If you try something new, you might really enjoy it, even if it's filling balloons with Hot Wheels and throwing them off a bridge to see if they'll float. Try some global fare with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $24 worth of healthy international cuisine and drinks at Saffran. This Groupon is valid after 4 p.m.
After achieving booming success in its native country, Iceland, Saffran is starting to grace American tongues with an eclectic mix of nutritious global eats. The menu showcases an assortment of vibrantly colored platters, such as the tandoori beef and bell peppers entree, which employs Indian spices to warm lips faster than it takes to grow a mustache ($9.95). Securely anchored teeth take trips to foreign lands aboard safflats—pizza-like edibles founded on a homemade crust made of spelt, whole wheat, and barley ($9.95). The Maroccan safflat shines a spotlight on lamb, leeks, red chili, and mushrooms, and naanwiches flash a strobe at modesty by hiding their goodies within a wrap of naan bread. Burgers ($4.95–$6.95) and freshly prepped salads($7.95–$8.95) are also available, as well as scaled-back meals for kids.
In 2009 in Iceland, an established restaurateur and financier joined forces, opening up Saffran with a focus on healthy European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern menu items. With three successful locations under their belt, the duo expanded their venture overseas, opening a location in Orlando. Their restaurant is “a fast-food concept with food that rivals some restaurants that have a wait staff,” states Orlando Sentinel food editor Heather McPherson.
The kitchen team cooks chicken burgers, tandoori beef, and Safflats (akin to pizzas) without using white flour or MSG, and the housemade marinades contain no additives or preservatives. Most ingredients in the kitchen are culled from local producers, and nothing is prepared with a deep fryer. In the dining room, dark-wooden accents inform the decor, and an oversized picture of a waterfall symbolizes the bold plunge of the scientist who first united two hydrogen molecules with one oxygen molecule, making possible the marinades Saffran prepares today.
1700 Sand Lake Rd.
Orlando, Florida 32809