Wild Saffron is located adjacent to Swans Hotel and serves progressive West Coast cuisine. Offering a menu of exciting fondues and appetizers, savoury seafood, rack of lamb, chicken and vegetarian entrees.
I have wanted to go here for quite sometime and finely did last evening. We took adavantage of the "Dine Around & Stay In Town" $35.00 menu , just a great deal.
We began our meal with five very plump prawns , the "prawntini" that was delicious. For our entree my partner and I selected the same thing, a seafood dish that was also very nice. It came with prawns, scallops , pieces of halibut and salmon in a very nice broth along with some rice that was incredibly tasty.
What I liked about the evening were the little touches. They have this great bread that they serve with an olive tapanade instead of butter which is quite different. Asked for another basket of bread it was soooo good.
While waiting for our entree a server came by with some "tuna tartar" on a small croustini, something we didn't order and weren't charged for , just a little something for us to try, again nice touch.
After our desserts that included a very nice flourless chocolate cake and a sour cherry crumble type thing with ice cream we were both stuffed. Another nice touch at the end of the meal they bring you a couple of "mocha truffles".
This is the kind of restaurant I like. They offer great value, fantastic food and something a bit different like the tapanade, tuna tartar and truffles.
Our server was very attentive and pleasant, the wait for our meal was reasonable considering the restaurant was packed.
My only little complaint is that the restaurant was a little on the warm side, then again I was wearing a sweater.
All in all very impressed with Wild Saffron Bistro and can't wait to go back!!!
We visited Wild Saffron on a business trip to Victoria. The place is inviting and warm. We both tried the Pan seared Halibut and it was very nicely prepared. The flavors were balanced and accentuated the Halibut perfectly. The veg and potatoes worked well with the fish. Presentation was pretty.
Our waiter was very knowledgeable and professional - he achieved the perfect balance of providing attentive service without being intrusive. The prices are very good for the quality of food and service. Overall great dining experience.
You could tell, this is the type of place that puts a lot of attention to detail, and cares very much that the customer has a pleasant dining experience, and gets what they pay for.
The waiter was very attentive and informative, without being overbearing. He was good with recommendations and advice, which was very appreciated. Every dish came beautifully presented and well garnished.
I only have one complaint, which was the creme brulee - it tasted awful, the consistency (liquid, literarlly) was TERRIBLE, and it was so bad that I sort of even think they made a mistake when they made that one. However, I did not complain and just let it be. Even with that said, the restaurant blew me away - especially their entrees (I had the duck and the date had the steak) were FABULOUS.
My husband and I were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary this summer and stayed at the Swans Suite Hotel (the restaurant is in the same building). We were originally going to go out, but the weather was so awful, we stayed at the hotel. What a good decision. We had the most wonderful time. Our cocktails came out quickly and were skillfully poured. Our appetizers were delicious (we had a fish salad and another plate with sausage and pate).
Our dinners of lamb and bison were cooked to perfection, had delicious and creative sauces and were presented like works of art.
Our desert was a chocolate tray of delights. We were so stuffed and couldn't finish, so they packed them up. As an added bonus they added some more chocolate covered strawberries and gave us the desert for free (as an anniversary gift).
The decor is classy-comfort and more. We had a wonderful time and would/will be going again next time we're in Victoria.
We went here on April 29th for dinner based on the reviews. My partner had the seafood angel hair pasta, and I had the rack of lamb. The angel hair pasta was soggy and way overcooked, fell apart when you touched it, and the seafood all came with shells including the prawns. My partner never orders prawns because of the shells, but his assumption was the seafood would come sans clothing. He felt he was being punished for ordering the cheapest dish at 17 dollars.
My 30 dollar rack of lamb dish was better prepared, but the rosemary dominated the flavour of the lamb which was rare, not med. rare. The vegetables were sparse but tasty, and the smashed potatoes were tasty as well.
We also had the salmon trio appy which was a good value at 12 bucks.
Our waiter was borderline sullen, and unable to crack a smile under any circumstances.
I would not return or recommend this restaurant to anyone.
The Wild Saffron has great atmosphere and is an upscale restaurant in the Swan Hotel. It is not the Swan Brewery and Pub but a separate restaurant. Chef Tom King and his Manager Albert have an ecletic and interesting menu that provides a unique alternative to more standard menus. We had the early bird special – 3 courses for $25.00 which is an excellent bargain for the price and especially considering the quality and caliber of the food. The atmosphere is very romantic with 1940 and 1950’s torch songs playing throughout the evening which is right up our alley. My husband had a salad and steak and he loved the food. My cesear salad was fresh and lightly dressed and my lamb chops were delicious. Albert was attentive and gracious without hovering and he was able to make excellent BC wine selections to pair with the meals we selected. Tom King came out and circulated around the tables which added a nice dimension to the evening. Wonderful food for such a young chef - he has quite afuture ahead of himself.
Who would have guessed that this wonderful restaurant would be part of the Sewan Hotel. This is a definite repeat for us.