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Apr 27, 2012 10:02 PM

Where is the best West African restaurant in Montreal?

I'd like to try Senegal's thibou dieun (fish and rice).

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  1. Whatever you do avoid Gracie Africa on Notre-Dame... made the mistake of eating there last week and it was the biggest rip-off value wise I've had in a long time. $40 for a single plate of mostly dried-out rice, microwaved beans and some pieces of rubbery unidentifiable conch. Disgusting.

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    1. re: OliverB

      Thanks for the warning,been thinking of going for a long time..

      1. re: jay_81k

        Same here... I decided to walk in and place a take-out order on the way home last Thursday - big mistake! I knew it was a bad move as soon as I heard the microwave door opening & slamming shut and constantly beeping every five minutes. I was totally shocked by the bill though, and I'm the type of person that generally only eats out on the higher end in this city. FORTY DOLLARS for a plate of mostly rice, beans and a few microwave zapped plantains and stringy pieces of conch though?? Since when is conch priced the same as Maine lobster? I wasn't expecting to pay half that from a hole in wall ethnic joint in St-Henri, and even so I still would've crossed this place right out. It was utterly tasteless if not for the hot sauce that I doused the plate in, and I felt pretty gross afterward. Don't be fooled by the charm of a tiny family run kitchen... I feel bad saying so, as the proprietor is a sweet woman, but this place is awful and the prices are outrageous. Her homecooking really oughta stay in her own home.

        1. re: OliverB

          There was a West African resto/grocery on Park north of Mont Royal. Is it gone? Also the Mauritanian restaurant in Mile End?

    2. There is a place on Park just north of Mont Royal on the west side of the street. It is a combined grocery/restaurant. Very good and very authentic.

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      1. re: williej

        could you give name or address, thanks

        1. re: williej

          If you mean Djoliba, that place closed about two years ago and was replaced by Tourtière Australienne.

        2. Did you just receive this month's Saveur magazine? I did and was so taken with the article on Senegal that I also wanted to see if there was any decent Senegalese in town!

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          1. re: karela

            I was driving along Decarie in VSL earlier this week and noticed an African resto in the old Ma's location. I don't remember the name and I didn't notice what region they focused on. I might be in the area today and will try to get more info.

          2. Haven't tried it, but there is Afrodiziac ( on Jean-Talon near l'Acadie. Not sure if it's what you're looking for, not knowledgeable on African cuisine but considering what little African restaurants we have in Mtl, I might as well suggest it. Comments and review were pretty good, but all date back a few years. If you search this board, you'll see I almost went once, but the lady ended up cancelling for our group because there was a snowstorn. Definitely a family place.

            1. The place in VSL is called Chez Khady and seems to be Senagalese based on this blog,

              It's right next to Tache de Cafe.

              Anyone been?

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              1. re: ios94

                not sure if those are west african but there's Hot Africa on Queen Mary near metro Snowdon and Tombouctou on cote des neiges next to the second cup

                1. re: Ghostquatre

                  so yeah I checked out Tombouctou and it's definitely West African. The restaurant is on the 2nd floor, and there's a grocery store as well in the same building. The alloco was okay, although I didn't expect the plantains to be sweet. It was my first time that I tried attieke, so I'm not sure how it would compare but it seemed okay. The grilled chicken was served some veggies on top, it was nicely seasoned although it felt just a little dry. The portions were reasonable. It was nothing spectacular but i'll definitely try it out again.

                  Also on the front of the store, it says they have buffets during lunch. The lady told me they don't do it anymore but they still have lunch specials. Next time I go, I should definitely try something more a little more authentic like their yassa, maffe or sauce feuille.

                2. re: ios94

                  Ive been to Chez Kady twice. First time I had Thiebu Djen (Fish Stew With Rice), and was disappointed by how dry the fish was. Everything was clearly just put in the microwave. Second time I had maffe, and was let down once again and I will not be returning.