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Cafe Saffron

Who are they

Cafe Saffron on Hills Lane, facing onto the Rowleys House car park is an Indian restaurant and takeaway, with a fine and long established reputation in town. Abdul Husen, as well as being a genuniely nice guy, is also an award winning chef, with best Curry chef in Shropshire and Curry chef of the year by Curry life magazine.

What do they offer

As you can see from their website, the "old favourites" are all listed, but if you really like the food of India and Bangladesh, head for their exclusive dishes section. Tawa Labra is a definite recommendation, being the chef's signature dish. I shall resist writing about their twelve(!) different types of naan breads, and their amazing Persian Biryani, in case I make myself too hungry.

Why do we like them

It is one of the first Indian restaurants I remember eating in here in Shrewsbury and the food really was of a high quality. Fortunately for restaurant owners, it is actually quite difficult to make a curry that tastes bad. Fortunately, because there are plenty of takeaways especially, but also restaurants, who are happy to use a standard base masala and only adapt it very slightly for each of the dishes they serve. It's a short cut that saves time and money, but it doesn't demonstrate good quality Indian food. Making each dish properly is what makes the likes of Cafe Saffron stand out. Each dish tastes completely different, as it should.

We also like the staff. Abdul, Azad and their team clearly want everybody to have a great time. The waiters are charming and attentive without being overbearing, and the kitchen staff are a talented bunch who obviously care about what they send out to the dining room. And with a five star hygiene rating, what more could you ask for?

Who are they

Cafe Saffron on Hills Lane, facing onto the Rowleys House car park is an Indian restaurant and takeaway, with a fine and long established reputation in town. Abdul Husen, as well as being a genuniely nice guy, is also an award winning chef, with best Curry chef in Shropshire and Curry chef of the year by Curry life magazine.

What do they offer

As you can see from their website, the "old favourites" are all listed, but if you really like the food of India and Bangladesh, head for their exclusive dishes section. Tawa Labra is a definite recommendation, being the chef's signature dish. I shall resist writing about their twelve(!) different types of naan breads, and their amazing Persian Biryani, in case I make myself too hungry.

Why do we like them

It is one of the first Indian restaurants I remember eating in here in Shrewsbury and the food really was of a high quality. Fortunately for restaurant owners, it is actually quite difficult to make a curry that tastes bad. Fortunately, because there are plenty of takeaways especially, but also restaurants, who are happy to use a standard base masala and only adapt it very slightly for each of the dishes they serve. It's a short cut that saves time and money, but it doesn't demonstrate good quality Indian food. Making each dish properly is what makes the likes of Cafe Saffron stand out. Each dish tastes completely different, as it should.

We also like the staff. Abdul, Azad and their team clearly want everybody to have a great time. The waiters are charming and attentive without being overbearing, and the kitchen staff are a talented bunch who obviously care about what they send out to the dining room. And with a five star hygiene rating, what more could you ask for?

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avatar Julian's review
I have always had a passion for Indian food. Indeed I may make it my goal to eat my way through every Indian restaurant in town. A recent celebration served as a good excuse to hit the town in an edible manner. After reading about Cafe Saffron we decided to give it a try. Located above a row of shops near the Welsh bridge, the restaurant also provides a take-away service. We visited on a Friday night and although we booked ahead, there was still plenty of room in the spacious dining room with it's big arch windows, perfect for watching the Shrewsbury nightlife passing on the street below.

Great menu. Lots of choice and lots of dishes I hadn't heard of before. We each tried a new dish of medium spiciness and both were good size portions and tasted very good. Typically I preferred my fellow diners choice - why does that always happen? Each dish on the menu has a chile pepper rating ranging from one to four. Actually I think the Naga curry was rated hotter than a Phal at five chile peppers. But I wasn't about to test the theory. The waiters were very friendly and attentive and we weren't kept waiting for any part of our meal. I would definitely visit again (once I have completed my Shrewsbury Indian food mission of course).



avatar Dave Greenaway's review
Food: - Absolutely amazing, I would give them 5 out of 5 for every time I've been there, if you are not keen on a lot of spice etc, they will alter all meals for your taste. Their meals are full of flavour, with plenty of everything e.g. meat and sauce. There is just the right amount of choice on the menu. We did not have to await ages for our food but it was not rushed either, though they actually ask if you are ready for your next course, We found that there the portion size is more than value for money, e.g 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 naan breads, one rice, bottle of Chianti wine and 2 bottles of water, And of course two deserts all for 38.00.They do a special Gourmet offer on Sundays 9.95 for 5 courses.

