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Discreetly located off the Banyan Tree lobby on the West Pavilion, Saffron offers a calm getaway from the cacophony of the casino floor. The high ceilings and warm woods used at Saffron create a welcoming atmosphere, with the lattice patterns and hints of gold adding a touch of luxuriousness. Seating is comfortably spaced, allowing diners a sense of privacy, with seating options that can cater from intimate meals for two to large gatherings.
Those with an affinity for Thai cuisine will enjoy the comprehensive menu here, which offers delicacies from mostly northern regions. A great starter, the pomelo salad incorporates fried crabmeat, ground peanut and a roasted chilli dressing. Served on a small charcoal grill, the grilled pork tenderloin is perfectly cooked with a tender interior and a slight char on the outside, enhanced with the accompanying spicy sauce. The tom yum goong with river prawn is a warming soup, with a pleasant combination of spicy and sour, and generous portions of the crustacean. The phad thai here is a solid rendition, with traditional Thai fried rice noodle and prawn delicately wrapped in an egg encasing. If you still have room for dessert, the mango sticky rice served with coconut ice cream is always a crowd pleaser.
There is a carefully curated wine list here, with ample selections of reds and whites from various wine-producing regions. The restaurant occasionally highlights bottles from Thailand; we sampled the Sawasdee Chenin Blanc from Khao Yai Valley – a crisp offering that paired well with our meal.
It’s clear that servers know the menu well, and are keen to cater to diners’ needs without being too overbearing.
A filling meal for two will cost approximately MOP1,000 – a great value considering the quality of food and comfortable surroundings.