By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jul 10, 2022 at 9:12 AM

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Over the past decade, the U.S. has seen a food revolution in terms of Indian dining. The once rustic heritage Indian fare traditionally served in restaurants has begun to take on new forms, with a growing number of young chefs and restaurateurs offering modern takes on dishes like chicken tikka, tandoori chicken, as well as adding new Indian-inspired fare to their menus. Among the changes brought on by more modern Indian fare is an emphasis on carefully chosen, often local, ingredients, which are presented in a variety of new and exciting ways.

This week on FoodCrush, we’re talking with Fatima and Amrita Kumar, the co-owners of Saffron, a modern Indian restaurant which recently opened in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.

During our conversation, they discuss the inspiration that went into creating the progressive new concept, the menu items that are drawing crowds and Saffon’s inventive bar program, which offers diners a  new way of experiencing Indian-inspired flavors in beverage form. Along the way, we also discuss the challenges of offering stellar service during the opening weeks at a Downtown hotspot.


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Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.