Are you looking for a splurge-worthy date night restaurant with vegan options in Las Vegas? Head down to Chinatown’s Saffron, The Vegetarian Eatery.
Located at the intersection of Spring Mountain and Decatur, it’s perfect for celebrating a special occasion or having a romantic meal.
The high ceilings and floral water feature in the center of the dining room lend a dramatic elegance to your dinner. Crushed red velvet booths line the walls for privacy and a beautiful bar is placed at the back of the room.
A vegetarian restaurant, Saffron is vegan-friendly with several options noted on the menu with a symbol. The diner menu includes shareable appetizers, soups and salads, entrees and desserts. Every dish is vegetarian or vegan, and several dishes are also gluten-free. They’re also as photogenic as they are delicious.
With so many gorgeous and delicious dishes to choose from, it can be hard to pick what to order. We’re here to help.
6 vegan dishes to try at Saffron, the Vegetarian Eatery
1. Black Garlic Dumplings
First, start your meal with Saffron’s black garlic dumplings. They’re are a must for garlic lovers, filled with a mixture of mushrooms. The delicate three-piece order is served in a pool of lemongrass consomme.
2. Grilled Watermelon Salad
Next up for what to order at Saffron is the watermelon salad. This colorful salad is a medley of flavors and textures dressed with a light yuzu vinaigrette. Pickled lotus root, watermelon radish and cherry tomatoes nestle into a bed of spring mix with large chunks of grilled fresh watermelon for a refreshing starter.
3. Pumpkin Coconut Soup
Third, the pumpkin coconut soup is perfect for a cool day. The velvety smooth texture of this warming soup makes it an instant hit. The roasting process brings out the sweetness of the Japanese pumpkin, balanced out with leeks and coconut. The crispy fried garnish on top adds a bit of crunch for contrast.
4. Green Tea Soba Noodle Salad
When it comes to entrees, don’t worry if you’re not into spice. The dishes here had a mild heat, with a focus on freshness and great sauces which makes the green tea soba noodle salad a must.
If you’re an adventurous eater, you’ll enjoy this dish. Perfectly seared tofu comes a top the chilled noodle dish. Then, it’s simply dressed with scallions and furikake. The chilled preparation makes this a great option for the hotter summer months!
5. Saffron Green Curry
The mild and creamy Saffron Green Curry is almost too pretty to eat. It’s a beautiful arrangement of grilled vegetables, served with steamed jasmine rice. This dish will remind you of the most upscale version of your favorite takeout order.
5. Spicy Eggplant and Fried Tofu
Dish number six features wok-tossed vegetables dressed in a savory umami sauce. The mixture of eggplant, peppers, and fried tofu gives this dish a good variety of textures. Filling portion pairs well with a side of jasmine rice to soak up the mushroom sauce.
6. Triple Chocolate Cake
Finally, Saffron hasn’t skimped on the vegan desserts. Round out your meal with the Triple Chocolate Cake. A melty scoop of ice cream comes a top the layered cake with creamy frosting.
Bonus: the cocktails
If you drink, kick things off with a fun craft cocktail. The seasonal menu includes fruit-based drinks and infused spirits, like the white sangria with lychee and green apples or the Saffron Gin Citrus Drop, garnished with a sugar rim and actual saffron threads.
3545 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, 89103; 702-201-1926; Tues. – Sat.: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.