Sapphire Pan Asian

★★★★☆
  • 917 Floradale Dr

    Saint Louis, MO 63132

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  • 314-361-0013

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Zoe's is now Saffire: I hear the chef bought the place (or something like that). The menu has changed somewhat, but some things have not. Translation: the food is as bad as it ever was.

We returned last week after the name change, in hopes that our previous abysmal experience here was an anomaly. It was not. DO NOT be fooled by the St. Louis reviewers who rave about this place. They know not of what they speak. Better yet, they know not what they eat.

The appetizers were passable -- we had the spring rolls (fresh) and the summer rolls (fried), and both were edible but nothing like what they could be. The sauces were, in St. Louis fashion, heavy handed and not at all unique. But had we known what the entrees would be like, we would have filled up on these instead.

The crispy tilapia was NOT crispy, unless you count a small part of one edge. The majority of it was soggy and disgusting. Someone in the kitchen needs to learn a bit about deep frying -- either that or get the fryer fixed if its broken.

The short ribs --recommended by our server -- were lukewarm at best. I understand the intent -- to impart a bit of five-spice flavoring. But the overwhelming sensation was COLD and sickly sweet. And the side noodle/asparagus dish had sauce that was overpoweringly one-dimensionally sweet.

Both of these entrees left bad tastes in our mouths. They were most akin to leftovers poorly reheated.

There was NOTHING redeeming about this dinner, unless you count the new paint job that the place has had. I would personally be ashamed to serve this kind of food even from my amateur kitchen at home.

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★☆☆☆☆

Zoe's is now Saffire: I hear the chef bought the place (or something like that). The menu has changed somewhat, but some things have not. Translation: the food is as bad as it ever was.

We returned last week after the name change, in hopes that our previous abysmal experience here was an anomaly. It was not. DO NOT be fooled by the St. Louis reviewers who rave about this place. They know not of what they speak. Better yet, they know not what they eat.

The appetizers were passable -- we had the spring rolls (fresh) and the summer rolls (fried), and both were edible but nothing like what they could be. The sauces were, in St. Louis fashion, heavy handed and not at all unique. But had we known what the entrees would be like, we would have filled up on these instead.

The crispy tilapia was NOT crispy, unless you count a small part of one edge. The majority of it was soggy and disgusting. Someone in the kitchen needs to learn a bit about deep frying -- either that or get the fryer fixed if its broken.

The short ribs --recommended by our server -- were lukewarm at best. I understand the intent -- to impart a bit of five-spice flavoring. But the overwhelming sensation was COLD and sickly sweet. And the side noodle/asparagus dish had sauce that was overpoweringly one-dimensionally sweet.

Both of these entrees left bad tastes in our mouths. They were most akin to leftovers poorly reheated.

There was NOTHING redeeming about this dinner, unless you count the new paint job that the place has had. I would personally be ashamed to serve this kind of food even from my amateur kitchen at home.

Pros: New paint job!

Cons: Disgusting food

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When I ate here, and the waiter was helpful, also he recommended a dish for me. I also asked if we could make it spicier, he did it no problem. The dessert was amazing. Overall it was a good experience.

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★★★★☆

When I ate here, and the waiter was helpful, also he recommended a dish for me. I also asked if we could make it spicier, he did it no problem. The dessert was amazing. Overall it was a good experience.

Pros: In the Central West End

Cons: Parking, very noisy

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The staff at Zoe ruined my family's evening and sent my wife home in tears. I have lived in the Central West End for years and I have never been to a restaurant with such rude staff and impersonal ambiance. The owner was especially unkind and embarrassingly unprofessional. It really is too bad that such a nice neighborhood has such an establishment.

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★☆☆☆☆

The staff at Zoe ruined my family's evening and sent my wife home in tears. I have lived in the Central West End for years and I have never been to a restaurant with such rude staff and impersonal ambiance. The owner was especially unkind and embarrassingly unprofessional. It really is too bad that such a nice neighborhood has such an establishment.

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Zoe's was quite the fortuitous find for us. Wow. My husband and I would have liked to have ordered a sample of everything, but inevitably, we had to pick from their extensive and thoroughly interesting menu. I don't think you can go wrong in whatever you pick. As they were whisked by to other tables, the dishes I observed were all beautifully presented and quite appetizing. The complexity of our own dishes - the tuna sashimi salad and my husband had some taco type concoction (sorry, I don't recall exactly what it was!) were both incredible . Our waiter was so friendly and helpful - I smile at the recollection of him. It all made for a very enjoyable outing.

