With fewer people dining out due to rising food prices, this year's $20 - $40 prix fixe menu was created to make it easier to try new food and support the Black Canadian business owners behind each meal.
This year's curated restaurant list features four African restaurants offering food from across the continent, serving traditional favourites and contemporary twists.
Each of these four restaurants highlights the rich flavour profiles of their origin countries.
Here are four African restaurants to try this week:
1 . The Tantalizers
Located in Edmonton, The Tantalizers serve traditional African and Caribbean cuisine. The Tantalizers' head chef Angela Eweka has over 30 years of culinary experience. With a range of conventional Nigerian Dishes like Efo Riro and snacks like Chin-Chin, Tantalizers is the perfect spot to try this week if you want to indulge in authentic Nigerian cuisine.
2. Chic Peas Veg
Chic Peas Veg is a plant-based restaurant in North York that serves international cuisine with an Eritrean twist. Describing how she started Chick Peas Veg, founder Naza Hasebenebi shared that it began with her desire to share her love for the people around her through cooking. "It's just an extension of my upbringing, my desire to connect with people healthily and beautifully. Just creating food where it's genuinely made with love and care. Hence our slogan, taste the love." For Black Restaurant Week, she will be serving an Injera sampler.
Zuleeats is a Ghanaian Restaurant in Windsor known for its meat pies. Made with locally sourced produce and spices created in-house, the restaurant offers different fillings for their pies that cater to various dietary needs. Chef Zule started the restaurant in Fall of 2020 as an outlet to share her love of food and making pastries.
"Traditionally, Ghananian meat pies are either fish or beef. But being in this community in Canada for so long, I thought, you know what? I want something that I think more people could go for. So I included a chicken filling, a vegetarian, and a vegan feeling. And again, my youngest daughter is gluten-free, so I didn't want to leave anybody out. I want everybody to be able to enjoy our food from Ghana." Since opening in March this year, Zuleeats has been working with their community in Windsor to expand their menu of Ghanaian dishes based on popularity and feedback they receive from sharing new dishes with the community each month.
4. The Abibiman Project
The Abibiman project is a restaurant that serves Pan-African cuisine in Toronto. Founded by Chef Rachel Adjei's desire to see more representation of African cuisine, The Abibiman Project "cooks food to connect to my culture and shed light on all of the diverse and exciting foods that exist in African food culture." Using her restaurant as an outlet to share her pastry chef and chef training, Rachel also plans to use cooking to address misconceptions about African food. "The Abibiman Project allows me to invite people to the community with a different lens, giving them my perspective of the beauty and diversity I see in our food." The Abibiman donates some of its profit to the Afri-can food basket, a non-profit organization working towards food Justice and food Sovereignty for Toronto's African, Caribbean, and Black communities.