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“Decent food and cosy atmosphere, but cold interior... with an unwelcome guest”
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Le Village
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Ranked #1,482 of 17,520 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $30
Cuisines: African
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Bastille / Oberkampf
Reviewed February 13, 2011

The décor of this small Senegalese restaurant is agreeable and cosy, with its warm colours and the discreet background of African music. We dined there quite late on a freezing December night with not many people around, so, despite being so tiny, Au Village was almost empty, but the fact that most of the few customers were of African origin contributed towards recreating an African atmosphere. The ambience would then have been pleasant, if it weren't for the poor heating, definitely insufficient on such a cold night or maybe even completely absent, to the point that we had to keep our winter jackets on.
Another unpleasant surprise was the mouse that I saw sneaking through a floorboard. Some may say mice are a common sight in Paris's restaurants, but when you actually see one in the very restaurant where you are eating, it's a sight you don't like.
The food was not extraordinary but quite good anyway. My chicken mafé was tasty and abundant. All the main courses can come with either rice or plantain banana, so we tried both, but the plantain banana turned out to be quite disappointing. I would then suggest to choose rice and ask for a taste of plantain banana, just to try it.

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Reviewed September 12, 2010

We tried for about 15 minutes to explain to the waiter --who spoke not even one word of english-- about what we would like to eat --but in vain.
Finally we asked for two different dishes with NO fish .what we got was two dishes with the EXACT tasteless gravy and one of the dishes was half cooked fish.
Maybe it was the language barrier but would go there again

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Reviewed June 29, 2010

The food was very well prepared, the people friendly, and we enjoyed our meal. The dessert (Thiakery) was out of this world.

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Reviewed March 29, 2008

Very good senegalese restaurant.

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