Open less than a year, and Saffron De Twah, 7636 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, is already expanding to dinner and longer hours. The dinner menu offers more vegan options, like Potato Beignets with Taktouka (traditionally made with eggs), and Moroccan Ratatouille, while also keeping some lunch favorites. Being the only Moroccan restaurant in Detroit, chef-owner Omar Anani said that their dinner menu has more classic Moroccan dishes compared to their lunch menu. “We’re slowly transitioning into more and more authentic things as our customer base grows so their flavor palates transition with us,” said Anani, noting their new chicken, potato, and olive dish. Another dish that made its debut is their BBQ Beef Dino Bone – smoked beef shortribs with a Moroccan coffee BBQ sauce, which Anani spoke animately about. Anani is just as excited about their menu of non-alcoholic cocktails, developed by Jaz’min Weaver, which also began in November. Breakfast hot-spot, Rose’s Fine Food, 10551 E Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, also recently extended their hours in order to accommodate their new dinner menu.
Metro Intelligencer is a monthly column devoted to news stories, tidbits and gossip items about what's happening on the restaurant scene in the metro Detroit area. Metro Intelligencer is reported/created each month by Dana Casadei who can be reached at DanaCasadei@DowntownPublications.com with news items or tips, on or off the record.