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Jul 14, 2008 07:21 AM

Saffron Restaurant Downtown -- tasty indian

has anyone else been to this indian place in DTLA: it's in the basement of 505 s flower.

first time I went it was pretty crowded at noon, so instead I waited and ordered in dinner at work (they deliver) and it was quite good. Eaten from there many times since: really like the chicken tikka masala and tofu tikka masala. I probably eat there 2-3 times a week now, b/c I work downtown.

does anyone know if they have any other locations?


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  1. I've been there once and that was enough. It was probably the worst "Indian" food I've ever had... I put Indian in quotes because it didn't rank high on the authenticity scale. I had the chicken tikka masala which had very little flavor and the rice was so undercooked that it was almost crunchy. It was so bad, I only ate about half of it and threw out the rest.

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    1. re: soniabegonia

      REALLY??? I eat there 3-4 times a week (probably run into Fan Futbol, not knowing it) and order the Chicken tikka masala and Channa masala. These two dishes are my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E!!! I don't have any complaints on the rice because it's a hell of a lot better than the other places down there. My only complaint is the LONG ass line during my lunch hour, although it moves pretty quickly... Soooo worth the wait especially with their service- puts me at ease. My office had our meeting catered by them and it was a hit!!

    2. Tried it when they opened, haven't been back since. Bland masala led to an overall disappointing meal, and what is up with those crispy noodle things (reminiscent of the "won ton" croutons that come in a pre-made asian salad)? Didn't try the naan, thought the rice was cooked fine, and the prices are a little high for a food court ($10 for meal w/ drink). I'd rather eat at that little Korean deli next to the post office or @ great steak when I'm at 5th/Flower.

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      1. re: MeAndroo

        Who eats Indian without trying the naan?!? That is my favorite thing about Indian food.

        1. re: andytseng

          Someone who doesn't feel like waiting on top of paying 2 bucks for 1 piece in a food court. I also thought the included rice would cover my starch craving...alas, I was mistaken.

          1. re: MeAndroo

            Naan is $.95.
            And made-to-order in our tandoor oven as you watch.

            1. re: MeAndroo

              I got 2 pieces of naan for about $1 and my order took about 5 minutes to complete

              1. re: Ernie

                So it's 2 for $1? Or $1 each? How big is each piece?

                1. re: MeAndroo

                  2 pieces for $1. Each piece was about the size of a large slice of pizza

        2. I found it inoffensive at worst and pretty darn tasty at best. It's obviously not Artesia-quality Indian for which you'd drive a half-hour, but it's a good lunch option.