Food-fusion lovers rejoice for Saffron Mantra
classic Indian dishes on the menu. The lamb rogan josh is tender and richly flavoured, and the butter chicken is a creamy, rich rendition.
It’s also the first restaurant in town that I’ve seen use the bhut jolokia pepper. This is the infamous “ghost pepper” of northeastern India that is 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. Anand mixes it into an aioli with smoked tomatoes to slather on a housemade burger. Beware, this is for hotheads only.
Saffron Mantra also does breakfast Tuesday through Sunday with traditional bacon-and-egg dishes, as well as a chicken tikka omelette, and a curry rice bowl topped with fried-onion fritters.
Their biggest challenge is the location. Place the Saffron Mantra concept on 17th Avenue or in Mission and it would be packed from opening until close. But this area of Thorncliffe, lovely though it may be, is not known as a hotbed of restaurants. So Saffron Mantra is one for the food adventurers, for those who like to search out hidden gems and their unique cuisine.
One other note: Saffron Mantra does corkage for $12 per bottle.
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Saffron Mantra, which offers a fusion of Indian and French, is owned by Rohan Anand, right, here with director Gurpreet Singh Dhaliwal.