Let me start by saying that not all falafel are created equal. The reason for that is twofold. First, they aren’t all delicious, they don’t all have the same consistency, not every person cooks them properly, therefore we all have our favorites. The second reason they are not created equal, wheat flour. Some falafel have wheat flour as well as garbanzo beans and garbanzo bean flour. It is always important to ask. The falafel Saffron 685 serves is gluten-free and super delicious, most of the time.
Saffron 685 is an unpretentious Mediterranean restaurant. I have eaten in the restaurant only once, but I order take-out regularly. The manager is a somewhat quiet man who always wears a wool cap. There are a few different people who work there, but by far his cooking is the best. The restaurant, though not small has an empty feeling to it. The tables are around the outside walls and big plush pillow and sofa seating in the center. It is a little odd, I thought they would opt for more tables and less lounge since it seems to be busiest during lunchtime.
In the past week I have order their Shawerma salad, no crunchy pita chips on top, and a side of falafel twice and was happy, happy, happy. The shawerma slices were thin, the tomato wedges a nice red, the salad was properly dressed without a 1/2 cup of dressing leftover, and the presentation was lovely as well. The falafel was crispy on the outside, fluffy inside and served with a cucumber, tomato, thin yogurt sauce. I also like to dip mine in a little hot sauce.
These pictures are from my to-go experience where I added feta at home, however they do sell French Feta there and it is delicious.
I highly recommend Saffron 685 for their salads and falafel. Please do not be put off by the quiet manager/cook. Many people think he is a bit pushy, or angry, and he is none of those. He makes delicious food and cares a lot about this restaurant and his work. Now go and eat there, right away.
685 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94103