Safta Recently Opened and is Fantastic!

2018 September 23
by David Schlichter

The meal we had at Safta was so Good I thought it had literally put our friend Ellen into labor.  To understand this moment, though, it helps to go back in time…

Late last year my wife Jessa and I visited New Orleans and ate at Shaya, the namesake restaurant of Chef Alon Shaya and the recipient of the James Beard Best New Restaurant Award in 2016.  Of all of the amazing restaurants in the city, we chose to go there because after asking around about where we should eat in New Orleans, it was the only restaurant that came up on nearly everybody’s lists.  Our meal there was absolutely phenomenal.  We then went to two other restaurants that Chef Alon helped launch, and from there, we were hooked.

Things only got better from there: in early 2018, Alon Shaya’s cookbook/memoir Shaya: An Oddessy of Food, My Journey Back to Israel was released.  We ordered a copy, as did several friends of ours, and had a potluck dinner party exclusively with dishes from his cookbook.  It was definitely one of the tastiest dinner parties we’ve ever experienced.

And then Safta opened here in Denver.  We jumped at the opportunity to make a reservation on the opening weekend in late August.  The restaurant is housed within the new Source Hotel which opened earlier this month, and the space is wonderful.  The simple design features an open kitchen where you can watch the food be prepared while you eat.  The restaurant overlooks the mountains, so at dinnertime we were treated to an idyllic view as the sun made its beautiful retreat behind the mountains.

Diners enjoy views of the sun setting over the mountains at Safta

The food, though, was where the restaurant really shined.  We started off with lamb hummus and the cauliflower hummus.  Freshly made pitas came straight from the oven to our table, and we devoured it along with the hummus.  The five salatim plates we ordered ( watermelon and Bulgarian feta, pickles, labneh, baba ganoush, and tabouleh) wereall were divine.

Cauliflower hummus

At this point, I was pretty sure that the food had put our friend Ellen, who was 36 weeks pregnant, into labor.  She was reclining, and it seemed like something had changed within her.  But, no–something had happened to all of us. We were eating one of those meals you just don’t forget, and our bodies were savoring every moment.

Persian rice

We soldiered on to the main courses sharing it all with each other.  The crispy eggplant was incredible.  The Persian rice was outstanding. The whole roasted cauliflower was absolutely amazing.  Just when we thought we had no more room for food, we finished off the main courses with a massive lamb shank that was the best I’ve ever had.

Pomegranite braised lamb shank

Chef Alon himself was on hand to oversee the operations, and even on opening weekend the restaurant was running like a well-oiled machine.  We’ve since been back a second time for lunch, and everything was spectacular then, too, a few weeks in.  We’re already planning our next visit…

Safta is one of the most exciting new additions to the Denver restaurant scene, and if you haven’t been in yet I strongly encourage you to give it a try!

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