Saaz Indian Restaurant in Southampton

Coming from the west as you enter Southampton on Montauk Highway, Saaz Indian Cuisine is one of the first restaurant establishments to welcome you. Before I first dined here almost a year ago, I had heard nothing but rave reviews from the exceptional service to the authentic, delicious Indian/Pakistani dishes. If I could come to dine here once a week I would. The vibe is so relaxing and the food is worth every bit of praise. Sameer, the owner, was so warm and welcoming and in addition to his phenomenal staff, provided us with top notch service.

This visit was apart of my collaboration with Long Island Restaurant Week, which took place this past week from Sunday to Sunday, October 29th to November 5th. Saaz featured a five-course menu including salad, soup, appetizer, entree with bread and rice, and a dessert for $28.95.

To drink, I had a Mango Lassi, a traditional Indian smoothie made with yogurt. We started our meal with a Green Tossed Salad with House Dressing followed by Mulligtawny Soup and Chilled Tomato Soup. Mulligtawny is an English soup with an Indian origin made with sautéed onions, celery, carrot, and chicken stock. Our appetizer choice was the Samosa Chaat: crushed vegetable samosa served with chickpeas, yogurt, coriander, and tamarind chutney.

Entrees for LI Restaurant Week included any one vegetarian, chicken, lamb, goat or fish entree from the menu. My husband chose the Lamb Korma paired with Coconut Rice. “Korma” is a type of curry which is considered royal in India because of its rich, creamy taste. It is made with onion, ginger, garlic and cashew paste with a hint of cardamom. I had the Mango Chicken: boneless cubes of chicken, batter fried and tossed with spicy mango sauce with onion, tomato, and green pepper that was paired with Lemon Herb Rice.

You cannot find too many places around this area that make curries. My husband loved his Korma Dish: the meat was succulent and paired beautifully with the creamy Korma sauce. My Mango Chicken was full of crunchy vegetables and the sauce had a hint of sweet spice.

For dessert, we tasted the Rasmalai and the Gulab Jamun. Both were exquisite! Rasmalai is a creamy blend of milk, saffron, and kheer topped with a sprinkle of pistachios. Gulab Jamun is served hot and is a creation of spongy milky balls soaked in rose scented syrup with an essence of cardamom. Each dessert was very unique, not too heavy and very memorable. The portion sizes were perfect! We left satisfied and are already looking forward to our next visit.

A take out menu is also available. They are also well known for their lunch buffet. Saaz Restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday beginning at 11:30am and on Sunday the restaurant opens at noon. // 631-259-2222

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