on June 16, 2008
This small bistro is located in the Swan Hotel within walking distance of the Inner Harbor. After a day of travel we were looking for a quiet atmospere for a leisurely dinner - Wild Saffron Bistro was perfect. We had read about a few restaurants in the touristy brocures provided by the hotel at check-in. We were attracted to this particular bistro by the picture in the ad - an artful presentation of an appetizer...Outside the restaurant was a board advertising a three course menu for $28....that appealed to us and a flat screen TV let us peek in on two chefs at work in the kitchen - interesting. Without reservations, we were fortunate to be seated at an available table by the window. The sun was just setting, Frank Sinatra singing in the background above the buzz of quiet conversation. This would be relaxing...Most tables on both levels of the restaurant are for two's and fours. The upper level having a banquette against the wall, enabling the two-tops to be pushed together for a larger grooup. I'm sure you'd need advance reservations - we saw two groups of eight being turned away. The light wood table are set with a single flower - ours was an orchid sprig. good quality wine glasses, linen napkins and dim lighting gave the "bistro" a romantic atmosphere. The open kitchen at the far end of the restaurant and 2 TV screens allowed you to divert your attention to the food preparation, if so desired.The mousse liver pate was smooth and full of flavor, accompanied by a few greens and toasted baguette round. Duck Breast with Plum Sauce was tender and cooked medium rare as requested - this was served with truffle mashed potato. The Shrimp and Scallop dish was prepared with a slightly spicy rub and served with lime sauce over jade rice. Both dishes were strewn with edible flowers and two sprigs of herb. Time for dessert.....White Chocolate Creme Brulee with fresh seasonal fruit....what a treat. Take a look at their "MENU".We sipped the remainder of our wine and hated to leave - what a pleasant evening....so....we ordered "Special Coffees" - one with Grand Marnier and Kahlua and the other with Brandy and Kahlua - both topped with fresh whipped cream. If you care to extend the evening, you can walk down the hall to their Brew Pub. It's a neat place - exposed brick walls, glass overlooking a patio and the street beyond, there is live music every night with dancing if the crowd is willing.....and no cover.We enjoyed a quiet, romantic stroll back to our hotel....The view of the Parliament Building all lit up overlooking the Inner Harbor is memorable - as was our evening.
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