Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron is a contemporary fusion concept cafe concealed in the sub-basement of Prangin Mall - Lot 33. The cafe serves a range of great coffee, alongside with a variety of ambrosial dessert and dainty meals, marking the cafe as an ideal destination to satisfy the food craving and getting a caffeine boast right directly in the heart of Georgetown.

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

One might wonder, why the cafe uses Saffron which is a premium spice as its name? Is it due to all the dishes served here are zested with Saffron?

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

The answer unveiled when we were served the premium Saffron teapot. The Spanish imported Saffron does not come cheap, costing around RM 30 per 1gm. It imparts an iodoform and hay-like fragrance, much soothing when the tea stream across the pharynx and esophagus. Saffron tea is believed to exert the cooling effect to the body.

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

The party is filled with when the 2.2lbs Roast Chicken marinated with saffron's herbed butter, honey, grated lemon rind & master stock, then stuffed with assorted vegetables prior roasted. The big tray is served with char grill tortilla bread, salad, cucumbers, onion rings and fries, just alike Thanksgiving Turkey feast.  

There are multiple way to relish on this dish. One may wrap the roasted chicken with tortilla bread and create your own concoction with the black pepper, barbecue and cheese sauce, or simply savour the roasted chicken on its original form. Pre-order is a need, as Saffron only serves 10 set of the roasted chicken everyday.

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

The robustly and tender Lamb Shank is one of our favorite for the day. The solid flavour is the outcome of vigorous processing of the lamb, which involves marination for 4 hours with specially formulated concoction of herbs & Italian chili powder, followed by 5 hours of sous vide and 2 hours of baking. 

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

For other main courses, Smoked Duck Breast and Norway Salmon are our favorite. At first glance, we thought the Smoked Duck Breast as roasted pork due to the thickened sauce dousing the duck slices. It was in fact Shiraz Wine Sauce, rendering the duck meats to demonstrate a smooth sensation. Norway Salmon is always an elegance by itself, and sous vide processing method further delivered its authentic taste, coupling with Oozie cream sauces. 

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Aglio Olio Seafood has been refined by the chef to match Malaysian's gustation, by having chili flakes to introduce a stronger burning sensation. Generous amount of olives can be found within the spaghetti serving, along with some fresh mussels and prawns.

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

For some light serving dish, Baked Chorizo is a decent choice. It is served with chicken slices, topped with emmental cheese and eggs, packing a wonderful creamy and cheesy mouth-feel. One may have it along with the French toast baguette, just like tapas in Mexican food. 

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Coffee is one of the proud serving at Saffron. They use ristretto to brew range of coffees here, meaning the espresso is made with the normal amount of ground coffee but extracted with about half the amount of water. This offers a more concentrated, a bolder, fuller and more solid cup of coffee. Signatures here would be their Cold Brew Coffee with a fruity scent, and rose mocha with the aromatic rose essence. 

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Do not forget to leave your table immediately upon finishing your meal as all the set come along with a scoop of ice cream! 

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang
Loh Jiun Dar & Loh Jiun Hee

If you are dining here and spotted the same person appearing at two different locations, behold and do not be afraid. They are actually Loh twin brothers cum barista here. Say hi to them, and they are always keen to help you to make your dining choices.

Saffron @ Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang

Saffron @ Lot 33
33-SB-01, Prangin Mall, Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, 10100, Georgetown, Penang
Operation Hour : 10.00am - 10:00pm daily
Tel: 04-250 5502

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*This article is published in Penang Food & Travel magazine.

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