Culi­nary High­light

Two kinds of pael­las at Saf­fron

City Weekend - - What's In It - Hope Parker

Saf­fron of­fers Span­ish cui­sine in a homey hu­tong set­ting. The brick walls and dé­corrr give the restau­rant an older, Mediter­ranean feel, es­pe­cially in the com­pact seat­ing on the lower floors. If you’re re­ally look­ing to get away, sit on the pa­tio where na­ture will trans­port you away from city life.

For tra­di­tional fare, en­joy san­gria (¥50/glass, ¥220/jar) or paella, which comes in two ver­sions: Span­ish or squid ink (¥299 small, ¥499 large). Each has sim­i­lar seafood fla­vors, but the toma­toes give the Span­ish paella a sweeter fra­grance.

If you can’t com­mit to one dish, share some tapas with friends. The gar­lic mush­rooms (¥69) is sim­ple but hits the spot. The sweet and salty fla­vors of the parme­san and bal­samic in the beef carpac­cio (¥78) are a lit­tle strong, but find bal­ance in each bite.

Re­lax with friends at Saf­fron as you try and share food in the clas­sic Span­ish style.

Find it: 64 Wu­daoy­ing Hu­tong, 64 , Tel: 8404-4909

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