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Cocotier, Lot Q 5, A Cote Maep, Cotonou, Benin
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Coimbatore, India
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank Makhizhnan
Cotonou, Benin
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

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

Thank Arcade Johannes K
Freetown, Sierra Leone
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

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

Thank Denzil_Jochim
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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62 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

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

Thank C R
Cotonou, Benin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 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 

Thank sagesr0ad
Jodhpur, India
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130 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 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.

Thank amit s
Kochi (Cochin), India
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77 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 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 

Thank jayakrishnan_as
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 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 

Thank Emma E
Izmir, Turkey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016 via mobile

It was how I imagined. First class restaurant that also serves Indian. I would like to thank again to wonderful owner, he was too kind.

Thank YukselTezcan
Mumbai (Bombay), India
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

Like many of them, I have also enjoyed delicious food in Shamiana. But what mattered the most is the attentiveness of the owner. He suggested me what all I can have & adjusted the spice level according to my taste. I had come to Benin for the first time just 4 days back for setting up a new business &... More 

Thank vaibhav90

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cocotier, Lot Q 5, A Cote Maep, Cotonou, Benin
  • Location: Africa  >  Benin  >  Littoral Department  >  Cotonou
  • Phone Number: 97970903
one of about two Indian restaurants in Cotonou... past a Ministry/government building

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