I came to know about Saffron because one of my high school friends had their high school graduation party here. The food was great then and it still is. However, Saffron has moved to another location, literally right down the street.
Anywho, Saffron still is really good. My family and I try a new Indian restaurant every 1 to 2 months in the suburbs, and so far Saffron is the only one that is consistently good.
My last visit was this Saturday (Jan 18, 2014). Since its move to the new location (sorry I don't have the address), I have visited here 3 times in the past year.
Food -- 9 out of 10
Service -- 10 out of 10
Price -- 6 out of 10
Environment -- 8 out of 10
Cleanliness -- 10 out of 10
Staff & Friendliness -- 10 out of 10
Now I know what you may be thinking, aren't these ratings rather high, Ray?
Nope. I truly feel that this restaurant deserves this score.
Food --- Every time I'm seated, I'm served with fresh papad (papar) with 3 sauces (red, green and a spicy sauce/chutney). Trust me, its really good!!! I never order appetizers and go straight for the main course. Their Paneer Makhani is the bomb! Seriously the best one I've had in Illinois. Their Vegetable Jalfrezi is pretty good too. And we normally order Onion Kulchas, Tandoori Roti and Butter Naan (all breads/rotis are made to perfection).... Food always pleases, and if you get a dish that's dissatisfying, if you ask nice and tell them the reason, they will substitute another dish in. Been there and done that.
Service --- I feel their service is great. The most recent time I went, they weren't too busy, so it may be a bit biased, but they were on top of it. Like if water was below half a glass, they immediately refilled. They came back as soon as they spotted a naan basket that finished and they were just chill people to talk to. Also the deserve the perfect 10, because they were so understanding about replacing the dish that we ordered.
Price --- Now, I'm brown so I guess price matters a bit. Hah. But really, there are some items on the menu that I feel aren't worth the price. For example, they had some Vegetable Pakoras in the appetizer menu. The price was somewhere around $14, when asked the waiter, he said there were 3-4 pieces, it just didn't seem reasonable when you can get a full 2 baskets of naan or a dish for that price, you know.
Environment --- Here I'm referring to the feel of the restaurant and the ambiance. The restaurant features darker colored walls and carpet. Lights are between dim and bright. The bar is lit with just enough light. There's 3 rooms, the main dinning room, the food room (center) and the other room (probably for parties and functions).
Cleanliness --- Part of what makes a restaurant successful and worthy of a 5 star rating is how clean is the place? Spic-and-span I tell you! Bathrooms are clean too, so that's a plus. Dish and glasses don't seem to have any stains (I've seen some Indian restaurants have)...
Staff & Friendliness --- The last time I visited, the staff was awesome. Friendly, clean-shaven, polite and helpful. In fact, the restaurant owner greeted us toward the end of the meal and we had a good conversation. Nice fella.
So yes, I greatly favor this restaurant and will definitely visit them in the near future. Just remember that they have moved from their original location! They are now located just down the stream next to a Laundry Mat in the corner of a somewhat-empty complex.
By the way, for the penny pinchers, I've seen Saffron Coupons available of Groupon multiple times and on Restaurant.com, so its worth checking that out first..