He cites his mother and his homeland as inspirations. Hospitality is important to him: “It’s an insult if your guest didn’t like your food; you take it personally.”
Abaichi has brought touches of Morocco and himself to the restaurant. The 26-seat space is lit with Moroccan-style lamps, and his photography decorates the walls.
Indeed, when asked what moved him to open Cafe Paprika, Abaichi said, “You want to leave a mark, expose who you are, showcase who you are.”
“You touch people when you cook for them,” he said.