Saffron, modern Indian dining restaurant, to open in Red Bank 

Saffron, a new restaurant with a uniquely modern twist to traditional Indian cuisine, will open to the public in Red Bank on Dec. 15.

Located in the on 31 W. Front St., at the site of the former Front Street Trattoria, Saffron will offer an elevated dining experience using new-age culinary techniques, artful presentation and contemporary design.

Saffron — a dark yellow aromatic material obtained from fresh blossoms, a spice that adds a golden hue and flavor to any cuisine — was inaugurated by its first-ever restaurant in the historic Third Ward of Downtown Milwaukee, co-owned by Fatima Kumar and Hanish Kumar.

Through several years of research and planning, Monmouth County-based locals and owners Amrita Jogi and Manish Kumar, along with Executive Chef Abhishek Patil, worked together to find an exquisite space and develop a menu that pushes the boundaries of Indian cuisine by incorporating western techniques and flavors experienced outside the home and blending them with the traditional spices and aromas.

“We’ve been looking for the perfect spot to open Saffron in New Jersey and are incredibly grateful to be part of such a warm and welcoming community,” Jogi said. “Seeing the whole process take shape and visitors from near and far stopping in and gushing over how excited they are for us to open makes my heart full.”

The newly renovated 1,700-square-foot space with over 70 seats will showcase the luxury of old-world Indian royalty. The interior design features accents of gold, hand-painted murals and marble tables, which were hand-selected to give this space a modern facelift.

The vibe is as rich as the food Saffron wants guests to indulge in. The owners said every cuisine has a story to tell, and the food at Saffron exemplifies the celebration of
combining a contemporary interpretation of Indian food without compromising the authentic regional flavors of age-old Indian dishes.

With over a decade of experience, Patil and his team pay homage to the authentic flavors India offers from all its regions and present them to audiences who may have never tried Indian food before. The menu is curated to be inclusive yet brings a multifaceted flavor profile to the table.

“From the beginning, our vision was clear. We wanted guests to transport to a new experience that will make them feel they traveled to India,” Patil said. “I have created an exceptional menu of authentically using nontraditional ingredients while incorporating futuristic technology and plating methods that invite guests to interact with the food.”

More than a restaurant, Saffron aims to change people’s perception of what Indian cuisine can be by creating elevated dishes from all regions of the country — like a road trip for their pallet.

Along with this, they also cater to everyone’s dietary needs by offering organic, vegan,
gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, halal and kosher options.

Saffron invites the local community to join it at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15 to celebrate its official ribbon-cutting ceremony and experience the exquisite world of Indian cuisine.