Elevated Thai classics overlooking Cotai

Fresh herbs, springy noodles, complex broths — authentic Thai food awaits at Saffron. A must-try culinary experience in Banyan Tree Macau, one of several luxury properties within the Galaxy Macau complex, this acclaimed Thai restaurant does not hold back when it comes to flavor and freshness.

Inside the sophisticated address, you will be surrounded by ornate lattice wood columns and hand-selected Thai tableware, alongside an enticing menu that elevates classic dishes with premium ingredients and artful plating.

Though the culinary experience at Saffron would be right at home in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, you can’t possibly forget you’re in Macau, thanks to panoramic views of Cotai — the city’s glitzy hotel, shopping and gaming strip — from the 31st floor.
Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The views of Cotai say it all: Saffron is on top of the world when it comes to its prime location, strip vistas, authenticity and execution.
  • Conceptualized by international interior design firm Chhada Siembieda and Associates, the floor-to-ceiling latticed wood columns, golden bird sculptures, dark stone walls and chili-hued accents create an elegant atmosphere that calls for smart-casual attire.
  • While the menu covers many Thai classics from all over the country — Phuket to Hua Hin, Bangkok to Chiang Rai — each dish has been refined with specially sourced ingredients, modern touches and photogenic plating.
  • Most evenings, the Macau restaurant surprises guests with live music by in-house band Kheem, which plays everything from Thai classical music to international pop hits.
  • You can’t go wrong with one of Saffron’s signature dishes, such as the perennially popular khao soy goong munggorn. It takes Northern-style curry to the next level with fresh lobster, crispy egg noodles, aromatic kaffir lime and ample coconut cream.

The Food

  • If you’re dining with friends or family, kick things off with a miang kham platter. The traditional Thai appetizer comes with fresh betel leaves, which you can wrap around roasted dried shrimp, coconut, peanut, lime and ginger then dip into a sauce made with shrimp paste and palm sugar to create the perfect bite — sweet, sour, salty and spicy all at once.
  • The pla kapong ob samunprai (baked whole sea bass) is another top contender, especially for larger groups. Wafting from the open kitchen, a delicious aroma of garlic, turmeric, seared lime and tamarind augurs well for the ultra-tender white, flaky fish meat inside.
  • Spice lovers will appreciate the nuea phad prik kee noo bai ye-hra (Northern-style stir-fried wagyu beef filet). Thai chili adds heat while fresh butter lettuce cools things down, and cumin leaves offer a slightly bitter, slightly sweet addition.
  • The restaurant experiments with Thai flavors on its drinks list, too. During its Thai O’Clock happy hour from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, sip on unlimited Thai-inspired cocktails like the Saffron Experience (made with gin and lemongrass juice) or a wine from Hua Hin’s Monsoon Valley Vineyard.

Business casual
Gluten-free options
Kid friendly
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Resort casual
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
31st Floor, Banyan Tree Macau, Galaxy Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai, Macau, China
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