Food-fu­sion lovers re­joice for Saf­fron Mantra

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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.



Colleen De Neve/ Cal­gary Herald

Saf­fron Mantra, which of­fers a fu­sion of In­dian and French, is owned by Ro­han Anand, right, here with di­rec­tor Gur­preet Singh Dhali­wal.

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