Restaurant Row – Cafe Azafran

by Dave on August 22, 2009

Cafe Azafran, the Meditteranean/Spanish eatery located on Lewes’ Market Street behind King’s Ice Cream, has become a fixture in the dining scene of the ‘First Town’ since its 2002 opening.

Life at Cafe Azafran begins at breakfast with pastry, cafe granola or frittata to pair with your espresso, tea or a Spanish hot chocolate.
The lunch hour brings roasted ratatouille provencal, a variety of salads and sandwiches like the Cafe Panini (Spanish serrano ham, olive tapenade, fresh mozzarella and basil on Italian bread).

At dinner, you can choose from the tapas menu with items like Bruschetta (grilled artichoke, pesto, Pecorino) or Mussels Azafrán (steamed with saffron-sofritto, jamón Serrano and white wine). Or, for a larger plate, select from entrees such as herb-crusted yellowfin tuna, seafood taragona or porcini-crusted pork tenderloin.

Tuesday evenings offer a prix fixe menu for $23, with a recent menu including local mussels in an herb broth and rockfish a la plancha with chorizo mashers.

The highlight of the week at Cafe Azafran, in our opinion, is Thursday’s reservation-required paella night, when Chef Richard Steele prepares the delicacy al fresco in a 32” pan. Don’t miss it.

Cafe Azafran
109 Market St., Lewes
644-4446 |

This article first appeared in Coastal Sussex Weekly, July 16, 2009.

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