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Saffron is located on The Square and offers unique Persian cuisine served within a relaxed environment. A typical menu may include kebabs, stews and vegetarian dishes.

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Daily 12:00-23:00

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By Mox S.

Not family friendly we've just been asked to leave because my one year old was screaming with joy and that bothered a woman sitting at the table next to us! She with a partner and we were the only people there, but the waiter explained that there will be a lot of office types coming in for lunch now and they will not be happy eating with a loud baby next to them. Not to mention that we were all hungry, especially my baby!

By M.

Good reasonably priced Persian restaurant. Food very good, décor modern, toilets OK, service fine.

Mazeh deal works out cheap - 3 starters for about £7. Get the bread to go with it. Also recommended is the Ghormeh Sabzi, a very traditional Persian dish with spinach, lamb, beans and rice.

Better than most Indian restaurants (service less wooden) although food is somewhat similar, but not usually so spicy.

By Ta N.

We went there for iranian new year last night.

The food was good although a bit dry but the
service was exceptionally unfriendly, ignorant, slow and unprofessional.

If you are looking for a pleasant athmosphere I would suggest you go somewhere else.

By Susan C.

I was really disappointed with this restaurant. The ambiance is dark and depressing as it is located below ground level.

The restaurant was practically empty but the server insisted that I take a seat that was jammed under the staircase.

While I was there, a group of 6 people arrived. The owner of the restaurant went over to a woman who was sitting by herself and asked her to move to another table to accommodate the new arrivals.

She said that she would rather not and the owner reacted so rudely that she left the restaurant.I almost got up and left as the behavior was extremely inappropriate.

But I was running late and needed to eat before my meeting.The food was mediocre at best. The side dish was was served in an extremely small container which would normally be used to serve ketchup or mustard.

I had a chicken, rice and tomato dish. The chicken was not tender and the tomato was still cold. It was supposed to be a grilled tomato.I definitely do not recommend this restaurant.

By Elizabeth D.

Simply the best Persian food we've had in the UK. We left West Kensington with remorse for leaving our favouriate Persian restaurants. But this gem is better than any of the ones in town. After years of our custom, we're finding its getting a bit pricey, but the quality of the food and cooking is always outstanding.

By Michelle P.

Saffron is a Persian restaurant situated in the heart of Richmond. Steps lead you down into this cosy basement restaurant where you can enjoy the delicate flavoured cuisine of this rich and ancient country.

The Venue
Decor is simple and Persian artwork lines the walls. Tastefully minimal in design, its small space creates a feeling of intimacy. There are tables upstairs and downstairs, offering enough space for small groups or, if you prefer a quiet meal for two, choose the table under the stairs for that extra bit of privacy.

The Atmosphere
The mood is sedate and Persian music plays softly in the background, adding to the authentic experience. Even on weekends the place seems empty and quiet. Unfortunately, the waitresses are neither approachable nor friendly and really the only thing that lets Saffron down.

The Food
If you are a meat lover, you will love the food on offer. The menu is easy to follow and there is a good range to choose from, but there are few vegetarian options. For starters, the dolmeh (vine leaves stuffed with rice and herbs) is delicious and succulent. Be sure to order the taftoon bread (Persian flat bread), which comes freshly baked, and when dipped into the boorani-ye esfenai (steamed spinach mixed with home-made yogurt) makes for an excellent starter. Main courses are priced between £10.00 and £13.00 a dish and the portions are generous. The khoresht-e bamieh (lamb and okra with steamed rice) is also highly recommended. Cooked in a rich and aromatic tomato sauce, it contains beautifully subtle flavours and the lamb melts deliciously in your mouth.

The Drink
The wine list is relatively comprehensive. The house red is rich and full-bodied and the perfect accompaniment for the variety of meat dishes available on the menu.

The Last Word
Saffron is a treasure waiting to be discovered. It’s definitely worth a visit to unearth traditional Persian cuisine.

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