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★★★★★

Zoe's was quite the fortuitous find for us. Wow. My husband and I would have liked to have ordered a sample of everything, but inevitably, we had to pick from their extensive and thoroughly interesting menu. I don't think you can go wrong in whatever you pick. As they were whisked by to other tables, the dishes I observed were all beautifully presented and quite appetizing. The complexity of our own dishes - the tuna sashimi salad and my husband had some taco type concoction (sorry, I don't recall exactly what it was!) were both incredible . Our waiter was so friendly and helpful - I smile at the recollection of him. It all made for a very enjoyable outing.

Pros: Excellent food, friendly and helpful staff

Cons: minimalist decor -- but that isn't necessarily a con . . .

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In St Louis on vacation, went here for lunch. Ordered spring summer rolls with hot and spicy peanut sauce as an appetizer, and the spicy wok seared salmon, spinach, red pepper and fresh basil with vermicelli noodles as my entree. It was amazing, made with fresh ingredients. Went at about 1:30 on a tuesday. They seemed to be a little understaffed, but the food more than made up for it. It's hard to get good thai food in kansas city where im from so this was a treat. The atmosphere was a little bit too minimalist and stark for my taste, I guess they want the color and focus to remain on the food. But overall Im going back next time I'm in town.

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★★★★★

In St Louis on vacation, went here for lunch. Ordered spring summer rolls with hot and spicy peanut sauce as an appetizer, and the spicy wok seared salmon, spinach, red pepper and fresh basil with vermicelli noodles as my entree. It was amazing, made with fresh ingredients. Went at about 1:30 on a tuesday. They seemed to be a little understaffed, but the food more than made up for it. It's hard to get good thai food in kansas city where im from so this was a treat. The atmosphere was a little bit too minimalist and stark for my taste, I guess they want the color and focus to remain on the food. But overall Im going back next time I'm in town.

Pros: Wonderful appetizers and hot tea! Outside seating!

Cons: Nothing

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I'm a big fan of Zoe's and I'm glad that they are trying to keep the restaurant fresh. However, the new décor is oppressively dark. I'm sure that they'll come up with a creative way to make the new, minimalist design more interesting and brighter, but I hope they do it quickly because the visual appeal of their food is lost in the darkness. Don't miss the sweet potatoes! Fun bar menu. Can we have blue cheese stuffed olives please, and a "Zoe worthy" new Martini to go with them?

2
★★★★☆

I'm a big fan of Zoe's and I'm glad that they are trying to keep the restaurant fresh. However, the new décor is oppressively dark. I'm sure that they'll come up with a creative way to make the new, minimalist design more interesting and brighter, but I hope they do it quickly because the visual appeal of their food is lost in the darkness. Don't miss the sweet potatoes! Fun bar menu. Can we have blue cheese stuffed olives please, and a "Zoe worthy" new Martini to go with them?

Pros: consistently good, take a date, see your friends

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the food is good, the seating is intimte and the decorations are contemporary and cool. they also have a great drink menu lots of exotic martinies. i had this great barbq salmon that was really good and i love the salads and appetizers. plus the location couldnt be better your right in the cwe with all the great shopping and lots of people.

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★★★★☆

the food is good, the seating is intimte and the decorations are contemporary and cool. they also have a great drink menu lots of exotic martinies. i had this great barbq salmon that was really good and i love the salads and appetizers. plus the location couldnt be better your right in the cwe with all the great shopping and lots of people.

Pros: great drink menu, good location, delicous food

Cons: not a lot of parking, can be crowded

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A chic restaurant in the heart of the CWE, Zoe's is a place to see and be seen. The food is delicious, the portions are generous and the staff is super nice about splitting a meal.(they bring it out to you already served into two bowls!) On weekend evenings, you should call ahead to make reservations.

The sesame chicken noodle is my staple there!

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★★★★★

A chic restaurant in the heart of the CWE, Zoe's is a place to see and be seen. The food is delicious, the portions are generous and the staff is super nice about splitting a meal.(they bring it out to you already served into two bowls!) On weekend evenings, you should call ahead to make reservations.

The sesame chicken noodle is my staple there!

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I went to Zoe on a Tuesday evening and I enjoyed the ambience and the extraordinary food

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★★★★★

I went to Zoe on a Tuesday evening and I enjoyed the ambience and the extraordinary food

Pros: Original food, Good ambience

Cons: A little bit noisy

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The food is great, the ambience is great, but it is a bit noisy inside. I highly recommend the patio on a nice evening. I fyou go home without dessert, then you have missed out!

2
★★★★★

The food is great, the ambience is great, but it is a bit noisy inside. I highly recommend the patio on a nice evening. I fyou go home without dessert, then you have missed out!

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I love Zoe's! The food is wonderful & the atmosphere is great!

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★★★★★

I love Zoe's! The food is wonderful & the atmosphere is great!

 

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