February is Black History Month. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to celebrate Montreal's restaurateurs who are an integral part of the city's culinary diversity.
3426 Avenue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, H4C 1P2
If you like to eat in a festive atmosphere with wonderful DJs, Tropikal is for you. On weekends, it's not uncommon to have to wait to get in because it's so popular. Serving stylish urban cuisine, we go there to share dishes and platters with friends with good cocktails.
Lloydies has been serving Caribbean food made with love in Montreal since 1987. They now have 2 branches, one on the plateau and one in Saint-Henri and they are mainly known for their famous "Jamaican patty". The meats are mastered to perfection, whether in a dish, poutine, or bucket.
4030 Rue Wellington, Montréal, H4G 1V3
Located in Verdun on Wellington Street, they will make you feel like you are in the Caribbean with the atmosphere, the way they welcome you and of course, the food. Find traditional Haitian dishes like griot, lambi creole, tassot cabrit, or fried fish. They have "fusion" options like their Kwizinn mac'n'cheese or their plantain burger!
5265 Chemin Queen Mary, Montréal, H3W 1Y3
Congolese express restaurant on Queen Mary in Côte-des-Neiges, they are known for its excellent grilled meat bathed in a delicious sauce. They sell jars of their sauce because it is so popular. The chicken and sausage poutine is also worth a stop. All their cocktails have names representing different neighborhoods of Montreal like Hochelaga, Saint-Michel, or Rosemont.
4541 Rue Bélanger E, Montréal, H1T 1B7
Akwaba Restaurant (which means Welcome) is located in the Rosemont-Petite Patrie district of Montreal. Akwaba offers a culinary journey combining African and Greek sweetness with a touch of modernity and originality. The Akwaba concept consists of promoting the true flavors of authentic African cuisine in all its dimensions in order to make it better known and to introduce ingredients of African cuisine in some Greek recipes: thus the potato is replaced by the yam or the African sweet potato in the Greek Moussaka, etc.
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1236 Rue Mackay, Montréal, H3G 2H4
From the moment you walk through the door at Mango Bay, you are transported to the world of the Caribbean. Work up an appetite with appetizers such as Mango Bay style chicken wings or spicy puff pastries with sauce. Continue with house specialties like goat meat dishes, jerk chicken, mango chicken, or their fried fish. All the meats are cooked on a charcoal bbq, which enhances all the flavors.
1485 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal, H2X 1Z9
Chef Paul Toussaint offers comforting, colorful, and tasty Haitian cuisine. Try their menu for one or two people with a Creole or Caribbean theme or the Soleil menu.
232 Rue Jean-Talon O, Montréal, H2R 2X5
This restaurant and catering service distinguishes itself with a menu with Senegalese and West African accents. (Re) Discover classic dishes of this cuisine such as Thieboudienne (red rice, fish, and vegetables) or Yassa (marinated chicken, lemon, and onions), or Dibi (grilled lamb or chicken).
1487 Rue Saint-Catherine E, H2L 2H9
Enjoy their cuisine with tropical foods. They offer an a la carte menu or when you want to discover this cuisine, opt for their discovery combo or the land and sea or fried chicken combo. There are also some vegan options on their menu.
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6892 Avenue Victoria, Montréal, H3W 2T4
Open since 1980 in Côte-des-Neiges, they serve excellent Caribbean food. Well known for its potato stuffed roasts and a choice of shrimp, goat, chicken, and many other options. Many homemade dishes like chicken stew, aki, cod, chickpea, or oxtail. Order their homemade sauces or packages of frozen dumplings along with your meal. They have been open and respected for so many years that we suggest you add them to your list of restaurants to try.
Very popular for their Malagasy-influenced brunches mixed with Montreal dishes, they are now available for you at home. From 8:30 am to 11 am for brunch and daily specials until 3:30 pm. Change up your routine with a ginger pork spare rib breakfast or take a classic with a restaurant twist like a homemade smoked salmon with maple syrup and Madagascar green pepper. For lunch, discover dishes like coconut chicken or homemade meatballs with Malagasy tomato sauce. If you're eating hot, add an extra helping of their homemade chili sauce, it's sublime.
851 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, H2J 2H9
Here, you can enjoy typically and revisited dishes from Sub-Saharan Africa. Run by a mother-daughter duo passionate about African cuisine, you can even experience the restaurant's atmosphere by selecting their Spotify playlist. With a gourmet touch, you can eat there with gluten-free and vegan options, it is truly possible for everyone to find their way around this menu. Stay tuned to their website to find out what's on the menu this week before it runs out.