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Saffron Fine Persian Cuisine

Meet my new Monday-itis cure.

J knows all too well that when I have a bad day, there are only a few things in life that can perk up my spirits. One of those things is food. It could have been homemade mac and cheese (my standard low-mood lifter), or even what my friend J’s daughter calls ‘Devil’s food’ (McDonalds). Instead, J suggested that we try a new Persian restaurant, Saffron, which had opened in Morley – not far from us.

We arrived at Saffron and were immediately greeted by friendly staff. A good sign. Check. They seated us promptly, gave us menus and gave us cold water for the table. I was taken aback at the level of service, to be honest, not expecting things to run so smoothly early on (when we visited, it was day 12 since opening).

We decided to start with some bread, which was a puffy, light and pleasingly chewy naan-style flat bread, sprinkled generously with sesame and nigella seeds, which were deliciously fragrant from baking. To go with the bread, we were also given a side dish of fresh mint leaves, brine-soaked walnuts and almonds, and a small rectangle of feta cheese (or something that resembled it!).

We both loved munching on the fresh and warm bread, and the mint and nut accompaniments were perfect partners with the briny and sharp cheese. Had I not already ordered a main, I would have happily gorged on a bread only meal…

J selected a beef stew, cooked with yellow split peas, tomato, eggplant and dried lime – Google tells me it is called Khoresht-e Bademjan. He loved every last drop – from the tender beef, to the cumin rich sauce – this was right up J’s alley, and is now definitely on his list of ‘favourite things’. It seemed like the perfect cold weather comfort food – the sort of rich stew you would hope to come home to on a cold night. I thought the dried lime added a really interesting acidic note to the flavour – something really unique to this particular style of cuisine.

I chose the Zereshk Polow - a special dish I remembered eating as a kid at a Persian wedding. The chicken served here was so incredibly tender – just look at the pic above!

I loved how the chicken skin had also been rubbed with a chile paste – it really added an awesome punch which I really enjoyed. Just the thing to kick me out of my bad mood.

The rice, studded generously with dried barberries, slivered almonds and bright green pistachios was incredibly well flavoured. The tender rice grains were also a sight to behold – I was amazed at how long the individual basmati grains were!

And of course, we couldn’t leave without sampling a traditional drink.

Not attacted by the carbonated yoghurt drink on offer, we both went with a sour cherry cordial instead – an excellent choice to go with our rich meals.

One sip and we were hooked! I must keep an eye out for this stuff.

The restaurant was bustling on Monday night – no mean feat in suburban Perth. I’ll be keen to see how things are going in a few months time. The local Iranian community (I have heard) have been really enthusiastic about this place – even recently celebrating new year at the restaurant.

I confess, something that initially attracted me was that the head chef at Saffron is none other than Jason Aghamiri who was featured on the Persian Food Safari on SBS.

I’m very pleased that this restaurant is brightening up our local area – the food is great, affordable, and the service is friendly. Definitely a good thing to have only ten minutes away!

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Saffron Fine Persian Cuisine

  1. chris @ bonviveur

    The food looks really delicious. It’s gotten me salivating again despite having a large dinner! It’s not to far from us. Definitely one to check out soon.

    Fantastic photos btw :)

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    1. jujichews Post author

      Definitely check it out if you can – a gem!

      And while you’re there you can laugh at the drive-thru Dominos next door.

      Thanks – I think Lightroom and I are now good friends, and shooting in raw is helping too!

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      1. chris @ bonviveur

        K & I checked it out the other night and the food was divine! Rich and flavourful, pleasing to the eye and palate. Wasn’t too busy, so got served really quickly.

        Lightroom is my indispensable tool photo management. Pretty much does all I actually need on a day to day basis. :)

      2. jujichews Post author

        I’m so glad you enjoyed it! :)

        I hope to visit Saffron again soon – there were so many menu options which we didn’t explore.

        We spotted some people eating prawns and they looked great.

  2. Mei @ libertine eats

    Oooh yum! Definitely checking this one out. The rice with barberries looks heavenly!

    Morley is brightening up nicely, hopefully I can squeeze in a visit to Charlie’s too… (and maybe take a look at my old high school which looks more like a prison.)

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  3. Claire G

    Hey Juji! We went to Saffron a couple of weeks ago and were completely blown away by the amazing food. I just stumbled across your review while wondering whether it’s too late for me to get a table there tonight, and your pictures are making me drool. I had the chello kebab with chicken and beef, and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten in my life. Can’t wait to get back there. Thanks for spreading the word for them- I think they thoroughly deserve the great reputation they’re building! Your photographs alone are enough to convince me to follow your blog, too :)

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    1. jujichews Post author

      Hi Claire!

      So glad you enjoyed it. I loved the food – must go back asap. I love that there’s so many choices, I’ll never run out of new things to try!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. Holly

    Beautiful restraunt with amazing fresh tasting Persian food, although they were busy we still had good service and great staff serving us! I give the restraunt 1000000 out of 10!

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    1. jujichews Post author

      I’m glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!

      I returned recently and was treated to more great food.

      I tried their signature saffron ice cream – it was amazing!

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  5. Jaklin

    I love Persian Food, I’m not in Australia, I’m living in USA and we have lots of Persian restaurant they are very good, “

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