corner to what was then the previous 'Saffron' - a skanky little hatch in the wall at the side of the Florida Road Shell petrol station. To be frank, the bunny was pathetic and this has stuck in our minds ever since... until today.
The 7 month old 'new' Saffron is owned by Logan (Senior) and his family and has received some serious high octane. It's still at the side of the Shell forecourt but that didn't seem to intrude much and the smell of their curries drowned out any petrol fumes. Service was friendly, a bit slow but I think that's cos' we were getting a bit of the 'extra treament' which came in the form of a tall white chap wearing a suit and tie and a permanent grin on his face, bearing three full side plates of salad and sambals with chillies, side plates for 'the bones', and a wash bowl with lemon slices in it - and a rarely seen pile of serviettes! One of the great things about Indian 'o's take-away/sit-down outlets is that you can buy a 1.5 litre Coke to share and they provide the glasses. Works out a heck lot cheaper on drinks.
The bunnies were well worth the wait and have changed our bad perception of the place. The size was average, a good 'quarter' loaf, and the curry, sambals and bread were all nice 'n fresh. Taste was very hot, the ¼ mutton was tender and had a thick gravy. The ¼ chicken was unusual in that all the meat pieces seemed to come from the same part of the chicken and we're not sure where but was tasty non the less. (It also dawned on my colleague, when we got back to the office, that he'd got no potato, and was rather bummed about that.) And the ¼ broad beans was splendid as is mostly the case. Not sure why the small sample of diced veg on the top though? All round they scored an average of 18/25 with us.
Recently rated by the Sunday Times as one of top 3 bunny spots in Durban, Saffron is open 24 hours on a Fri/Sat and they do quite a busy trade with being on the popular Florida Road. The price was a bit steep but OK if you choose to sit-down and get the 'suit and tie' waiter and trimmings. We do wonder why there is an extra R8.00 charge on the de-boned chicken and de-boned mutton?
They also make a fine mutton birjani and sell curries, roti's, burgers, hotdogs and sandwiches. This spot is good late-night/early-morning competition for Johnny's/Sunrise and could work well as a drive-through.
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Photos: © 2009 Luke Comins
Hah, did you get a huge plate of sambals with your bunny like we did?
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