Saffron, at Banyan Tree Phuket, is a class act. For those looking to dine in sumptuous surroundings, to enjoy a modern take on traditional Thai cuisine, or to simply enjoy some of the smoothest wait staff service around, Saffron is ideal. With contemporary yet classical décor and design, soft piped-in music, pleasantly intimate lighting, and a far-reaching menu with a complementary wine list, the makeup of this five-star restaurant couldn’t be more complete.
Saffron serves up a variety of delicacies that originated in Thai royal courts and dishes popular in countryside villages as well as all-time favourite homemade recipes and spectacular and distinct food presentation is paramount in the restaurant’s character.
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Air conditioned and with carpeted floors and Thai ornamentation, décor here is subtly luxurious and underscores the establishment’s deluxe feel. Clever lighting arrangements also complement the setup and with traditionally clad staff members discreetly hovering at tableside I can honestly say that this team delivers some of the best, friendliest, and thorough service in this part of the country.
Even though it is popular and subsequently busy most evenings it still is a perfect place for a romantic meal as there are many nooks and crannies in which to enjoy the fabulous food and wine choices.
Saffron is helmed by Sous-Chef Khun Warapong from southern Thailand and he is an expert at fusing flavours and even dishes together, meaning that your personal preferences and needs are well taken care of.
For example, the restaurant’s crispy rice noodle-wrapped prawn with fried pepper leaf and sweet mango chili sauce (420 baht) works wonders with ‘larb tuna’ (spicy yellow fin tuna tartar, crispy crackers, string beans and cucumber salad (425 baht) while Thai barbecued curried chicken with papaya salad (510 baht) goes admirably well with steamed snapper filet, chili-lime sauce and steamed cabbage (720 baht). Thai food is all about sharing and my dinner partner and I enjoy mixing and matching and getting the most out of these prolific dishes.
Saffron has a wine list featuring well over 100 labels sourced from wine regions all over the world including France, Italy, Argentina, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, and Spain.
Light wine is best for pairing with the spiciness of Thai fare and the cellar’s Cipresseto Rosato, Marchesi Antinori Santa Cristina, Toscana from Italy goes very well with the different dishes served up by Chef Warapong. For those inclined towards white wine the list also has a great selection of Australian and German labels to enjoy.
Saffron also has a complete vegetarian menu and Thai food is surprisingly adept at fusing vegetarian flavours with its national cuisine – a good example of this being the green curry served up with eggplant, tofu, basil, pickled vegetables, and fried morning glory (‘gaeng khiew wan pak’ 325 baht).
With approximately 60 dishes to choose from, Saffron has the culinary bases covered and lovers of fine Thai cuisine will find lots to surprise their palate here. Prices are inclusive of 10% service charge and 7% government tax.
Thai Street Market at Saffron
Thai Street Market is an original way to dine at Saffron, the genuine Thai cuisine’s flagship restaurant of Banyan Tree Phuket Resort. Every Saturday, a dozen stalls are installed in front of the chic restaurant, each of them displaying an assortment of Thai specialities including spicy salads, grilled meat and seafood, fresh fruits, sticky rice with mango, Thai sweets (kanom), stir-fried noodle and vegetables, wok-fried shrimp in tamarind sauce, pork in panang curry, roasted duck in red curry, and more, for the great pleasure of the guests who would like to discover the delights of traditional Thai cuisine. The atmosphere is enlightened by a xylophone player performing live at the entrance of the market. Saffron is a cosy contemporary Thai style restaurant located behind the reception; as in the other venues of the resort, the quality of service is second to none.
- Opening Hours: 19:00 – 22:30; on Saturday and Thursday from November to April; on Saturday only from May to October
- Remarks: reservation recommended
- Tel: 076 372 400
Saffron Restaurant at Banyan Tree Phuket
- Opening Hours: 18:30 – last orders 22:30
- Location: Banyan Tree Phuket