Determined to eat somewhere a bit more upmarket than the local cheap and cheerful pub around the corner, we subtly steered our group towards Saffy’s across from the Ramada Hotel in Ayr. You’ve got to hand it to Saffy’s for putting together a well-balanced vegetarian menu in addition to their regular pre-theatre/lunch and a la carte menus. It would appear that once again Tam Cowan, the Daily Record’s ubiquitous restaurant reviewer, had beaten us to it. That always happens!
Our welcome was suitably warm and we were quickly seated in a cosy corner on the upper level. The dishes we chose included curried chicken, haloumi with couscous, vegetable linguine, Thai salmon, fishcakes in a creamy leak sauce, freshly battered fish and chips, apple crumble, creme brulee and homemade shortbread. Every mouthful of every dish was oohed and aaahed over. The food at Saffy’s was full of flavour; chef really knows his sauces. We’re not usually so easy to please and there is always someone who will find fault with an aspect of the food, but today at Saffy’s was a rare exception.
The restaurant is an informal, no-frills kind of place with wood floors and tables. Saffy’s places the emphasis firmly on well prepared food using quality ingredients.
Checking out the ‘facilities’ is an important part of every restaurant visit. I’m pleased to report that the loo passed my stringent quality test with flying colours and was nicely appointed and squeaky clean.
Part of me longs to visit in the evening and sample the a la carte menu, but when it costs just £9.95 for the pre-theatre menu, its very hard not to opt for that bargain offer. Save money and go lunchtime. It’s the Scottish way!