A good few years ago while we were staying in Mirdif – we’ve visited a certain Indian restaurant that we talk fondly about. Unfortunately we haven’t got to visit it again, that place was called Zafran. I’ve just found out the very same place was to re-open with a new bistro concept adding a modern touch with a more affordable menu. This was an exciting news for us as we really love the old place and was really excited with the revamp.
Last week, we had the privilege to try the new menu and had a memorable tour of the new restaurant and what an experience it was. When we arrived we were amazed at the very casual inspired design in the front and a comfortable discreet lounge at the back. I can’t state enough how much I love the new design. The colours they use are so cool and different from the other Indian restaurant I’ve been to before.
The menu was really fresh with some cool concepts. We decided to go for the chefs recommendations. As soon as we sat we were greeted with wonderful popodoms and a variety of home-made chutneys. These were amazing especially the beetroot one.
A little later our soup was served. I had a chicken and mushroom soup while Ricky had the tomato and cinnamon one. I was really enjoying my soup. I love its creamy texture with garlicky flavour. Ricky reminded him of classic buttered chicken gravy sauce infused with cinammon and it worked really well.
Look who’s back with a fresh and exciting new menu! We had a fabulous Indian feast at @zafranindianbistro Thanks to the amazing staff and Flo for having us. Grand opening tomorrow at @citycentremirdif 😁 meanwhile you can check out my snaps – touring around the kitchen including their tandoori ovens and extravagant bread making. #foodblog #zafranindianbistro #indianfood #foodporn #vscocam #igersuae
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For the appetizer they recommended us to try the Dahee Kebab, a deep-fried yogurt with coriander dumplings. Its very unique. The chef pointed out how difficult it is to deep fried the yogurt and keep it with such a soft fluffy consistency. I really love this one and it reminded me of very light cheese balls. For those who love dosa the Aloo Tikkia, had a wonderful dosa filling potato cutlets with chickpea masala which is lovely.
Before we head to the mains we were invited to have a tour inside the kitchen. This was an amazing experience. Especially to see the amount of preparation in the tandoori area where we also saw our chef make for us the family sized Nan in front of our face. This thing was huge!
After we met all the lovely kitchen staff we went back for our mains where alongside our giant Nan. We had tandoori king prawns and lamb rogan josh. The tandoori king prawn were out of this world. They were huge and tasted more lobster to me and the wonderful charcoal spicy tandoori coating has left me dreaming of them in recent days.
The lamb is another of their signature dishes and the tender chunks of lamb in a creamy spicy sauce was amazing. Ricky is addicted to popodoms dipped with rogan josh and he made sure all popodoms remaining on the table are finished. My favourite is the Subzi Masala, mixed vegetables with onion and spices. It was very tasty.
To finished our meal we have a small samples of Zafran desserts. The most memorable one for me is the carrot dessert which reminded me of a very sweet carrot cake and Ricky like the Kofi the cool and refreshing traditional ice cream with a Zafran twist.
I would like to thank Flo, Mr. Gaurav and his wonderful team for their polite and welcoming service througout the night. For anyone who fancies modern Indian cuisine at an affordable price head on down to Mirdif City Centre and try Zafran!
Zafran Indian Bistro (across Bateel)
Mirdif City Centre
Follow their Instagram at @zafranindianbistro