Mama’s cooking at Gracia Afrika in Montréal, Canada

I’m always on the look out for cuisines that are unusual (to me). I found out about Gracia Afrika a couple of weeks back when I was looking for African cuisine in Montréal. It’s probably not as rare as I think it is, but I don’t know of very many around the downtown area. 

Anyways, I make a reservation for two for 7.30pm. It wasn’t really necessary, the restaurant was mostly empty. A motherly lady with a big smile escorts me to my table.

The menu is written on a chalk board. Chicken, goat & fish prepared in a variety of ways and served with rice, plantains and salad. The motherly lady with the big smile tells me that the food is Creole - a mix of Congolese and South American. 

Sure, why not?

The service is kind of laid back. It is a family-owned and -run restaurant, so although everyone is really friendly, it took some time for them to take our order and serve us. There was a gentleman on the next table who was really annoyed about this - but too bad! You can’t ask for the manager!

We arrived at 7.30, they took our order at 8, and we ate our mains around 9pm. 

So be prepared to wait! It’s BYOB, so do bring some wine. I didn’t. 

For starters, we had the samosas. Served with a side of hot sauce. Hot sauce usually makes me very happy. 

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It really reminded me of my mother’s cooking. 

For mains, we had: goat with gravy and chicken with peanut sauce

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Both dishes were good, but I preferred the goat - probably cause it was unique, tender and I loved the gravy.

The rice tasted strongly of cloves, so if you don’t like that kind of thing, I’m not sure what else you’ll be able to eat here. 

Anyways, all in all, a great meal. I’d be back here, but I’d bring a crossword puzzle and a bottle of wine.

So long!

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