Discovering the Koomcha Trail at Zaaffran!

On Tuesday 3 May 2016, 110 guests including top media, bloggers and influencers, attended the sit down dinner at Zaaffran Restaurant for the launch of the new ‘Koomcha’ menu.

Zaaffran is a long-standing pioneer of refined Indian dining in Sydney It has been serving up traditional Indian cuisine with a contemporary flair for an impressive 17 years at Darling Harbour. Head Chef Vikrant Kapoor and Freddie Zulfiqar opened Zaaffran in 1998 with a menu that was way ahead of its time for Indian food in Sydney. Since then, they have constantly changed their to stay in front of the emerging Indian dining scene.

Guests began the evening with canapes and drinks on the balcony with sunset views over Darling Harbour. The canapes included: Chookudar Kay Gilavaat (crisp beetroot patties with ginger, green chilli and semolina crust); and Kumbh Ka Shikhampur (minced and smoked mushroom herbal patties with ‘garam masala’, chilli and ginger).

Once seated, guests were taken on a journey through the streets of India with a selection of reimagined barrow-boy classics. Guests began their 16 courses of Zaaffran’s new Koomcha menu, including Firangi Frankie (Bombay’s ‘original’ multi grain taco with lamb), Chookudar Kay Gilavaat (Crisp beetroot patties with ginger and green chilli and semolina crust) and Dakhani Kebab Chicken tenderloins (Guilded gold with pepper, ginger, garlic and curry leaf).

The journey ended with Zaaffran’s specialty desserts, including Farzi Firangi Phirnee (Incensed Indian rice pudding with mango and raspberry sorbets, pearl duo and rice tuile); Gulab Aur Elaichi Ka Piyushi (Rose brulee, fresh strawberries and salted cashew praline; and Honey Saffron Pannacotta (Saffron and honey panna cotta with saffron apple confit, puffed rice honeycomb and pearl apples).

Zaaffran’s new ‘Koomcha’ menu, meaning Indian hawker food, includes a range of Kapoor’s childhood favourites, which he has redefined with flavours and presentation guaranteed to impress. Koomcha dishes are perfect enjoyed as a starter, or customers can share a larger selection to get the full experience.

With a newly renovated restaurant, and relaunched menu, Zaaffran offers diners an experience unlike any in Sydney.


10 Darling Drive Level 2 Harbourside Centre Darling Harbour NSW 2000

02 9211 8900

Trading Hours

Lunch Mon-Sun 12pm-2:30pm*

Dinner Sun-Thu 6pm – 9:30pm* Fri – Sat 6pm – 10:15pm*

*last order

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Having recently released their limited edition Black Box dark beer collection, 4 Pines Brewing Company are taking over the taps at Keg & Brew to present the new range as well as some old favorites on Wednesday 18 May 2016

Each of the four Black Box dark ales is a history lesson for the taste buds. From the desolate monasteries of Middle Ages Germany to the breweries of foggy 1800’s London, the range is a drinkable guide through the murky past of these historically-inspired brews, which include a schwarzbier, coffee porter, black IPA and Russian imperial stout.

There’s only three sets of Black Box kegs being released to NSW venues, so the 4 Pines tap takeover at the Keg & Brew is a rare event for the hop-heads of Sydney to try each of the exclusive ales.

As well as the four Black Box brews, eight of 4 Pines’ core beers are also tapped and on offer for the night. Punters can get a chance to try free samples between 6-7pm and have a chin wag with the man behind it all, 4 Pines Brewer Andrew “Tweeds” Tweddel.

A specially tailored menu has also been created, with a meal suggestion to complement some of the beers on tap, including:

  • Braised Venison Chocolate Pie ($12.50), try it with the Coffee Porter;
  • Chicken Mole Aranchini with coriander and lime mayonnaise ($12 for 3 pieces) would be paired well with the Black IPA;
  • Seared Scallops, green pea puree and Morcilla sausage citrus foam (12:50 for 3 pieces) with a Kolsch;
  • Duck Rillet with cherry mustard, cornichons and toast ($12.50) with the ESB;
  • and finally, a pulled beef, caramaelised onion and blue cheese slider ($6) with 4 Pines’ famous Pale Ale.

As the days get shorter and the air more chilled, it’s and wonderful time of beer to head indoors and warm yourself with a nice dark brew. So head down to the Keg & Brew on Wednesday 18 May for a liquid history lesson the taste buds will thank you for!

What: Black Box / 4 Pines Tap Takeover
Where: Keg & Brew, 26 Foveaux St, SURRY HILLS
When: Wednesday 18 May, 2016