Though Saffron NOLA is usually only open Friday evenings, the Westbank Indian restaurant has started a once-a-month Sunday brunch series that aims to introduce diners to the sundry cooking styles of India's different regions. Arvinder Vilkhu, who runs Saffron with his wife Pardeep, told Gambit that he's trying to show people how diverse Indian culture really is. "India used to be all different kingdoms before the British came," he explains, "and each was like a different country. Different languages, different architecture, different clothes and different food too. So our mission with these brunches is to capture one region at a time."
Reservations are required for brunch, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $30 per person. The next brunch is this Sunday, August 12, and will feature cuisine from Kerala, a state along Indian's southwestern coast that grows a lot of coconuts. Consequently, coconut water martinis will be on hand.