Those in the know appreciate Saffron for its well-structured menu and the welcoming ambience. Much as we keep coming back for dishes we love, it is always exciting to see what new creations have been added. We dropped in for a mid-week dinner, and loved every bite.
New menu items: Melted Provolone, Tuna Tartare with Avocado and Sesame Ginger Dressing, Beetroot, Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad, Veal Chop with Rocca, Parmesan and Cherry Tomatoes, Chinese Dumplings, Baked Potato Wedges, Calzone with Nutella.
With taste buds on high alert we wasted no time in heading for some of the newest additions to the menu. The Tuna Tartare delivered beautifully on texture and flavor, the dressing complemented the combination perfectly. We kept the mood light with a Beef Carpaccio, which came with Rocca, shaved Parmesan and cherry tomatoes, pretty as a picture and tasting just as good. Melted cheese is a fast track to our hearts at any time, so there was no way we were going to skip the Melted Provolone. Gooey and rich, it disappeared in a flash.
And when traditional Chinese Dumplings are a new menu addition, we just had to try. Not easy to make, these dumplings were as authentic as they come, right down to the bamboo steamer. We distracted ourselves with a tempting Shrimp and Avocado Salad, Spaghetti Con Bottarga and Penne Arrabiata until our much anticipated Veal Chop and Fillet with Pepper Sauce arrived. Every dish delivered amazingly on flavor and presentation, with only the highest quality produce being used, and we had no qualms about overindulging.
The breaded Veal Chop was melt-in-the-mouth tender, and a generous size; the fillet was superb, with the best pepper sauce we have come across in years. Every bite affirmed that Saffron has the art of exceptional dining down to a ‘t’.
Without guilt or any sense of shame, yes, we went for dessert as well. Chocolate Soufflé is never to be passed up, and just mention Calzone with Nutella and our eyes light up. Saffron, you turn even a simple night out into a memorable feast. Chapeau!
Other Menu Options that Appealed & Beverages Available
Saffron is renowned for its cheese fondue, and we would love to try it. Beverages selection includes a full bar, with some fun soft additions. Ice-cream soda anyone?
Décor & Ambience
Comfortable, intimate and cozy with polished, relaxed service, you feel immediately at home.
Clientele Mix: Saffron is a haven for all ages, families, couples and groups of friends.
Price Range: Moderate upwards.
Worth Noting: Takeaway and delivery are available to Al Guezira and other neighboring compounds. Special events can be booked, along with birthdays and other celebrations. Theme nights with a focus on different cuisines are a regular feature as well.
Opening hours: 11 am to 12 pm, or later.
Address: Al Guezira Compound, Sheikh Zayed
Tel: 0109 3397647, 02 3794 3349