New restaurant brings Moroccan food to Wichita

The popular couscous dish at the new Marrakech Cafe is served only on Fridays.

The popular couscous dish at the new Marrakech Cafe is served only on Fridays.

A new restaurant near 21st and Woodlawn is bringing a new cuisine to Wichita: Moroccan.

Former Wichita Eagle carrier Badreddine Rahali and his wife, Fatiha, opened Marrakech Cafe at 6257 E. 21st St. N. earlier this month in a space formerly occupied by a dry cleaner. It specializes in cuisine from Rahali’s native Morocco, which he says focuses on exotic spices and meats such as chicken, beef and lamb. His menu includes several deli sandwiches and meat and vegetable dishes cooked in a vessel called a “tagine.”  A popular menu item so far is a couscous dish, which layers seven different vegetables and couscous over meat. It’s available only on Fridays.

Side dishes include grape leaves, Moroccan salad and familiar dishes such as fattoush salad, hummus and baba ghanoush. The restaurant also serves fruit smoothies in flavors such as mango and pineapple, special juices such as creamy banana and creamy avocado, and several coffee drinks.

For now, the restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The couple plans to extend the hours and stay open until 10 p.m. soon.

They also plan to begin offering a lunch buffet in about a month.

For more information, call 316-765-7307.