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Saf (Shoreditch, London)

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Saf (Shoreditch, London)

pj26 | Oct 7, 2009 02:42 AM

Have been meaning to try Saf in Curtain Road for a while now, and last night my curiosity finally go the better of me so ventured in for dinner. Saf's menu is completely vegan, and only a few of the dishes are 'cooked above 48 degrees' - so raw.
Our table of four started with the tasting platter, which was a mixture of good and pretty horrible. The beetroot ravioli was good - a slight bite to the beetroot, stuffed with cashew ricotta, nice textures. The dolamades were also pretty good, but the rest - some kind of spread (possibly what they call 'cheese') made from nuts with flax seed crackers was not nice at all - the consistency of wallpaper paste, and possible the same taste. Olives were ok, and seeds...tasted like seeds. We also shared some dumplings stuffed with woodear mushrooms, which were ok, but the cases were a bit chewy.
My main of a 'lasagne' - mushroom, a kind of cheese made from nuts, a dehydrated tomato and what they call a 'bolognaise' (I still have no idea what this was made of) was bland. Not really sure how they can get away with calling it a 'lasagne' without pasta, cheese sauce and meat - it was really a stacked salad! It was raw, which would have been fine, but was at fridge temperature, so chilled far too cold to taste much at all - room temperature would have been better. Other diners had the black truffle risotto which was pretty good.
I kind of like the idea of what they do, but for the prices they charge (£7 dumplings, £14 or so for mains) it needs to be pretty special if it's not going to contain the more expensive ingredients of meat, seafood etc - and it's just not that special.

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