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Overall 4.7 / 5.0

Modern Indian cuisine in a hip, clean setting

Saffron Circle

Riverton, UT – $$ – Indian – Casual
Sifter Critique

Brandon O.Author & Photographer - Published August 2020

Overview

This hidden gem should be on your list! It’s the type of restaurant you would expect to find in a major city, not Herriman or Riverton. Indian food is one of our favorite cuisines. We constantly seek it out while traveling. I must say, Saffron Circle’s quality is similar to restaurants we’ve enjoyed at popular Indian hubs, like Dubai and London. In fact, the owner Lavanya Mahate also runs a restaurant in the United Kingdom too!

Not only is it good, but this is one of the cleanest Indian restaurants that I’ve ever visited! As soon as you walk in, there’s a window view into a spotless, open kitchen with tandoori grills. Next, you’ll be greeted by a stunning environment, perfect for date nights, business meals, or special occasions.

 

4.7

Food

4.5

Value

4.5

Service

5

Ambience

The Food

Most Popular
Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, and Coconut Korma

Saffron prepares their dishes with the freshest ingredients and garnishes their plates with a load of fresh herbs. Each dish is plated beautifully.

Saffron Circle Punjabi samosa Punjabi Samosa (Appetizer)

This dish stands out! Stuffed dumplings with ricotta cheese and potatoes act as the base. It’s smothered by a thick, creamy, rich butter chicken curry. Exposed dumplings offer a slight crunch. Those covered by the gravy turn into a lasagna-like consistency. It’s savory with a subtle sweetness and full of flavor!

Saffron Circle Pakoras Pakoras (Appetizer)

This is a tasty, gluten-free alternative to wheat-fried onion rings and veggies. Saffron Circle coats vegetables and cheese in a chickpea curry-spiced flour. It’s followed by deep-frying. This creates an even, crispy crust, with great texture that’s not too thick. Pair it with their bold-flavored tamarind and mint chutney.

Mango lassie (Beverage)

Add this to elevate your meal. This decadent beverage tasted of sweet, ripe mangos with a hint tanginess from yogurt. It was smooth, cold, and refreshing.

Saffron Circle Coconut korma Coconut korma

The curry comes garnished with crisp, fresh herbs and ripe tomatoes. Savory and umami elements are most present in the dish. Characteristics from the coconut are subtle. Notes of fennel flavor were more pronounced. This flavor profile hasn’t been noticeable in other korma we have tried. A little more of a coconut profile and a dab of sweetness would enhance this dish. 

Saffron Circle Biryani Biryani

This complex dish comes packaged underneath a thin, flaky naan crust. The entree packs bold flavor, yet it’s not overpowering. Saffron Circle added the perfect amount of spices. Caramelized onions add sweetness. The chicken thigh meat is very tender and introduces a needed element of fat. The raita cucumber yogurt sauce is cool and adds contrast to the dish.

Tikka masala

This dish is everything that you would expect from an amazing tikka masala. Expect a classic, creamy tomato flavor with well-balanced spices. Tender, white chicken thigh meat completes the dish.

Saffron Circle Lamb vindaloo Lamb vindaloo

Oily tomato base with spice and potatoes. We ordered it mild but it still packed a little heat. The lamb is tender and salty, but not overly seasoned.

Saffron Circle Sweet and nutty naan Sweet and nutty naan 

If you enjoy sweetbread, then order this! Buttery with sweet notes of raisins and finely ground nuts serve as the base filling. I found that it paired well with the curry and added a subtle nuttiness to each dish.

Saffron Circle Garlic Naan Garlic naan

Great flavor! Perfectly browned, soft, and chewy. Glazed with garlic oil and garnished with fresh herbs.

Value

Entrees run from $11 to $14, comparable with other Indian restaurants in the valley. The food quality is high, and we believe Saffron Circle could easily charge more for their food. When you go, we recommend that you order family style. Get a starter, a few curries, and naan to share.

Dietary Needs

Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are all highlighted using abbreviations on their menu.

*Food prepared in this establishment may contain wheat, shellfish, dairy, eggs, soy, and nuts. Please ask the establishment prior to consuming any food.

Service

This was impressive, to say the least. I’ve never experienced this level of service before at an Indian restaurant. The waiter was patient and helpful as we made our selection. Out drinks were kept full and our food was delivered in a timely manner. The waiter also inquired about allergies upfront.

Ambiance

The restaurant is clean, contemporary, and well lit. If you enjoy outdoor seating, they offer that too. Aside from the cleanliness, I loved their open kitchen concept. Right when we walked in, we could see the line-cooks baking naan in the tandoori grills. It adds to the experience.

Our Verdict

This is arguably one of the best Indian restaurants in the state. As one of our new favorites restaurants, I expect to become a regular!

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Price Per Person $10 to $20

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