On Thursday 11th October thirty guests including Kingston Mayor Thay Thayalan and his wife Lata, the Lady Mayor, journalists, foodbloggers and local business leaders attended a special awards lunch at Saffron Summer Indian restaurant in Chessington.
The lunch began with a live street food station serving delicious Gol Gappa, a spicy street food shot and Bel Puri – puffed rice vegetables with a tangy dressing. Canapes served during the VIP dinner included tandoori guinea fowl, tandoori chicken tikka, lamb seekh kebab wrapped in Rumali bread, Aloo Bonda and Dahi Puri.
Chef Awanish Roy trained at the famous Oberoi hotels in India before moving to London to work in the cinnamon club. VIP guest and Cobra Good Curry Guide editor Pat Chapman presented a certificate of excellence to Awanish Roy. Indian born Chapman has written 34 books, with international sales topping 1.5 million copies.
Saffron summer is the number one Indian restaurant on the trip advisor review website, where it currently stands in the top three of all dining establishments regardless of cuisine.
The bowl food of lamb biryani, butter chicken with pulao rice, wild boar vindaloo with steamed rice, cauliflower dumplings with fried rice demonstrated why Saffron Summer has also been shortlisted for a prestigious Asian curry award at Grosevenor House in Mayfair.
Highlights of the lunch for me included the gol gapa a very popular Indian street food similar to samosas stuffed with fresh chickpeas and spicy potato. Delicious Dahi Puri a savoury snack originating from the Indian subcontinent of tangy potato and yogurt in a semolina shell. The authentic wild boar vindaloo, a surprisingly light, garlicky, fragrant dish from Goa in south west India which is nothing like the chicken versions served in the UK.
My favourite dish of all was the lamb biryani cooked in layers of steamed rice, with saffron butter and whole spices. This curry seemed simple but was full of fresh flavours. A perfect dish for entertaining and making an impression.
It was a great honour for Surrey Kitchen to be invited to Saffron Summer’s V.I.P lunch and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for the team at the Grovesnor house awards in Mayfair.
Saffron Summer has some great weekly offers including Monday and Tuesday special of a 2 course meal and a drink for just £14.95 per head from a fixed special menu created by the restaurants chefs (6-10pm). Every wednesday from 6pm to 10pm you can also try the kebab, biryani and street food fest from £14.95 per head, £8.95 per child below 10 years.