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Dinner at Saffron (msp)

bnanie | Mar 21, 200809:37 AM

Thanks to the posters who gave me suggestions for dinner in Minneapolis earlier this week. Saffron got the nod, and we had a very enjoyable experience. The restaurant itself was a lovely space - muted colors, comfortable well spaced seating and tuneful N.African (I assume) music in the background. Service was pleasant and helpful but unobtrusive. We chose a number of selections from the mezze and small plate sections and shared them. From the mezze's, the giant beans (fava type in a lemon dill vinagrette) and braised greens (more lemon, with aleppo pepper) were standouts. From the small plates, the cauliflower soup was terrific - creamy but not too rich, with a beautiful garnish of dollops of cilantro puree and charmoula sauce, which also lent wonderful flavor. The squash and sweet potato 'bisteeya' was 'to die for'; roasted squash and s.p's enclosed in an incredibly flaky phyllo dough, baked and dusted with cinnamon. I'd happily eat that any night! I myself didnt taste the meat dishes. My husband enjoyed the meatballs and kubbeh, although he thought the harissa could have had a bit more of a kick, and generally preferred the vegetable dishes. There was a small but tasty wine list, and an interesting drink menu. Overall this was a terrific dining experience which we would definately recommend.

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