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Safran

City Centre · Mediterranean · ££££
Excellent
5.2/6
26 Reviews

About Safran

Safran is a family owned and operated Persian restaurant on Leeds’ Kirkgate, unceremoniously plonked next to a Megabus stop – but don’t let that deter you. For the intrepid diner, here is a treasure trove of excellent Persian specialties to discover in a warm and welcoming environment. From its unimposing exterior, you’d be forgiven for thinking Safran is a run-of-the-mill takeaway, but don’t allow appearances to deceive – there’s something special here.

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Address

Safran
81 Kirkgate, City Centre
Leeds LS2 7DJ

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:30 pm
Sunday
12:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Chef's Choice

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Starters

Kashke Bademjan

Aubergine cooked in garlic, garnished with fried mint and walnuts.
£3.70

Chicken Soup

Chicken, Onion, Tomato, Parsley and Pearl Barley.
£5.00

Salad Shirazi

Diced tomato & Cucumber with Onion, Mint & Lemon Juice.
£3.95
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Mains

Barg

A skewer of marinated lamb fillet and charcol tomatoes, rice and salad.
£11.00

Makhsoos

A Skewer of koubideh and a skewer of marinated chicken breast with yoghurt, grilled tomatoes , rice and salad.
£9.95

Grilled Fish (Sea Bass)

A marinated whole fish, served with basmati steamed rice or fresh naan bread grilled tomatoes.
£12.50

Further Information

Once inside, diners can be in no doubt that they’re in a Persian restaurant, with Persian landscapes and paintings adorning the walls, and traditional long tables for group meals as well space for intimate couple or family meals. Guests at Safran are invited to choose from a plethora of dishes, some likely to be unfamiliar to all but the most experienced Iranian food fan. So dive into a falafel plate big enough to share or opt for something a little more exotic and tuck into Iranian stew, known as bamiyeh, a sumptuous mix of lamb, okra and saffron-infused rice.

For diners with a hankering for something meaty, Safran offers an excellent Persian mix with a range of kebabs and skewered meats, great for sharing. The Leeds’ Kirkgate eatery makes all their marinades in house so expect kebabs to come with a serious kick. Safran is open daily for lunch right through into the evening for dinner service. The team at Safran have been delighting locals at this corner of the River Aire with an excellent takeaway option too, but the food at Safran, a fully-licensed restaurant, is best enjoyed from inside its cavernous dining room.

26 Safran Reviews

"Excellent"6/6
Peter N.4 days ago · 1 review

Excellent food and service without being intrusive, the staff were friendly helpful. None of us had had Persian food before but all three of us enjoyed - we would not hesitate to go again.

"Excellent"6/6
Martin L.21 days ago · 1 review

Excellent service, really friendly and efficient. Delicious food. We shared different dishes, aubergine fabulous, lamb really succulent - all cooked to order but didn't have to wait long.

"Excellent"6/6
Susan C.3 months ago · 1 review

Delicious food, generous portions, good value and a lovely friendly waitress. The restaurant was recommended by a work colleague in London - turned out to be a great recommendation and next time we are in Leeds we will be booking Safran again!

"Excellent"6/6
Nikki H.6 months ago · 1 review

Lovely place, don't be put off the kebab place look, amazing food. BYOB always a plus. Would recommend the special starter. Will definitely be returning. Thank you.

"Excellent"6/6
joanne W.2 years ago · 1 review

Safran is one of my favourite restaurants in Leeds, the staff are wonderful, attentive but not in your face. We try to get there at least once a year & I tend to go with friends who I don't see on a regular basis therefore when we get together we talk non stop, we have never felt rushed to leave the table. Once again our recent experience was as good as ever. We also like that you can to, they do charge a corkage but that's understandable. Well done Safran, we will be back

"Great"5/6
imgAndrew N.8 months ago · 2 reviews

Had a mixed lamb and chicken kabab which was nice , came with rice and salad. The only thing was it stated in menu it came with yougart. We asked about this thinking it should have come with a yougart sauce. We were told it means the chicken is cooked in yougart! But she said do we want some anyway , and so was brought a dish of herby yougart which it needed! Would have been too dry without a dip for the meat! Nice size portions. It was £14 for kabab meal with a soft drink , so not cheap really for plain environment but nice food.

"Great"5/6
Tracey B.6 months ago · 1 review

Smart looking restaurant to say it's located in a neglected part of town, Kirkgate Nice food & plenty of it My friends had variety of kebabs & I had a stew type dish all served with piles of saffron rice Service wasnt too bad Waiter was a young lad,just learning the ropes it seemed which is OK,everyone needs to start from somewhere The order was correct when it came so no probs there Will go back again

"Good"4/6
Melissa M.2 years ago · 1 review

The place was pretty empty for a Friday night. Overall, my spouse and I really liked our food. I would go back soon. My spouse was not as big of a fan and would be more willing to try other places before a second trip to Safran.

"Excellent"6/6
Frankie F.2 years ago · 1 review

We went for my Birthday a large party of 13. The service was excellent and the food was even better. I'd go every week if I could. Please don't be put off because it looks like a cafe there are more table in the back room that are more like going into a restaurant. Value for money second to non.

"Great"5/6
Shandiz M.9 months ago · 1 review

The food is very good ... dessert persian ice cream is fabulouse ... just as a suggestion for the owner please if you add the photo of foods to the menu then the non-persian customer will be more comfortable to order and see what food they will get on their dish.

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