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.