Saffron Thai Restaurant
Saffron is a pretty good Thai food restaurant. It's casual, affordable dining with minimal fuss. I wouldn't call it "fast food" but there is a self-serve element to it - I call it "semi-service".
The food is good and reasonably priced. You have the typical choices like salad rolls, stir-fry noodles, sate skewers, and Jasmine rice.
Saffron specializes in grilled chicken entrees, though there is limited beef, pork, and/or seafood dishes. You can order a la carte, or combination plates which include Jasmine rice and Cambodian salad.
When ordering, remember to indicate how spicy you want the food to be. Authentic Thai food is really spicy, so if you've never had Thai food, best to start your culinary experience at "mild" or "not spicy". "Not spicy" is has its advantages: it allows the subtle flavors to come through without the burn your tongue effect.
How it Works
The way it works is that you go to the counter, order, pay, and then sit down. When they call your number, you wave or indicate where you are sitting, and the gentleman will bring you your food. The food is served on real chinaware with real utensils (not disposable containers/wraps). You serve yourself water & napkins. When you finish, you can get up and leave - you do not have to clean the table.
Saffron has indoor and outdoor seating. The decor is a mix of Old World Thai sculptures and contemporary art available for sale.
Saffrons is environmentally friendly and will give you a 10% discount if you bring your own Tupperware for take-out orders. As well, there is a large recycling bin that is easily accessible and prominently located.
Most people don't leave a tip, though you can if you want to because the service is good.
A limited number of parking spots are available outside the restaurant. Park in and around surrounding side streets. If you wish to take-out but cannot find parking, you can telephone them and they will deliver your order to your car when it is ready. It's a nice touch.
3731-B India Street
San Diego, CA 92103
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Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday
10:30 - 9 pm
10:30 - 10 pm
10:30 - 9 pm
11:00 - 9 pm