The largest city in Canada’s Francophone province of Québec is home to a number of Nigerians. Montréal has a thriving diaspora of people of Nigerian descent who have made an impact on the city, just as they have elsewhere throughout Canada. Nigerians in Montréal come from various ethnic groups like Edo, Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba. One thing is for sure though, they come together for special events like Nigerian Independence Day or for gatherings put on by community organizations like the Nigerian Canadian Association of Quebec.
One thing that unites the Nigerian diaspora is an appreciation for delicious and flavourful food like pepper soup. While making it at home is best, sometimes you just don’t have the time, ingredients, or would like someone else to do the work — and wash the dishes afterwards! When that time comes and you just have to get a fix of some spicy chicken, goat, or fufu, it’s only natural that you get curious about where to find Nigerian cuisine in Montréal.
Fear not. This guide is here to help. Here’s our pick of the top five Nigerian restaurants in Montréal.
Located in the Saint-Léonard area, Akwaba is not in the most central location, but the food is worth travelling for. It serves fusion cuisine drawing its influences from various African dishes and even some international ones. Some of the dishes include jollof rice, plantain, braised beef and chicken, as well as a goat. Craving fufu? That’s on the menu too. It's served with okra soup and you can also choose a seed sauce as an accompaniment. Finish off with some African donuts drenched in pineapple syrup.
1 (514) 507-1186 4541 Rue Bélanger, Montréal, Quebec H1T 1B7 Akwaba
1 (514) 461-4395 9015 Rue Airlie LaSalle, Montréal, QC H8R 2A4 Ayo Restaurant
Large portions, table service, and elegant decor are all trademarks of the highly-rated L’Escape African restaurant in Montréal. The main highlights are the traditional fufu dishes, paired with egusi, ogbono, and bitter leaf sauces. There’s also a large seafood selection like grilled tilapia or mackerel with black-eyed beans, served with plantains or salads. Meats are also limitless, curried or fried or jerk chicken. And a special mention to the "Fire Escape". This famous dish is a very spicy mix of chicken, plantain, potatoes, and fresh vegetables. Be sure to ask for a glass of water with it.
1 (514) 638-4494 5167 Decarie Blvd, Montréal, H3W 3C3 Restaurant Lescape/
Large portions and great prices are sometimes all that you need, and Restaurant Hot Africa does that well, and at multiple branches. It’s a great choice for a quick lunch or takeout food. A well-spiced half chicken, braised sea bass, roasted lamb, rice, and plantain are the main recommended dishes to order here. You can also order African food from this restaurant for delivery on Uber Eats in Montréal if you don’t want to or can’t make it in person.
1 (514) 734-0000 959 Chemin Queen Mary, 5121 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H3W 1X4
For an elevated fine dining African experience in Montréal, there’s only one address, Le Virunga. This restaurant is perfect for impressing that special someone or celebrating a birthday or other occasion. The food is presented artistically but with generous portions. Even the wine list is African: South African specifically. Start your culinary journey with cassava couscous with eggplant and okra. Main dishes to choose from include duck breast, arctic char fillet with mashed cassava, goat stew, leg of mutton, and juicy beef sirloin tip.
1 (514) 504-8642 851 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, Quebec H2J 2H9 le virunga restaurant
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