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Cocotier, Lot Q 5, A Cote Maep, Cotonou, Benin
97970903
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Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: one of about two Indian restaurants in Cotonou... past a...
one of about two Indian restaurants in Cotonou... past a Ministry/government building
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  • 10
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
We chose Shamiana for our Christmas Dinner

We love Shamiana, which is why we chose Shamiana for our Christmas Dinner. The owner is wonderful- very friendly, helpful, and generous. More importantly, their food is very well done, flavorful, and just awesome. Our favorite is the Butter Chicken. Since their hours aren't posted, I'll... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 22, 2015
JoelPeterson229
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Cotonou, Benin
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Cotonou, Benin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We love Shamiana, which is why we chose Shamiana for our Christmas Dinner. The owner is wonderful- very friendly, helpful, and generous. More importantly, their food is very well done, flavorful, and just awesome. Our favorite is the Butter Chicken. Since their hours aren't posted, I'll contribute here that they are open 11:30 - 3:00 and 6:30-11:30 every day of... More 

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1 Thank JoelPeterson229
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

You can choose your food in degree of spiciness on a scale from 1 -10! Food was quite good particularly the jafrani chicken. I also did not get a stomach upset the next day. So that is a good sign. The north indian cuisine was better than the south indian one.

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Thank Manisha D
Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Like many others, we are regulars at Shamiana! From our first visit, we have not only enjoyed the delicious food but also the attentiveness of the owner. He knows his customers, remembers their orders and uses that knowledge to offer great suggestions. An added bonus: the restaurant is extremely clean! Great restaurant, gracious owner, you can't go wrong with a... More 

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Thank Carrie S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

The food here is awesome. You must eat here while in Cotonou. It has the taste of authentic Indian food, and remids you of Indian food in the U.S.

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Thank ttarlton31
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I dined here with two other people and we all loved our meals. The owner, a really delightful man, gave recommendations and adjusted the spiciness to meet our individual tastes. We all really enjoyed our meals. Not only was the food great but the service and attention from the owner was wonderful. He was really attentive and personable. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Very good food, excellent value for money. Very good service! I will definitely revisit in Cotonou. If you like Indian food, it is the best.

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Thank Alexandra M
Hyderabad, India
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

truly indian food destination point , 5 of 5 stars “One of the Best indian food in benin” good service good value for your money overall excellent customers satisfaction the taste you like it, like anything

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2 Thank siri555
Bethesda, Maryland
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We were greeted by the owner, and we're offered special desserts for Diwali. The website linked to this review is incorrect. It is for a restaurant by the same name in Mauritius. The contract to this restaurant is 94 15 69 75/ 97 97 09 03

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1 Thank Bakalian
Rajkot, Gujarat, India
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57 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

i had been to shamiana many times... very good food & good service... best Veg & non veg food in Cotonou....

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Thank Bharat B
London
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Pleased with the food, and the service was fairly quick. Nice to see Indian cuisine doing well there. We were recommended to go here by our hotel otherwise we would have ended up in a loud bar going hungry!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Cocotier, Lot Q 5, A Cote Maep, Cotonou, Benin
  • Location: Africa  >  Benin  >  Littoral Department  >  Cotonou
  • Phone Number: 97970903

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

one of about two Indian restaurants in Cotonou... past a Ministry/government building

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