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Cocotier, Lot Q 5, A Cote Maep, Cotonou, Benin
+229 97 97 09 03
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175 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of familiar dishes and lots of ones I never saw before. The menu apparently includes north and south Indian dishes and some from Pakistan. The mushroom chili was a real discovery. Very eager service. Heat comkes in levels from one to 10. Eight was just spicy enough for me but the owner encourages seven. The samosa at level six... More 

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Thank RetiredDude
Ahmedabad, India
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Good food, Personalized service with attention in detail by the restaurant owner makes it the best Indian restaurant in Cotonou.

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1 Thank Vinaycare
Coimbatore, India
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Go to try many varieties of Indian food, particularly for Sizzlers. Small dinning place and we can see quite a number of crowds coming. My friends suggested this restaurant and asked me to go for Mix Veg Sizzlers, but i took a chance to go for Chicken Sizzlers and fish for starters. Everything was well prepared and enjoyed the food.... More 

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Thank Makhizhnan
Cotonou, Benin
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

If you pass especially in Cotonou in the zone of the Ministry of the agriculture, so have a walk to this restaurant,

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Thank Arcade Johannes K
Freetown, Sierra Leone
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

The ambiance is very good, and the owner - very warm. The food, is not that exceptional, and average.

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Thank Denzil_Jochim
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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95 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Extremely wide selection, surprisingly fast. The garlic dahl is amazing. Solid chicken tikka. Off the main strip

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Thank C R
Cotonou, Benin
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

Having just recently moved from America, and being a Vegan, I was apprehensive to find a new Indian Restaurant in Benin. I was thrilled to experience the laid back subtle environment of this place. Also the owner is actually From India, and his food is better than all the indian Restaurants I went to in the USA. He has a... More 

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Jodhpur, India
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130 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

Authentic Indian restaurant, authentic taste (good as per Benin standard), a long Indian menu but super bad attitude towards hospitality. Don't know much about how to deal with the client. Nothing very great abt ambience... It might cost you 7k to 10 k per head for a vegiterian meal.

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1 Thank amit s
Kochi (Cochin), India
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86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

I would rate Shamiana as the best indian cuisine restaurant in Cotonou. I was really missing my indian palette and searched tripadvisor and zeroed in on Shamiana. I recommend to keep Shamiana as a must try option for indian cuisine in cotonou. The staff were very friendly and understand our need and provide recommendations. I had ordered Prawn Masala, White... More 

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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

I love everything about this restaurant. The atmosphere is lovely and the food is to die for. I usually get the butter chicken and garlic naan, but have also enjoyed chicken korma and lentil dishes. I am a little bothered that rice costs extra, but that's ok because the portions are large. The owner is very nice and always comes... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cocotier, Lot Q 5, A Cote Maep, Cotonou, Benin
  • Location: Africa  >  Benin  >  Littoral Department  >  Cotonou
  • Phone Number: +229 97 97 09 03
Description
one of about two Indian restaurants in Cotonou... past a Ministry/government building

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?