Our Saffron restaurant, which first opened at Banyan Tree Phuket in 1995, brings the same quality to its delightful selection of gourmet Thai cuisine as the precious and unique saffron spice which, with 75,000 flowers needed to produce just one pound of saffron, is the very essence of refined delicacy.
From its humble beginnings as a simple curry house, Saffron has since leaped beyond its origins to become the award-winning dining experience that it is today, and the signature Thai restaurant of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts.
Meet the inventive personality behind Saffron’s culinary creations and all Thai cuisine for Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts: Chef Renu Homsombat!
Chef Renu’s journey to becoming a chef began at a very early age, when Renu loved to join her mother in the kitchen of the small family-owned restaurant in her hometown. With her passion for cooking stimulated, she developed her skills and repertoire over the years to become an acclaimed chef appearing at international food festivals, and preparing dishes for Michelin-starred restaurants.
She has recently lent her talents to the German Schwarzwaldstube, the longest sustained 3-Michelin Star restaurant in Europe; Conde Nast in New York City; Millesime in Mexico City; the top-class Gourmet & Wien Festival in Rheingau, Germany; the Bangkok Gourmet Festival; and the 2-Michelin Star ECCO in Zurich.