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“veg-friendly option at the edge of the French Quarter”

Bennachin Restaurant
Ranked #391 of 2,011 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: African
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Neighborhood: French Quarter
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Just a few blocks from Frenchmen street, this African restaurant offered several Veg options.

Portions were huge, but beware the spiciness

We had:
* vegetable soup (good but very spicy)
* Thiebujin/african Jambalya (vegan version) -- requested mild -- but was still very spicy
* Steamed Tilapia -- good

Luckily we had ordered a side dish of FuFu (pounded yams/cassava) -- this was completely bland and mixing it with the too-spicy dishes above worked well

Just a note -- restroom is outside -- you have to walk through the kitchen into an inner courtyard

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Having travelled in West Africa, I was a bit dubious about how authentic a Senegambian restaurant could be in the heart of New Orleans. Worry not. The wonderful dishes I remember so fondly (benachin means "one pot" and is a wonderful rice dish; domoda is a classic peanut sauce and meat dish that is as filling as it is delicious; I remember the yasa as being more lemony, but it was still tasty) are beautifully replicated here. The Senegalese-Gambian couple who run the restaurant have captured the friendliness and atmosphere of West Africa in the decor as well. give it a chance -- you'll be back.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We went back to Bennachin multiple times during our stay in New Orleans. The food and service was just that good! It was the perfect spot for lunch after walking from one end of the French Quarter to the other, and it had options for those who like to eat vegan/vegetarian or meat.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

If you’re looking to try something different i.e. other than the New Orleans jambalaya/gumbo etc. you should defiantly give this place a try! We stopped by for dinner and were immediately seated. The place is small but the seating is spread out well and decorated with African paintings and artifacts. Menu items are priced between $10-15 but they serve generous portions and you are guaranteed to be stuffed. My husband got the beef stew which had tender meat and I got the steamed tilapia, both came with rice and plantains. Everything was so flavorful and the plantains were extra sweet. The servers were efficient but seemed to be under pressure (there were only two of them). Would definatley go back.

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Looking for something different (and vegetarian) from the fat-saturated fare that is ubiquitous in the USA is not always easy.....there is only so much veggie lasagne you can eat! This restaurant is unpretentious, relaxed and serves generous proportions of tasty and different food. A huge bonus is the fact that it invites you to bring your own beer, so making for a very reasonable price over all. Don't be put off by the poor reviews, maybe it was just a bad day.

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