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Saffron Bistro-Nashua NH review

  • whs Sep 7, 2007 07:17 AM
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We finally made it to SB yesterday for lunch. The place is quite elegant, a tad formal, sort of like a mini Ritz Carlton dining room. (I think it's the striped velvet upholstered chairs and satin window swags that make it feel that way.) There are a couple of tables out on the sidewalk for alfresco dining, and the bar is plush. The place was almost full with a pretty diverse crowd--the mayor was sitting at a table with a couple of cronies, a few tables of "ladies who lunch", and young couples in jeans. Lunch menu is an abbreviated version of dinner with fewer entree selections. We shared a fantastic pate de campagne, served with a small salad, gherkins, halved grapes, and coarse mustard. It came with a thick slice of grilled country bread--perfect. For mains, I had the lobster ravioli in a saffron cream sauce, and SO had tenderloin tips, with sides of potato salad and greens. Both were very good. The restaurant serves warm asiago rolls with meals--it's worth eating here just for these. Dessert was a chocolate creme brulee--not as light as the classic prep, but rich and satisfying. Service was courteous and professional--when I expressed interest in coming back for dinner, the waiter brought me the evening menu to look over. Saffron Bistro is a worthy addition to the vibrant Nashua dining scene.

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  1. $$?

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    1. re: trufflehound

      Lunch entrees between $7 and $13. We had 1 glass of wine, 1 app, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, 1 tea & 1 coffee--bill was around $55.

      1. re: trufflehound

        Here's their website:

        http://www.thesaffronbistro.com/

      2. We ate there a couple of weeks ago. Came in towards the end of service. Everyone was very gracious and eager to serve us, depite being there so late. (always a plus for me since we tend to go out later in the evening). The room was nicely done with a good deal of thought behind it, but I couldn't shake the feeling that it seemed a bit sterile. Much likethe dining room a t a Mid Town Manhatton Hotel. And the lights were WAY to bright. The food was good. Fresh Scallops were obviosly top notch, Steak appetizer was sublime, but again the menu had the feel of a nice hotel restaurant and not the hipness of a downtown night spot. They should do very well as all the right aspects are in place just a bit stuffy overall.

        1. Saffron Bistro was reviewed today in the Boston Globe:

          http://www.boston.com/news/local/arti...

          Has anybody eaten there recently?

          1. I met 4 other ladies for dinner about a month ago - it was a good evening - but we all left each other and never commented on anything being special or memorable. Not in any hurry to go back - a very formal atmosphere in the dining room.

            1. whs you truly missed your calling - you should be reviewing restaurants for a living. I'd try a place on your say-so alone and no I'm not being sarcastic (for a change).

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              1. re: tarbysmom

                Why thank you.

              2. My husband and I dined at Saffron Bistro on Friday night; we were promptly seated at 7:30 pm, no reservation.
                The atmosphere is elegant and proper; I love the fact that this is an upscale restaurant that focuses on all aspects of the experience, from the attire of the staff to their training, (no "what will you guys be ordering to drink?" or "let me take this out of your way" before my dining companion has finished eating.) The decor is refined and polished, and the presentation of the food is lovely as well.
                We shared the escargots in a creamy garlic sauce over puff pastry appetizer; main course for husband was duck breast in a very reduced glaze that had a deep pruney undertone, served with multi-colored couscous and micro greens. Delicious, rare as ordered. I had the rainbow trout over lemony risotto and brown butter sauce that was superb. With this we had a bottle of Cotes du Rhone.
                For dessert husband ordered a creme brulee that was served with fresh berries. Divine!
                We'll definitely be back.

                1. They no longer serve lunch.

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                  1. re: rizzo0904

                    Sorry to say, we had a good meal marred by bad service a few months back. Our waitress thought she was working a diner.

                    1. re: whs

                      we must have had the same server, mine was loud and kind of abrasive.

                  2. I haven't been yet but I plan on going next month. I did sample their chocolate bread pudding at the Taste of Nashua and it was excellent. I look forward to enjoying an entire meal there. Hopefully service will be excellent as well.

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                    1. re: rizzo0904

                      I went to the Taste for the first time this year and enjoyed it. I also liked the bread pudding, although I was hoping to sample one of their entrees. We also stopped in to Saffron Bistro for a drink toward the end of our stroll. It was nice enough, although maybe a little formal (and no draft beer).

                      Fwiw, there was a review of the taste in the "Live Free or Dine" blog: http://blogs.nashuatelegraph.com/live.... They were right about Black Orchid's risotto. I don't think it came out as they had hoped. I happen to like that place, so I'm sure it's much better if they can prepare it in their kitchen. I thought the selections from Michael Timothy's and Surf were good. We got in line before the doors opened, since we know it would be popular. The selections (including sushi) from the new Thousand Crane were generous and tasty. They even gave me a $5 gift certificate for later use.

                      1. re: natureboy

                        I agree that Black Orchid's risotto was sub-par. We were one of the first there and they were not prepared...had no plates, food wasn't ready.

                        Thousand Crane did have a VERY generous spread and the sushi was good.

                        Surf - I thought the chowder was salty but I did like the crab cake.

                        Villa Banca - their stuff was great!

                        Saffron - they gave us a $20 off a $50 purchase...did you get one? I plan on using it next month.

                        1. re: rizzo0904

                          I would check that coupon. I think I remember it only being good in June.

                          1. re: SuperGrover

                            7/11 is the cutoff on mine.