Saffron Mediterranean Bistro, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
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Saffron Mediterranean Bistro, Saigon

| 13 Apr 2014
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Saffron Mediterranean Bistro, Saigon
51 Hai Ba Trung St, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City
(+84 8) 3824 8358


Price guide: Most mains priced between 150,000 and 300,000VND.

Our rating
13 Apr 2014

Saffron is a second downtown Saigon eatery from veteran restaurateur Tony Fox - this time with a Mediterranean spin.

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British expat restaurateur Tony Fox, the man behind Saffron, is on a roll. In recent years he's enjoyed great success at Ciao Bella with simple, well priced, quality Italian cuisine. At Saffron, he's reapplied the lessons learned - just around the corner.

And he's expanded the culinary reach across the whole Mediterranean. The menu includes European and Middle Eastern offerings many of which are under-represented in Saigon's restaurant scene.

Ciao Bella diners will recognise familiar touches like the complimentary glass of sparkling on arrival and the farewell limoncello as well as the casual, friendly competence of the staff.

They'll also recognise another masterstroke. By accident or by design, Fox packs his diners into small spaces yet the ambient noise is never overpowering (I haven't shared the restaurants with a football team or a bachelor party). The intimacy and buzz are part of the magic.

If you need a break from Vietnamese cuisine, Saffron's a safe bet.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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