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“Different and so delicious....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Saffron Restaurant

Saffron Restaurant
56 Ferreira Street, Nelspruit, South Africa
+27 13 744 0324
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Ranked #1 of 49 Restaurants in Nelspruit
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Tapas
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Saffron is a spacious, contemporary and relaxed restaurant. We have tried to capture the spirit of tapas, which is fun, social and basically a "party in your mouth". The only rule is- there are no rules. We encourage our customers to be adventurous and experimental when ordering - try a plate or two then see how you feel!
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Different and so delicious....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We stayed at the lovely Chez Vincent property and had such a lovely night in the Restaurant. I have to say that this is the best meal we have had in South Africa... The Tapas menu was SO varied and detailed that we could not choose. We thought we could have more - but no this delicious, fresh menu beat us! The vegetable tart (with goat's cheese) is so tasty, duck pate' well worth trying, home smoked bacon bruscetta devine, fish slightly overcooked but all beautifully presented.
The ambiance and decor is perfect for a night out and the Owner makes sure he connects with the guests as well. Nice wines, service is good but the standout is the fresh produce in the food - well worth returning to!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Steve M, Owner at Saffron Restaurant, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you for your very kind words, it's always good to receive feedback on our performance as this helps us to keep moving forward.

We look forward to your next visit.
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Schoemanskloof
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“What a breath of fresh air!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We have now had three superb meals at Saffron (and travelled over 100km for that). The food is well prepared, beautifully plated and the tastes superb. We love the portion sizes and the variety makes every dish a new surprise. Although I personally find the decor harsh and cold, this is overshadowed by a truly great eating experience. Thank you, Steve and Team - we wish you a packed restaurant at all times!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kempton Park, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful birthday surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We visited Nelspruit for the Innibos festival, it also happened to be my birthday. After al little research we decided on this restaurant and made a reservation. We were a party of 4 adults and 2 children. What a wonderful experience! From arrival the staff and beautiful fire place made us feel very welcome. The owner came over and after congratulating me on my birthday went out of his way to make our first tapas experience a very memorable one! We enjoyed every single tapas we had, it was fresh, well prepared and beautifully presented. Even my 2 girls had a wonderful time, as they to were catered for in a special way. Although we did not know all of the wines on the list, the one we chose was good but it would be nice to see more good quality South African. The highlight for me was the dessert, a combination of 4 different desserts, yummy! We would return as we are in love with tapas! Thank you!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pemba, Mozambique
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great food, excellent value.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

What a treat in such a random little spot in Nelspruit. I wasn't sure what to expect and I was blown away by 5 out of 6 tapas that we chose. They were all tasty, well prepared and the plating was elegant. The atmosphere is very chique and tasteful which just made us buy more bottles of wine than we planned because we didn't want to leave. I will definitely go back if I make it back through.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Baden, Switzerland
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“Good suprise in Nespruit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

What a surprise in Nelspruit.

We gave our budget to the chief and he makes quite happy with different tapas. We had almost few 6 different tapas along a 2h diner, the atmosphere was really nice and the service perfect.

Only the wine list can be quite improved, it doesn't really reflect the quality of the south africa wine

If you go through Nelspruit, just stop, have a good lunch diner, you will be statisfied.

Thanks to the chief

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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