345 10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour NSW        Contact details
Barbecue, Indian, Tandoori
Fri hours:
06:00 to 10:00, 12:00 to 14:30, 18:00 to 22:30    View schedule
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Zaaffran Schedule
Dining Schedule
12:00 to 14:30
18:00 to 21:30
12:00 to 14:30
18:00 to 21:30
12:00 to 14:30
18:00 to 21:30
12:00 to 14:30
18:00 to 21:30
12:00 to 14:30
18:00 to 21:30
06:00 to 10:00
12:00 to 14:30
18:00 to 22:30
06:00 to 10:00
12:00 to 14:30
18:00 to 22:30
Contact details - Zaaffran
345 10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour NSW
(02) 9211 8900
(02) 9211 8995
  • Latest User Reviews

    The good: Starters were extremely good (CHOOKUNDAR KAY GILAVAAT and TANDOORI AACHARI PANEER) Service was friendly. Ambience was great. The bad: They took close to 2 hours to serve two of us!...

    Well where do I start. This was the best dining experience my partner and I have ever had. The service was fantastic (thankyou Jennifer) and the food was exceptional, beautifully prepared, and in a...

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    • Overall 10 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 10  |  Service 10

      Well where do I start. This was the best dining experience my partner and I have ever had. The service was fantastic (thankyou Jennifer) and the food was exceptional, beautifully prepared, and in ample portions. I recommend the bbq banquet for variety and value for money. Dinner at Zaaffran was the highlight of our weekend away in Sydney.

    • Overall 9.8 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 10  |  Service 9

      All the food we ordered was excellent and we can certainly recommend this restaurant to other vegetarians. The only criticism we have is that it took them half an hour to serve our drinks. I don't think they were under the impression that we didn't want them until the meal was served. Apart from this, the waiters were very good - just the rjght degree of friendliness.

    • Overall 8.3 |  Food 8  |  Ambience 8  |  Value 8  |  Service 9

      My first visit, was late as per our reservation but we got a our table asap. Food was awesome, the lamb and chicken were really succulent and, the naan kulcha were light and reminded me of eating naan back in India. Will be back with friends again for sure. The manager took really good care of us..thumbs up... all the way

    • Overall 8 |  Food 8  |  Ambience 7  |  Value 8  |  Service 9

      My husband and I had a wonderful night, thank you for the great food and service.

    • Overall 8.8 |  Food 9  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 8  |  Service 9

      absolute bliss recommend to anyone

    • Overall 8.8 |  Food 9  |  Ambience 7  |  Value 9  |  Service 10

      I have visited Zaaffran again after a long time. I was blown away with their new, BBQ menu. The lamb ribs and chicken minced kebabs were to die for. Symphony of flavours, colours and aromas. Not like any other ribs you can get in typical BBQ establishments - all in the same sauce - this was a masterpiece. Value for money was also grat - we have taken avail of the Facebook introductory offer - BBQ BQT for $35 per person. Not bad for a prime food and absolutely unbeatable location! Zaaffran is now renovating and I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised with a new look restrooms. No more mirrors everywhere, bright and spacious interior. Will definitely be back.

    • Overall 4.3 |  Food 5  |  Ambience 5  |  Value 2  |  Service 5

      Pretty expensive

    • Overall 8 |  Food 9  |  Ambience 7  |  Value 8  |  Service 8

      Relaxed dining atmosphere.

    • Overall 9.5 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 9  |  Service 10

      We were gifted 100$ voucher for Zaaffran restaurant from our friends. So we decided to try Zaaffran. We have heard about this restaurant a lot on 2UE radio before but never tried. It was a nice Sunday afternoon. We were welcomed by a very smart host. We were seated second next to window. We ordered a bottle of Western Australia Sauvignon Blanc. Wine was very fresh and crisp. Our starters were delicious. We ordered corn fritters and Chicken tikka. We requested some extra dips to our waiter and he was happy to get us that. Chicken tikka was the best I have ever had. For our mains we ordered Lobster Meat, Diced lamb curry and seasonal vegetables and rice preparation. Lobster curry was recommended by our waiter and was very delicious. It was served with salad and some rice thing. Our waiter told us how to eat it Indian style. It was very interactive. Lamb was good too. Vegetarian rice dish was very flavoursome. For our desert, we tried a rice and milk preparation. I don’t remember its name, but it was very fresh and had taste of cardamom. We also had Indian tea which was awesome. At the end, we end up spending more than our voucher. But it was worth spending that amount as the food, service and scenery was all spectacular. We will be back surely.

