We have walked right by this place a few times. Actually, many times. But, we've never stopped until last Thursday. We were in the city to pick up our Bridge Run packets and decided to give it a try for dinner. No kids with us. A little free time. Sounds good, right?
Saffron Cafe and Bakery is located at 333 East Bay Street. It is really hidden and most people probably pass right by without a glance in its' direction. What can I say about Saffron? Well, I can say that they have a sweet outdoor dining spot...
I can also attest to the fact that they have super-cool lighting inside....
And, I can add that the oatmeal bread with an interesting dipping oil were intriguing. Sesame seeds are a favorite of mine so it worked for me!
Those are my positives. I like positives. I try to stay in the positive realm on this blog most of the time. However, I am about to go negative. I ordered Shrimp Skewers served with saffron rice and roasted tomato. I don't go for beef or chicken anymore. So, seafood and veggies are often my top choices!
I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. Six shrimp, a large chunk of zucchini, one roasted cherry tomato, one slice of red pepper and a piece of red onion~add a half a cup of rice and that was dinner. Not the usual Charleston fare for the price.
The mister decided on something close to his "usual". Grilled flank steak, rice and grilled tomato. Grilled tomato means one over-roasted cherry tomato. He switched out the rice for fries and the tomato for grilled onions. Okay, maybe?
His dinner did come with a really pretty chopped salad. Maybe we ordered the wrong things? It took nearly an hour and when it did arrive, it wasn't served with a smile. Sorry, folks. I can't seem to recommend this one unless you are looking for great outdoor seating and unique light fixtures inside.
To give Saffron the benefit of the doubt, they did have a beautiful case of pastries at the door. Maybe since Bakery is in the title, this is their area of excellence? I'm not sure. I do know that they have a really varied menu...falafel, burgers, wraps, gyros, curries, pasta, salads, omelets. It's a long list. Maybe they should pick something and do it really well?