Restauranteur Rahul Bhatia opened Saffron Indian Kitchen in Ambler in December 2009. Their milder menu has left first-timers wanting more.
“Our food has been geared towards a diverse clientele. It’s tasty and mild. Our specialty is Indian food without the excessive spice,” Rahul said. “We still have people come in who say they’ve never tried Indian food, and they love it.”
According to Rahul, Saffron’s best-selling items tend to be chicken marsala with rice and an array of kebabs.
“We want people to come and try us out. We offer vegan and vegetarian options as well. There are plenty of choices for newcomers. People are interested in trying different foods nowadays,” he said.
Saffron’s first location opened in 2009 in Bala Cynwyd, and a sister location in Wayne opened in 2017. Rahul runs Saffron with his wife, Ruchi, who handles the kitchen end of the business.
“She’s always trying new things. Every time we visit India, we’re looking for new dishes that we can introduce to Ambler,” he said. “It’s a happening town with a lot of foot traffic. The town is always hosting fairs and festivals, which is great exposure. We’ve had a loyal customer base over the past 14 years.”
The Bhatias have done their best to stay active with the Ambler community and have participated in multiple fundraiser events with local churches, schools and non-profit organizations.
For more on Saffron Indian Kitchen, located at 60 E Butler Avenue, you can visit their Facebook page and website.
Photos: Jason Bleecher