    • Overall 6 |  Food 5  |  Ambience 5  |  Value 6  |  Service 8

      a bit disappointed in the food, not the best Indian food I have tasted in Sydney, however, we did enjoy ourselves, the restaurant wasn't busy so we had good service.

    • Overall 8 |  Food 8  |  Ambience 7  |  Value 8  |  Service 9

      A warm welcome good food and GREAT service our waitress was first class could not fault her. However the amenities were (in my opinion) in need of a little T.L.C. and once again (in my opinion) should be checked during the course of the evening, will go again.

    • Overall 6.5 |  Food 7  |  Ambience 7  |  Value 5  |  Service 7

      Food was above average. A bit expensive though. This could be a function of location. One of the dishes, though highly recommended by the server, was a complete disaster. Good place if you are dining on expense account otherwise there are better places to spend your money

    • Overall 9 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 8  |  Service 9

      By far our favourite Indian Restaurant. The service is excellent, the location is excellent, the food is spectacular. Highly recommended !

    • Overall 5.3 |  Food 6  |  Ambience 4  |  Value 5  |  Service 6

      I had high hopes for the dining experience but the food, whilst tasty, was no better than our local Indian, even though the menu read better. Amongst a small team of waiters who seemed excrutiatingly "green" , one shining star was very helpful, steering us away from initial choices which she described as oily!!! From what was not a cheap dinner, we expected considerably more

    • Overall 9 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 8  |  Service 9

      Wonderful aspect, sensational flavours, great wine list and superb service. Highly recommended.

    • Overall 6 |  Food 8  |  Ambience 7  |  Value 5  |  Service 4

      We went there on our first anniversary, so it was a special occasion. But we felt very unwelcome even when I mentioned. The waiters were in an excessive hurry and showed little courtesy. One of the waiters who finally waited on us when we moved to a different table was definitely more professional than the other. But that speak poorly for the restaurant which prides itself in Indian ethos. The first step toward Indian ethos is hospitality and this is the basic expectation when you go into a place like Zaaffran. The manager (not sure he was the manager) was impolite, presumptous, and had no listening skills. I am shocked how these people are put at the reception desk greeting customers. The food was good, with the Reshmi kabab starters being the dish of the day. I was personally happy with the mains as well, my wife would not agree. Overall, still a good place to go to but I will NOT be visiting in a LONG time to come.

    • Overall 9.3 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 9  |  Service 9

      Terrific food and excellent service! Enjoyed the mouth-watering prawns, & the curry sauce was really delicious. Great service from the staff. Everything was impeccably clean & welcoming. Good value for money. The best Indian restaurant in the city, especially being situated on Darling Harbour, with a great view!

    • Overall 8.5 |  Food 9  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 8  |  Service 8

      my experience at zaffran was an exciting and memorable one. the helpful and friendly staff, and the mouthwatering sensational food was once again a special evening for me.i have recommended this restaurant to all my friends, and hope that they share in the same experience i have.

    • Overall 8.5 |  Food 8  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 7  |  Service 10

      Great view over Darling Harbour and excellent service.

    • Overall 8 |  Food 8  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 7  |  Service 8

      Nice Restaurant, lovely views. Waiter was happy to serve at any time, and was pleasant. Menu didnt have much choice. We wanted a lunch with variety (such as the canapes menu presented on their online menu, which we couldnt have as we were not a function!!) Overall it was a nice lunch.

    • Overall 10 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 10  |  Service 10

      Very nice atmosphere! The group enjoyed immensely! Thank you. Regards Josie

    • Overall 9.5 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 8  |  Service 10

      terrific venue with excellent harbour views, excellent unobtrusive service and Fantastic cocktails.

    • Overall 9.3 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 8  |  Service 10

      Great restaurant. Very good food and service. Prices slightly high, but worth it -- you pay for what you get!

