46 Violations at Saffron & Curry in Delray

Restaurant Inspection Report

Saffron & Curry in Delray had 46 violations on February 21st.

Saffron & Curry had one of the worst inspections we’ve ever seen with 46 total violations including 12 marked high priority. The Indian joint is on Atlantic at Congress. The most offensive of the violations included:

  • Employee handled soiled dishes or utensils and then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing . Dishwasher from dirty to clean dishes without washing hands first. Employee washed hands. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Employee used tobacco, ate, or drank then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Employee drank from an open beverage container and then returned to food prep without washing hands first. Employee washed hands. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Employee washed hands with no soap. Employee washed hands with no soap when going from cleaning to prepping onions. Employee washed hands. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Rice pudding 66F and yogurt dressing 53-54F at buffet. Added ice . Corrective Action Taken. Peas 46-47F, tomatoes 49-51F, garlic 51-53F, potatoes 52-53, yogurt 48-52F, cooked onions 45-47, cooked lentils 46-50F, goat cheese 46-50F, lamb 44-54F, chicken 44-53F, chicken 48-55F, and shrimp 46F all food at cookline flip top cooler closest to handwash sink. Cooler has an ambient temperature of 48F. Block of ice building up on Coils in back of cooler. Food in cooler for less than 4 hours. Foods moved to working cooler. Corrective Action Taken. Cheese 47-48F and yogurt 48F at cookline flip top cooler closest to walkin cooler. Food on top of make table with a large open gap where air is escaping. Placed container in gap and foods moved to walkin cooler to quick chill. **Corrective Action Taken** **Repeat Violation**
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. Cooked chicken 45-48F Cooling in walkin cooler overnight. Food cooked last night and has been in walkin ever since. Food being cooled in large plastic covered container. Food discarded
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Tandoori chicken 97-119F and chicken curry 105F at buffet . Foods sent to be reheated to 165F. Corrective Action Taken. Cooked veggies 119-125 Hot Holding at cookline on top of stove with no heat turned on. Heat turned on. **Corrective Action Taken**

Closer to West Boca, Ruven’s on Jog had 25 violations, though only 3 were marked high priority.
Cornell Cafe in the Morikami Museum and Gardens (we are members and love this place) was a surprise with 19 violations.
The worst inspection in West Boca was for Lucky Palace in West Boca Square (near Target), with 19 violations, 4 of them high priority.
A few places in Delray Marketplace appear again with fairly high numbers. Japango had 18 violations, 7 of them high priority:

  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area. Observed about 5 flying insects at sushi station, on non food contact service, counter. About 5 flying insects at wait station, under shelving.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food prepared from/mixed with ingredient(s) at ambient temperature not cooled to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 4 hours. Miso butter 46°, cooling overnight in sushi reach in cooler. See Stop Sale. Raw Salmon in sushi case(just prepped) : 50° first temperature, 30 minutes later 50°. Operator had plastic covers holding salmon above cooling elements. Plastic removed Salmon 43°. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food reheated for hot holding not reaching 165 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 seconds within 2 hours. Observed rice from yesterday reheated to 151 degrees. Rice reheated 10 minutes ago. Covered with plastic. Operator chose to discard instead of reheating. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Observed shrimp shells over tofu, in walk in cooler. Operator moved the shrimp shells. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Sanitizer not used in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Observed chlorine sanitizer in bucket at 200+PPM. Operator dumped sanitizer and corrected to 50PPM. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Small flying insects in bar area. Observed about 5 flying insects.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Observed miso butter at 46 degrees prepared last night.

Terra Fiamma in Delray Marketplace was also hit with 13 violations including 6 high priority. Cabo Flats did better with 9 violations, 3 high priority, while the newer Batch Gastropub had 7 violations, 4 high priority. Cinebowl & Grille did well with just 4 violations, 1 high priority.
On Powerline in Central Boca Jon’s Place had 16 violations though only 2 were high priority. Siam Nippon Thai Sushi had 15 violations, 5 high priority. Nearby Sweet Tomatoes on Beracasa had 14 violations, 4 high priority.
We mentioned earlier on Facebook that Packy’s in the Loggers’ Run plaza was closed for roaches. They reopened quickly and have had two great inspections since, one of them perfect.
Good News
There were eight perfect licensing inspections recently. Most notable to us were:
Angelo’s Ristorante on 441 in Delray Beach near Rio Poco and Saturnia Isles. We’re not sure if they’re open yet but their website says coming soon.
Our Facebook post on the new Square One Restaurant on Glades near Butts got a lot of reader attention.
And we’re not sure when it’s opening but there’s a new place called Oishii (Japanese for tasty) on NW 20th in the FAU student ghetto.

Outback Steakhouse on SW 18th and the Shadowood theater both had perfect inspections.
Villa Rosano on Clint Moore, Hurricane Grill in Mission Bay, and Chow Thai in Shadowood were all nearly perfect with only 2 minor violations each.
We got behind so this week’s spreadsheet has over 270 entries. See for yourself below:
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