Safran Charcoal Persian Restaurant
Middle Eastern and African
Located in the heart of Leeds, Safran is just a stone’s throw from the train station and a short walk from the city’s various attractions, including First Direct Arena, Leeds City Museum and the Playhouse. Awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, this well-established restaurant has received consistently great reviews for its outstanding service and freshly prepared food. The menu showcases Persian cuisine and the interior incorporates traditional rugs, fabrics and paintings, all of which give the space character and create a sense of authentic homeliness.
Dishes are prepared on the restaurant’s charcoal grill and the chefs make use of classic Persian flavours such as saffron, parsley and dried lime. The huge variety of plates means that there’s something to suit every palate, including various vegetarian choices. Start simply with homemade hummus or a fresh Greek salad. Alternatively, if you’re craving something comforting try the chicken soup or the ash reshteh – a vegetable soup with noodles, lentils and chickpeas. If you’d like to sample a selection of traditional Persian flavours, pair the mixed lamb starter with a portion of mast-o-khiar, which is the Persian take on the classic cucumber and mint dip.
Diners rave about the kebabs, and you can choose from a minced chicken kebab, a juicy minced lamb kebab, or a combination of both. If you prefer seafood, the grilled fish of the day, served with basmati rice and fresh naan bread should be high on your list. Meanwhile, vegetarian options include split peas and tomatoes in saffron, green pepper and Persian spices – and the okra-based bamiyeh. If you still can’t decide, why not order the mixed grill to share with your dining partner? As well as its range of Persian dishes, the menu also offers a selection of Arabic plates such as shish kebabs, falafel dishes and shish tawouq – chicken marinated in yoghurt and traditional spices.
Safran also boasts a great drinks selection including wine, spirits, beer and soft drinks. For something a little different, sample a pot of Persian tea – the perfect complement to your luxurious Persian feast.