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.
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.
Lovely food and great service.Not convinced they had our reservation as she seemed surprised to see us but it wasn't a problem as there was plenty of room. Food tastes so fresh and cooked to perfection. Recommend to everyone.
Our first visit to this fabulous restaurant. The food was excellent and our waitress quick to respond to our every request. We shall certainly return.
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 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.
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
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.
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!
Safran is a family-run Persian restaurant and the food is lovingly cooked and presented. It is also very reasonably priced, for a real taste of something different. We had the Mixed Grill, but, beware - as this is more than enough food for two. Food is mainly lightly spiced.
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
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.