Saffron’s, Worcester – Review by HungryOwlOn June 22, 2017 by HungryOwl
I last visited Saffron’s probably back in 2000 – the food was average and the waitress had an attitude problem. I also vaguely remember the place being dark and dingy.
I was looking for somewhere good to go out and celebrate with FattyCat and TripAdvisor was suggesting that this was a good place to visit. I mulled this over for the best part of a week before finally booking by email. The email was answered the same day confirming the table had been booked for the Saturday evening.
Saturday evening came and the rain was pouring down (it was Download weekend, so perhaps I should I have anticipated this). We walked into the restaurant and we were warmly greeted by the waitress, who showed us to a table for two in second dining room, which had no windows, but was lit by candles in pretty jars. Everywhere was painted in fresh white paint, giving the place a feeling of space, yet the furnishings made the rooms feel cozy.
We looked through the menu and made our choices.
FattyCat = Garlic bread with Parmesan followed by Rib Eye Steak, with chips and side salad.
HungryOwl = Sweet Potato and Rosemary Soup followed by Monk fish wrapped in Parma Ham, with lemon seasoned grilled polenta, roasted cherry tomatoes and young fennel.
For once when FattyCat order medium rare steak – was cooked properly. It was also properly rested and good quality meat. The side salad was a nice size and fresh. He choose the skinny fries, but could have chunky chips.
The soup was under seasoned, but that wasn’t a problem as there were salt and pepper grinders on the table. It was also very hot in temperature – so it took me ages to eat. But the flavor was fabulous plus it was smooth and thick in consistency. My mains looked chaotic on the plate and I found out that fennel was not something I like. The monk fish was delightful and I wanted more. The grilled polenta was a taste of genius – but very filling.
We finished off our bottle of Montepuliciano, which for once it had breathed a while and was lovely. Full flavored and fruity.
As we were enjoying the relaxed atmosphere we decided to stay and enjoy dessert. Fatty Cat ordered the Panacotta with mixed berry compote – it did look like a murder scene with compote being splashed across the plate. FattyCat said it was a perfect balance of sweet smooth panacotta and bitter fresh berries. I also ordered a glass of Black Muscat for him and he said was sweet and rich almost blackcurrant in flavor – it was perfect match for his dessert.
I order cheese and biscuits – unfortunately the first cheese I choose had sold out, so I had to choose and alternative. The older guy who might have been the owner brought over my plate and then offered me two smaller pieces of alternative cheeses as tasters. All of the cheeses were lovely, the pickle was fabulous and possibly home made. I also enjoyed a small port with my cheeses.
Everyone was friendly and informative about the food – they were all passionate about Saffron’s.
This is going to be place we will return to ago.