We regret to inform you that the African Village
Kitchen has permanently closed.

Thank you to all of our loyal customers.

To contact Diane or Abdoulie, please send
an email to

African Village Kitchen - Cafe

Address: 43 Walker Street, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Bookings: (03) 9793 9930 / 0404 330 432 / 0449 088 905

EFTPOS and major credit cards accepted

Hours (temporarily changed)
Monday - Tuesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Wednesday - Friday: 8 am - Dinner by reservation
Saturday - Dinner from 6 pm by reservation
Sunday: 1 pm - Dinner by reservation

Takeaway and Catering available

You can also now enjoy our high quality catering at
your special event or function! Please give us a call.

Menu  * How To Get There * Our Story * NEW!In the News * Social Media

The African Village Kitchen-Cafe is an oasis of peace in the hectic modern concrete jungle... A place where you can sit down, relax, and just enjoy life... Whether for a few minutes, or for an hour or two.

At the African Village Kitchen-Cafe, you and your family and friends can relax and enjoy the delicious tastes of Senegal and Gambia. (You also have a selection of foods from the rest of the world you can choose from too.)

Senegal and Gambia are places where time has slowed down, and you can find the real joie de vivre! At the African Village Kitchen-Cafe, you too can experience this relaxed and peaceful vibe, for a part of your day.

African Donuts

As far as we know, these are the only African donuts available in Melbourne!

African donuts are different from their Aussie/European/American counterparts. The ingredients are different, so they taste different, they look different, and the hole is extremely tiny...

You owe it to yourself to try a delicious African donut today!

(Due to their popularity, the donuts do sell out. Call ahead to make sure they are not sold out, especially if you are driving a long distance...)

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How To Get There

43 Walker Street, Dandenong

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Our Story

"I always wanted to have a food business, because of my love of food, and I always wanted to have a kind of business that would connect me to more people. I've had many different kinds of businesses in my life time, but one time a friend came to me and told me about working together at Victoria Market, to operate a food stall. I accepted his offer.

"I actually have been involved in being a restaurant chef in Melbourne since 1992. I used to cook in a restaurant on the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street, in Toorak. I also had a friend who had a restaurant on Commercial Rd, Prahran, then he moved to the city, and asked me to help him to cook in his restaurant.

"After helping him with that, when this present opportunity arose, I decided to open my own restaurant.

"Along the way I developed a lot of friendships with a lot of different people, with a love for humanity, and a love of food.

"I have a belief that whatever we do in life, the biggest benefit we get out of it is our connection to other people - we do things for humanity, we do things for ourselves, and we do things for the sake of the world.

"Now I'm enjoying it, and I've got, so far, a lot of friends, and we are very connected, and we all love food, and I hope that anybody who walks in the door and tastes it, will come back and recommend it to other people. We'll continue to try our best to provide the best cuisine, with the best service, and the best friendly environment."

Abdoulie Sallah  


The African Village Kitchen-Cafe is a realisation of the dream of chef and proprietor, Abdoulie Sallah... A place where people can come, relax, and feel welcome, and experience some genuine Senegalese and Gambian hospitality.

Abdoulie was born in Senegal (the home of Africa's most famous musician and singer, Youssou N'Dour), and his parents moved to The Gambia when he was very young. He's made Australia his home now for over 20 years.

Come and visit the African Village Kitchen-Cafe today!

In the News

NEW!What's On During Melbourne Good Food Month 2014
(The Age, 28 October, 2014)

Donut With A Difference
(The Dandenong Journal, 10 February, 2014)

Melbourne's Best African Restaurants (also here)
(Five of the Best, with Wendy Hargreaves, 9 October, 2013)

Review - African Village Kitchen: Host Pours It On (PDF)
(Sunday Herald-Sun "Play" supplement, 8 July, 2012)

Dandenong's Coffee and Tea Treasures
(Dandenong Leader, 19 March, 2012)

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter! (@AfricanVillageK)

Copyright (C) MMXII-MMXIV A. Sallah and D. Rice