west african in Paris?
- dumbobruni Aug 16, 2010 03:00 PM
Hello everyone. I'm moving to the area in a couple of weeks, and I was wondering if there were any good West African restaurants, or stores where I could purchase ingredients so I can make some dishes myself.
Right and a bit farther north at Barbes and the Rue Ordener is a very new place and another selling African and Troprical stuff opposite the Jules Joffrin Metro.
I rather liked my meal at a Cape Verde place Titalina in the 18th (I don't know W African food but this is a nice neighborhood place.) http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...
Le Bamboutos on rue Sauffroy (17e), Cameroonian. All good. Try poulet DG (Poulet Directeur-Général, a combination of chilli-roasted chicken and fried plantains).
Fifa, rue Joseph-Dijon (18e), Beninese. All dishes are good.
La Tontine d'Or, rue Amelot (11th). Cameroonian (unless I'm misinformed).
Rio dos Camaroes, 55 rue Marceau, Montreuil-sous-Bois, métro Robespierre. Cameroonian, excellent reputation. Not been there yet but would gladly cross the périphérique to try.
Babylone Bis, rue Tiquetonne (2e). Afro-Caribbean. Doubles as a night bar.
La Jungle, 56 rue d'Argout (2e). The usual Western/Sahelian fare (Senegalese-Malian) - yassa, gombo, maffé - but the highlight is the secret-recipe "lait de panthère" cocktail.
Poulet braisé recommended everywhere.
Many more that I haven't tried, especially in the 10th, 18th and 17th on the Clichy-Batignolles side.
For shopping and groceries, just like vielleanglaise said. The shop at Jules Joffrin (not so new, or there is a second one) is really good. A few more shops in the middle section of rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis (between rue du Château-d'Eau and boulevard de Magenta), upper part of Sébastopol, and of course in the burbs (93, Saint-Denis, Aubervilliers...).
"The shop at Jules Joffrin (not so new, or there is a second one) is really good."
The old one (10 years old maybe) is on the south side of the Rue Ordener next to a bar/brasserie/cafe and the new (several months old) one is just feet away from the corner of Barbes-Ordener at Portes Blanches-Boinard. As Pti says, the Rue Ordener one is quite good and I can find all sorts of stuff (plaintains, all sorts of hot peppers, okra, etc) there.
re: John Talbott
"The old one (10 years old maybe) is on the south side of the Rue Ordener next to a bar/brasserie/cafe"
Yup, that's the one I know. I haven't seen the new one yet.
African shops in the Château-Rouge market district and on rue Ordener (I think there are a few more along boulevard d'Ornano) have very fresh stuff, especially in Château-Rouge. If you want to shop for crispy fresh okra, by all means go there. Also yummy manioc greens and habanero chillies. Fresh fish such as grouper (thiof) and barracuda can be found at the fish markets on rue Dejean (near the Château-Rouge métro exit). Go on Fridays and Saturdays, when the imported fresh foods arrive.
dumbo: There are a large number of restos on the West and North of Chateau Rouge (not as many as to the East and North - the Goute D'Or) but I only pass them on my limpies and have tried only a few which seem like other restos in Paris, vulnerable to changes in ownership. There's a guide you may want to get if you haven't already called something like the Guide Routard to Exotic Restaurants" here we go, it's Le guide du routard : Paris exotique, Hachette, ISBN 2012437931, Prix : 8 € environ.