Sweet and savory is the name of the game in Morocco, evoking thoughts of lush fabric textures in jewel tones draping across interiors of distinct architecture. Morocco is a cultural crossroads and that’s reflected in its food with identifiable elements of Iberian, Mediterranean, North African Jewish, and Berber cuisine.  Chef Anas Sentissi channels that storied culture and tradition through his use of exotic spices at Saffron Café in downtown Indianapolis.

Chef Sentissi honors the timeless techniques and flavors of his home country while still keeping in mind modern necessities, like gluten-free and vegan offerings, on his menu. All ingredients are fresh, organic, and locally-sourced, whenever possible. Saffron’s decor is warm, intimate, and inviting with an enclosed patio that is perfect for enjoying a glass of house wine, imported from Morocco, on a rainy afternoon.

Like in the bistilla, most Moroccan cuisine draws from the extreme ends of the sweet and savory worlds. Expect ingredients not typically sharing a dish like cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, ginger, powdered sugar, paprika, and saffron to be mixed in with raisins, vermicelli, garlic, couscous, almonds, and lots and lots of olive oil.

Chef Sentissi owns and operates Saffron Café a successful restaurant on Ft Wayne Avenue, but he also offers the services of his Poccadio Moroccan Grill food truck at various locations around the city.

He is so passionate about health and showing patrons how fantastic healthy food can taste, aside from eating his creations at the food truck or restaurant Chef Sentissi will teach you how to cook with saffron during one of his exclusive cooking classes at Saffron Cafe!

If you missed the segment on IN the Loop about Saffron Cafe check out the video below. And don’t forget to watch me, Erica Stikeleather every Sunday night at 11:30 on WISH TV 8. Keeping you IN the Loop of everything that is Indianapolis.

Written by Erica Stikeleather

Erica Stikeleather was born and raised in Indiana. Her studies brought her to Ohio where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media from Cedarville University. She then interned in Washington, D.C. as a communications assistant with the civic education non-profit, Presidential Classroom, and also at Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, right here in Indianapolis. Erica has spent the last 3 years in Los Angeles, working in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera. While in LA, she walked in several fashion shows during LA Fashion week, for Macy’s on the RMS Queen Mary, and also in the Powertec Model & Fitness Competition for Elisabetta Rogiani at the W Hotel, Hollywood. She is a SAG-AFTRA actress with a passion for independent filmmaking. Some of her independent film work, Freerunner and Proxy, can be found on Netflix. She has acted in music videos with Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Chris Brown as well as in numerous television commercials. She can also be seen in the film, Gangster Squad, with Sean Penn. Erica’s studies have brought her back to her home state where she is currently enrolled at IUPUI as she prepares for veterinary school. She plans to combine her experience in filmmaking with veterinary medicine to create interactive documentaries about veterinary medicine around the world. Erica is thrilled to join IN The Loop and to show the world what the great city of Indianapolis has to offer. She loves fall in Indiana, farmer’s markets in the summer, horse-back riding, and seeing as many sporting events, live music, and museums as possible. If you see her out and about, come say hello, and let her know what you love about Indianapolis!

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