An Authentic African Culinary Experience

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The African Calabash

Nestled in the heart of Footscray Melbourne, our restaurant celebrates the rich tapestry of West African cuisine. Indulge in the moreish flavors, delightful textures, and wholesome vegetable bases that define the essence of West African food.

A Taste of West Africa

From the iconic Jollof Rice to the mouthwatering Kankanka/Suya from the Motherland Freetown Sierra Leone, to the soul-warming Ogbono, Egusi, and Moi Moi from Nigeria, and the comforting Acheke from Ivory Coast, we have curated a menu that celebrates the rich diversity of West African flavors.

At The African Calabash, we embrace everyone with open arms, inviting you to experience the warmth and hospitality of West Africa. Join us in this culinary adventure and savor the authentic tastes of the continent. Welcome, one and all, to The African Calabash!

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At The African Calabash we pride ourselves in delivering exquisite service and sumptuous West African dishes that will create a mouth watering effect to remember. We aim to provide the most authentic African culinary experience coupled with diverse flavors, colours and culture. 

Suya Meat (Lamb)

Suya (also known as Kankanka) is Nigerian Street Food at its Finest—think nutty, spicy beef threaded onto skewers then grilled, the finished sticks cradled in paper or foil with a side of fresh tomatoes, sliced red onions, and a sprinkling of yajin kuli. Yajin kuli is made from yaji— a blend of chilies, ginger, garlic, onions, salt and other spices—and ground kuli kuli, which is essentially dehydrated and defatted groundnut (peanut) paste.

 

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Jollof Rice with Fish

Jollof Rice, is a rice dish from West Africa. The dish is typically made with long-grain rice, tomatoes, onions, spices, vegetables and meat in a single pot, although its ingredients and preparation methods vary across different regions. When paired with fish, it is an easy yet tasty one-pan meal enjoyed in West African countries.

It’s bursting with flavors from the tomato sauce, paprika, scotch bonnet, and the juices coming off from the well-seasoned beef, goat or lamb meat.

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Egusi with Pounded Yam

Egusi (also known by variations including egwusi, agusi, ohue, Ikpan, Ikon, agushi) is the name for the protein-rich seeds of certain cucurbitaceous plants (squash, melon, gourd), which after being dried and ground are used as a major ingredient in West African cuisine.

Egusi soup is an exotic hearty food that will satisfy your taste buds made out of pumpkin seeds. It is a staple in most West African home and it is an uncomplicated one pot meal that is often accompanied with swallows like Eba, Amala, Semolina, Pounded Yam, Fufu or Rice.

Leaf vegetables typically used for egusi soup include bitterleaf, pumpkin leaf, celosia and spinach. Other vegetables can include tomatoes and okra. Seasonings include chili peppers, onions, and locust beans. Also commonly used are beef, goat, fish, shrimp, or crayfish.

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Hearty Soups

We have a range of wholesome and hearty soups that will take you right back home. Each bowl is made to satisfy every taste and filled with that familiar warming comfort that reminds you of African home cooking. Indulge yourself in the classic favorites such as Egusi Soup, Ogbono Soup, Okra Soup and Pepper Soup. 

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Robert W
Robert W
2024-04-01
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Amazing food and great service. It has a great atmosphere and is suitable for everyone 👏
KOYO VOICES
KOYO VOICES
2024-03-31
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African Calabash Restaurant is more than just a dining spot; it's a comforting home away from home where the warm embrace of its owner envelops you as you step through the door. From the moment you enter, you're greeted with genuine hospitality that instantly makes you feel like family.The ambiance is not just clean, but imbued with a sense of peace and sometimes laughter, as if every corner of the space is designed to soothe the soul. But what truly sets African Calabash apart is its culinary offerings. The meals served here are not just delicious; they're healing, nourishing both body and spirit with every bite.I find myself returning here very, very, very often, and each time, I'm met with the same consistency and brilliance in quality that keeps me coming back for more. Whether it's a traditional dish or a modern interpretation, every plate showcases the expertise and passion of the kitchen staff. I would never take time out to review something I didn’t genuinely enjoy and believe will make the world happy after one bite, African Calabash Restaurant is a gem in the culinary landscape and is still under cover, where exceptional food meets unparalleled hospitality. It's not just a place to eat; it's an experience that leaves you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and grateful for the opportunity to savor such remarkable cuisine in the company of such wonderful people.
Matt g
Matt g
2024-03-19
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Very nice place good quality food and very good customer service family business it’s a must try
Paola Betancur
Paola Betancur
2024-03-16
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Beautiful place, with excellent service and delicious food, you will love this place.
Jayden Caramia
Jayden Caramia
2024-01-30
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Fantastic west African food go check it out :)
Jhonattan pinzon bohorquez
Jhonattan pinzon bohorquez
2024-01-20
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Amazing restaurant, the food is't incredible, I really enjoyed the food I loved it
Kiptoo Ndege
Kiptoo Ndege
2023-12-28
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Amazing service, great food💯.Had Jollof with tilapia and veges, fantastic is an understatement. Will definitely be back.

Step into our lively haven of West African delights

Welcome to The African Calabash: Footscray’s West African Flavour Oasis: Where vibrant colors and tantalizing aromas beckon you to explore the richness of the continent’s culinary wonders.

Embark on a gastronomic adventure like no other as we take you on a taste journey through the heart of West Africa. Our menu is a vibrant tapestry of flavors, featuring the most beloved dishes from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, and beyond

Whether you’re a seasoned food explorer or a newcomer to West African cuisine, our friendly staff will guide you through the diverse menu, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience.

Bring your friends, bring your appetite, and join us at The African Calabash and experience this cultural rendezvous—your taste buds will thank you! Come, indulge in the vibrant flavours of West Africa, and let the festivities begin!

Come find us!

We are located in the Heart of Footscary in Melbourne. 

143 Nicholson St, Footscray VIC 3011

Authentic West African Restaurant in the Heart of Footscray Melbourne.

Drop in for a visit or call us to place an an order or booking – you’re in very good hands!

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