Having just returned from a wonderful extended weekend with friends in the D.C. area I wanted to report on Saffron restaurant in Baltimore. Don't remember where it is but I had mixed feelings about this restaurant. We went with my friend who is decidedly a "regular" as she received the utmost in "red carpet" treatment by the staff. The service was absolutely SUPERB. We began our meal with excellent fresh fruit martinis and also had a Russian River Pinot Grigio which was absolutely delicious. Three were at dinner and two of us had a chilled yogurt cucumber soup with crab which was great. My host had a tomato essence soup which the chef made off menu specially for her at her request. Most impressive as it didn't look very easy to make and it was only one portion also. We had two entrees as appetizers, a fettucini dish with truffles and cauliflower and a curry cream sauce and a acorn squash dish with beef. The pasta dish was disappointing although the beef dish was delicious. The meal began to decline here however as I thought only one of our entrees was stellar. One of my friends had sea bass which was buttery, cooked perfectly, a great dish. However it was served over a bed of saffron and wild rice and the wild rice was definitely undercooked to the point of being crunchy. We ended up sending back our dishes for replating and I should have changed my order. I had shrimp (cannot remember the sauce) which was very salty and I did not make it past one shrimp. My host had a lobster in curry sauce and while the presentation was beautiful and the tail very large, I wasn't impressed with the overall taste of the dish. Dessert consisted of a fruit soup, creme brulee with a cookie and a chocolate cake along with a muscat dessert wine, recommended by the excellent waitress which was indeed delicious. Desserts were just okay...so far the alcohol was winning out!!! I loved the atmosphere here and I would love to try it again however the entrees did not wow me in the least!!! I'd be interested to hear from others if you've eaten here!!!
P.S. We were supposed to go to the Charleston which I was saddened to here was under renovations!!