Went to Saffron for Restaurant Week
The wife and I went to Saffron for Restaurant Week
I don't see what the fuss is. Had the "new style" white tuna sashimi with miso reduction. Boring. The 4-cheese ravioli with truffle oil was good, but where was the cheese? For entrees, we ordered the steak frites and the sirloin steak w/ potatoes au gratin.
Both steaks were marinated to the point where no discernable beef flavor remained and the flavor of the marinade dominated. The potatoes au gratin were underdone.
The rosemary garlic frites were amazing though.
Desserts: The banana spring roll was good with a crunchy crust and a delicious and a delicious coconut caramel sauce. The creme brulee was piss poor--picture, vanilla Jello gelatin with a crunchy sugar topping.
Our waiter was sweet, our server was annoying, and the timing of the meal was off.
Overall, what's the fuss folks. While I can attribute the shortcomings of the service to Restaurant Week, I can't for the food. These are fundamental flaws in the preparation of the food that made the experience mediocre.
Am I missing something?
My husband and I went on the last Friday in June. We arrived at 8 p.m. to find the place 2/3 empty. Eeek. Our server was timid and clueless. We ordered a salad (unmemorable), the incredible foie gras app, a good corn soup and our entrees. He asked if he should bring soup/salad/app all at once! NO.
The wine list is way too spendy for the menu with only a couple of around $30 choices at the low end before jumping to almost $50. The wine bucket the server brought to the table had a merchandise sticker slapped sideways on it from the place they bought it! Class, people.
My husband's steak tasted of vinegar marinade and overpowering spice rub. I had the tuna, which was barely seared (I like the contrast between sear and raw), leaving a huge chunk of quivery red. The pad thai wasn't bad. The cucumber salad was one mile-long mandoline-sliced pile, making it awkward to eat. And tell me--why was there a heap of sushi-style bright pink pickled ginger the size of a small child's fist?
We didn't feel compelled to order desert.
I also went the last week of June and did find the place mostly empty.... We had a different opinion of the food.
Foi gras - amazing, really my first try, but WOW. Sublime. The duck spring roll was very good, but I ddint feel it was special. I had the halibut with risotto and pea cream sauce. Perfectly cooked fish, excellent accompaniments. My boyfriend had the pork which was also great. A really nice combination of flavors and gorgeous presentation. We were full and had no room for dessert. Wine was pretty good for the relatively low price. All in all, I am glad I finally got to experience an Edward Kim restaurant after hearing all of the chow hoopla. Maybe a tasting menu -- can anyone give some details? Thanks
I've had the cioppino and the pork on my two trips -- both were sublime. Katy had the tuna mentioned above and the rack of lamb. What I tried was delicious, although I'll admit that the tuna was my least favorite of the four entrees.
We've had the quatro formaggi ravioli, the mango calamari and the grilled stuffed quid orange coconut curry appetizers. All were wonderful, although the latter two are better values.
I'm with foster -- Saffron is a delight. Perhaps not a perfect delight, but great nonetheless.
I went to Saffron for the first time within the past week. Perhaps my expectations were too high, because I was a bit disappointed. Our party of four had four apps and four entrees. Two of the apps, the white tuna and spring roll, were just plain boring. The squid stuffed with crab and shrimp was good but not groundbreaking. The lobster bisque was loved by the guy who had it, but I'm not a bisque fan so I didn't taste it. It was a gross grey color, it looked to me like a bowl of off mayo.
For entrees, I was torn between the wild rockfish and the pork. I went with the rockfish, because I love rockfish. I thought this was good, except it was covered with what appeared, felt, and tasted to be those fried shoestring potatoes right out of the snack can. When those were removed it was pretty good all around, though I didn't expect it to be flash-fried as it appeared to be.
The steak frites was, as another poster pointed out, a perfectly good piece of meat ruined by overmarinating and oversaucing. I could have known that by looking at the menu though so shame on the person who ordered it.
The scallops were fine but boring, as most scallop dishes usually are. The sea bass was just OK.
We had a thoroughly average flourless chocolate thingy for dessert, but I wasn't expecting anything groundbreaking by that point.
The service, which everyone seems disappointed with, was fine if not better than. Our waiter was helpful and not intrusive. Service was a little slow but we don't like being rushed so this was actually completely fine by us.
So, in sum, it was a good dinner, but I don't think it was anything to write home about and it's not a place I will rush to get back to or put on my "occasion" list. One can do better at that price point, but also a heck of a lot worse. My gut feel is that if you order perfectly you might have an outstanding meal.