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“Very good Morrocan cuisine, nothing fancy but very good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Saffron Cafe

Saffron Cafe
62 Fort Wayne Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (Downtown Indianapolis)
(317) 917-0131
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Ranked #99 of 2,023 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown Indianapolis
Massachussetts
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15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Very good Morrocan cuisine, nothing fancy but very good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Was staying in Indianapolis for the first time and was looking for a restaurant in downtown. For the most part, if you look at the highest rated restaurants on Trip Advisor for Indianapolis they are mostly your upscale chain joints like, Morton's, Fogo De Chao, etc, which I have no interest in trying... been there done that....so we tried Saffron Cafe instead.

The restaurant is a little bit north of the Convention Center where I was staying. It is walkable from most of the hotels downtown, but it is a bit of a walk (1.5 miles from the Marriott) The restaurant is a lone building on kind of an empty block. It appears that it could have been a fast food joint at one time. There is parking next to the restaurant, but you need to make sure that you park in one of their spots or you will get towed. The restaurant is small, perhaps enough seats for about 50 people. There is outdoor seating, but it was too cool to sit outside The decor inside is not elaborate and pretty simple. Nothing to write home about. Not your upscale eating establishment

Here is the good:

1. We had the Mozarella plate which had a nice portion of mozarella and tomatoes with olives, capers artichokes with a balsamic vinagrette. The mozarella was excellent. Cost $9.95
2. We had the lamb tajine which is a moroccan stew. It had a generous portion of lamb, many times they skimp on the lamb and give you mostly veggies, that was not the case here. Cost $19.95
3. We split the appetizer and the entree which was plenty of food for us. Depends on your appetite
4. They have excellent fresh french bread served with your food. You will eat all of it, unless there is something wrong with you.
5. Service was good, not exceptional in anyway, but good.

Here is the bad:

1. Probably not their fault, but the tap water in Indianapolis has a sour aftertaste, so we ordered sparkling water.
2. This is not a fancy restaurant with a wow atmosphere. It is a place you go to have good food
3. Price for food was average. It wasn't overpriced, but not a deal for what you get.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Elgin, Illinois USA
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108 reviews 108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Good but not really great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I don't know why this Moroccan restaurant is listed by TripAdvisor as an "Indian restaurant" but it isn't wholly Moroccan either. The menu features French and Italian dishes as well as Moroccan. Perhaps the management wants to offer familiar dishes to the more xenophobic and less adventurous Hoosiers (but I didn't see corn mush or green been casserole on the menu). The best dish we had there was the Prince Edward Island Mussels (which are served in a nice saffron infused cream sauce which didn't seem to be Morocan, French or Italian). The chickpeas and raisin "couscous" was far too sweet and was served already on the couscous which left the couscous a soggy mess. We understand the concept of sweet and savory in Moroccan cooking but this was just soggy and unbalanced with no detectable spices. The ginger chicken tagine was fairly flavorless (where's the ginger?). Fortunately, the plain couscous side dish was fluffy, well prepared and perfectly seasoned. Note that the couscous here is proper North African couscous, not the abominable but trendy "Israeli couscous" which is pea-sized flavorless pasta balls. The bread was also quite nice as well, but the Falafel seemed heavy and dense. The service was very friendly, helpful and quick and I would give the restaurant more than 3 stars if the prices were a little more reasonable.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

What a treat. The food was delicious. Lots of options for everyone. I have never had Moroccan, and if this is any indication of the cuisine, I'm dry for more. The service was impeccable, the waiter did an excellent job walking us through the menu and getting us to the right dish. Try the honey lemonade!

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Burlington, Ontario
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Not Indian but magnificent Moroccan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

Expexted Indian but the Battista appetizer (chicken-stuffed pastry with honey and nuts) alone worth visiting.

Great food, professional staff.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Moroccan Delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

This is one of my favorite restaurants. It's a small, warm place in a stunningly painted building right near the cultural trail. The owners and wait staff are wonderful. Everything I've tried there has been delicious and presented very well. The spices complement the dishes very well.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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