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David Pollard
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This is by far m favorite restaurant in the Lou. It is quiet, friendly and the food is what I love. The owner is Korean and in addition to being a great sushi chef, he also makes the best Kal-Bi and Kimch'i I have ever had. I grew up in Hawaii with many asian influences and Korean and Japanese were always my favorites. Izakaya Ren does a great job of incorporating the things I love best into a kind of fusion offering. An example; the Crunch Bulgogi Hand Roll. This is a japanese style sushi hand roll with Rice, Bulgogi (Korean bar b que beef), cucumber, srirachi mayo, and topped with tempura crumbles. I wake up in the middle of the night wanting those. My wife loves the Spicy Scallop Hand Roll or the Yum Yum Roll. Both have scallops and an awesome spicy sauce like nothing I have ever seen. The owner is a great guy. We always come with our 12-year old and he always comes by with a Ramune (Japanese soda). The staff is friendly and they always shout a welcome from the kitchen when you enter and a thank you when you leave. Oh, I almost forgot the best part...$1 second beer. I love the Japanese lagers and they have them all in the 22 Ounce bottles. Buy one (+/- $5.00) and the second is only a buck...all the time. I find myself getting a second even if I don't need it and a get a couple of glasses to share with other diners. Kind of fun that way. This is a great place, excellent for couples, happy hour or families.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
Incredibly good food and very professional staff. We have been coming to Saffron for about 5 years and we have slowly seen their tables fill up. It has been nice to see such friendly and professional people grow their business. I suspect from the writing of the poor reviews that there are other restaurants out there that dont want to see them succeed. I can honestly say that these guys aren't rude or offending in any way. It is the most tranquil restaurant in the Lou. That being said, plan ahead, Fridays and Saturdays are busy and you may want to make a reservation. I have not been to the weekend buffet, but I hear from friends it is spectacular. The rice with is served with a little saffron and whole clove spice. It is wonderful with the dishes. I am partial to the Lamb, so I typically go with the Korma or the when I am in the mood for spice, the Lamb Rogan Josh. My wife likes the Chicken Madras...all white meat and a light to moderate spiced sauce with coconut milk. They also have a great selection of Naan, using several spice and flavor combinations. We prefer the plain and it is WAYYY better eating there. Good to take home, but when it comes hot off the grill, that is best. Our son has started to like going there as well, which is not easy to get a pre-teen interested in a foreign food. He has just seen mom and dad enjoy and his curiosity got the best of him. I am glad to see them succeed, that just means they will be around for a long time. I hope they keep up the same excellent service and flavor. Truly a great experience.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
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