    • Overall 5.8 |  Food 7  |  Ambience 8  |  Value 5  |  Service 3

      I have been to Zaaffran on a few occasions and have always been impressed. However, on this visit, the service was apalling. It took about 10 minutes for us to receive a menu and then another 10 minutes for our orders to be taken and we had to expedite our drinks order because it was taking too long and then the starters were cold. Fortunately, everything improved after this and the main meals and deserts were really good.

    • Overall 9 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 7  |  Service 10

      Nice restaurant.

    • Overall 6.5 |  Food 8  |  Ambience 8  |  Value 6  |  Service 4

      Last time our fish dishes were superb, this time they were ordinary. The lamb cutlets were overcooked, dry and Very dissapointing.. We took along 1st timers after our rave reviews,so was a little let down. Other dishes good. We waited a long time for our order to be taken. Was told Our Waiter was Late??? Would maye go back, but would select different meals. This was out 3rd time there, and had usual high expectations. So dissapointed.

  • Awards

    2008 - Menulog Award - Gold  

  • Restaurant Details


    Vikrant Kapoor - Vikrant Kapoor was born and educated in India. He has been trained in the rich and intricate art of Indian cooking, a passion for which was nurtured at an early age. After completing his diploma in the premier cooking school of India, he joined the Taj Mahal hotel in 1987. It is here that after dabbling in other cuisines and getting general training, he decided to forge a career in Indian Cuisine. After four years of hard work on a very rigorous schedule, he embarked on a new posting with the Oberoi Group of Hotels to Baghdad in Iraq as a Chef of their Indian Kitchen operations for banquets and restaurant. The first Gulf War saw him repatriated to India, where he was quickly appointed by the Welcomgroup in Sheraton at Searock in Mumbai. He was the youngest Chef to ever head the entire kitchen brigade in both the Searock Sheraton & the Rajputana Sheraton in Jaipur. A chance phone call from an associate saw him being placed at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. In 1994 he was appointed to take the reins at one if its finest dining outlets - The Tiffin Room. Under his stewardship the restaurant achieved even greater recognition. It was voted among the top 100 restaurants in the Tattlers Guide. He was also instrumental in spreading the gospel of its fine cuisine to different parts of the world. In the year 1998 his desire to live and work in Australia turned to reality when he met two brothers from Bombay who shared the same passion for Indian food and all things Indian. That was a keystone to launch Zaaffran. The restaurant opened its doors in 1998. As they say: “the rest is history”. Chef Kapoor’s precise style of preparation and presentation of Indian specialties is exceptional and outstanding. Apart from being garnered with numerous press citations, awards and accolades in recognition for his divine food, Kapoor also puts out excellent articles on the cuisine scene all about India. Vikrant Kapoor has shared his passion for Indian Cuisine in all parts of the world, through Food Festivals & Forums. He showcased his skills at the Gourmet Festival in St Moritz, Hediard Paris, Prince Hotels in Maui & Waikiki, as well as Arabella Grand Frankfurt. He was also selected by the Singapore Tourism Board to present Singaporean Food Fare in the Asia Pacific region. In addition, this young and ambitious Chef catered for many Dignitaries & Celebrities the World over.

    Amex, Cash, Eftpos, Mastercard, Visa
    City views, Dress smart casual, Licensed, Outside dining area, Private dining area, Secure parking, Smoking area, Takeaway, Water views, Wheelchair access
    Child-friendly, Contemporary, Relaxed, Romantic, Suitable for business, Traditional, Trendy
    Diabetic Option, Gluten Free, Halal, Jain, Peanut Free Option, Vegan Option, Vegetarian option
    Cocktail, Formal, Presentation, Sit down
    Suitable for
    Birthday/Anniversary, Business lunch/dinner, Christmas party, Other
  • Large Groups Information

    Please contact Zaaffran for more details

    Group booking policy For groups of 8 or more Reservation Form with Credit Card Guarantee may be required. - download (pdf)

    Group cancellation policy Please contact Zaaffran for information on group bookings cancellation policy.

    Minimum patrons classed as a group 8

  • Private Dining

    Area Capacity Seated Capacity Standing
    Entire Restaurant 220 350
    Main Room 140 200
    Function Room 30 40
    Balcony 60 100
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