Saffron was already a popular restaurant by the time I discovered it back in 2006 ( I think ) Back then Ting, the owner, was running it more as a way to rehabilitate from a near death car accident than anything. Cooking and serving food got her up and moving about and you did feel sorry for her as she hobbled around. However, that was years ago. She’s now fully recovered and the restaurant has been providing consistently excellent food ever since I’ve been going there.
Along with Kati Culinary, this is one of the two places that I always recommend to people visiting the island. The location is actually better than Kati. Being by the sea in a tropical garden , away from the main road makes it a better place for a quiet meal. Saffron isn’t within walking distance of large resorts so getting a table usually isn’t too much of a problem. It’s much quieter than any of the far inferior restaurants on White Sand beach, a 5 minute pick up truck taxi ride away. But the best places to eat, stay or drink always require a bit of effort to get to.
Saffron is a bit more expensive than many restaurants but the portion size is large and always beautifully presented and the food itself is freshly cooked, using fresh ingredients and with just the right amount of herbs & spices. Saffron also has a larger drinks list than Kati with a decent selection of cocktails, all of which don’t skimp on the booze. If you are used to getting watery, weak concoctions then these will knock you out. A couple of Long Island Ice Tea’s are all you need. As far as the actual food goes, I like the presentation at Saffron better but for me Kati is just ahead in taste.
The restaurant occupies a corner of a small bungalow resort which has six good value rooms, so if you’re a real foodie you could eat every meal there. I’ve never been for breakfast but apparently the Eggs Benedict are well worth trying.
Price: $$ – $$$
Location: Inland side of the road on Pearl beach, which lies midway between the north end of Klong Prao beach and White Sand beach. Take the concrete access road road signposted to Saffron and also ‘Budget Apartments’ between a block of shophouses and Keereeta Resort
These restaurant reviews are just my thoughts on a place at the time I visited. I’ll mention if I know the owner well or get any freebies. But for the most of the time I am happy to play tourist and don’t mention this site at all. Obviously it isn’t possible to sample every dish on the menu and the type of food you have for lunch will differ to evening. In addition, owners and more importantly chefs, can change and your experience may differ from mine. If it does, post a comment below.