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As it is situated in the Trade Tower Nepal Complex in Thapathali many people don't know about its existence. Saffron lacks charm, but maybe its attraction is in not trying to be anything it isn't. It's basic, but very conveniently placed to grab a quick bite for lunch after looking through the newest model of cars on display on that section of the road or attending a business meeting.
While the place was definitely a let-down, the food was surprisingly good. A quick word of advice-do not decide on what to eat by reading the menu, for half the things on offer weren't available, so we resorted to asking our server and went by his recommendations. The Buff Momos (Rs 90) were hot and satisfying. And their take on Chicken Sandeko (Rs 150) was deeply fried crispy chicken bits tossed in a sliced cucumber, tomato and onion salad generously garnished with sliced chilies and coriander- crunchy, tart and spicy all in one.
Saffron does not have a dessert menu but you can order a variety of coffee-hot, cold or iced from the café downstairs. We chose the Sweet Lassi (Rs 50) and that came well-blended and chilled, perfect for the hot, muggy weather.
Saffron's price is what made us the really happy. Our entire meal came to Rs 770, which is a bargain in today's age where eating out is fast becoming a luxury because of the exorbitant prices charged by most restaurants. It is clean, has air conditioning, lots of icy cold water and the waiters were very eager, once they got over their initial surprise.