The staff are always friendly and make you feel at home. I would definitely advise anyone looking for a decent Indian meal to try out this restaurant.



avatar Gail's review
Abdul and all his team at this fantastic restaurant made sure that 25 of us had a brilliant night. The food is the best Indian food I have ever eaten, the service is perfect (and very entertaining) and the atmosphere is wonderful. Sorting out a party was no problem for Abdul - he even rang me to confirm the numbers and couldn't do enough for us! Still want to know what the very strong shot was that Azad gave to me whilst paying the bill!! Will always come back here whenever I return to Shrewsbury - many many thanks again from Gail and all the party from Barbers Estate Agents.



avatar curry holic keith's review
Moved to Shrewsbury recently and was worried I would miss the excellent indian restaurants in Tooting, South London. However, been to Cafe Saffron indian restaurant twice and been pleasantly surprised by the service, ambiance and the food. The staff are attentive, despite the fact that the restaurant is often busy, and are very polite. The food is excellent - wonderful poppadoms and dips, and lovely fresh nan with some imaginative curries and specials. You may need to book at popular times, as the restaurant seems popular with work outings for birthdays and the like.



avatar Emma B's review
Visited Cafe Saffron as part of an overnight stay that came with watching our team play at The New Meadow. Chose this restaurant on recommendation from a local - and what a great recommendation it turned out to be. Abdul and his team of various 'advisors' were absolutely first class. Willing to share a laugh and a joke with a group of slightly inebriated tourists, the service and food were both excellent. Would definitely make an effort to visit the next time I am in Shrewsbury!



avatar Visitor's review
My partner & I are on a short break in Shrewsbury & fancied a curry so looked up places to go. We chose saffron cafe. When we first entered the restaurant I wondered if we'd made the right choice as the entrance wasn't in great condition & was dated. We ordered the murgh mossollom & mixed tikka grill. The food was DELICIOUS!! Staff were attentive but not over the top. I'd definitely recommend the place - and if they can run to a bit of a make over I'd give it 5 stars! :)



avatar No tomato Tony's review
What a fantastic resturant to eat in, food the best by far in Shropshire, the staff like to get to know you,Abdul is such a superb host, how does he combine this with cooking all the dishes on offer?
When in Shrewsbury do not miss this resturant, we attend on a very regular basis and have never left disappointed or hungry.
See you soon at Cafe Saffron
T & J



avatar n jones's review
love this place we have to have one at least once a week now :)
we will be going there to pick up our take away in about 1hr 30 mins :D can't wait :P what should i have?? :/
Chicken tikka masala, pathia or balti ummmm (sorry can't spell them)
such a great place though seriously



avatar Anish's review
I was visiting from the US and had a wonderful dinner here with friends from Shrewsbury. The food was exceptionally tasty and the service was very hospitable. Abdul took very good care of us. I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for authentic indian food in Shropshire.



avatar Katey and Joe! 's review
We love cafe saffron!! And we can't believe there is only a 5 rating, should be 10 :)
Service and food is excellent! Our regular restaurant! can not believe we are not horribly overweight from coming here all the time!



avatar Grandad Bobbysox's review
well done to the Wednesbury Wizard on winning the competition Your culinary skills are only exceeded by your charm and good looks ! Nice one Abdul See you soon - Grandad Bobbysox



avatar Visitor's review
Lovely food, great portion size (not too much not too little), service is good. The only thing I could say that is negative is that the restaurant is a little bit small.



avatar jessie l's review
GOOD SERVICE and excellent food, lovely spicy curries and fresh vegatables, i woul recommend this restaurant and would definatly return, FANTASTIC!



avatar Mo Pullen's review
The best Indian restaurant anywhere!!!
First class food, first class ambiance, first class service (always with a smile).
Why go anywhere else?



avatar Grandad Bobbysox (Mr Round)'s review
The Wendesbury Wizard never fails - nice one Abdul!Well done for recognising the NHS and Emergency Services with your reward card.



avatar Colin Dowse's review
Without a doubt the best indian restaurant for miles - the cooking is spectacular.



avatar Tom's review
Very very good, good service, high quality curry, best in shrewsbury,



avatar marion curtis's review
Really enjoyed it here - Fab!


Most recent review:

Cafe Saffron Reviewed by Visitor on . My partner & I are on a short break in Shrewsbury & fancied a curry so looked up places to go. We chose saffron cafe. When we first entered the restaurant I wondered if we'd made the right choice as the entrance wasn't in great condition & was dated. We ordered the murgh mossollom & mixed tikka grill. The food was DELICIOUS!! Staff were attentive but not over the top. I'd definitely recommend the place - and if they can run to a bit of a make over I'd give it 5 stars! :) Rating: 5


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