• Akadi

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Serves meat, vegan options available. West African restaurant in Portland opened by owner/chef from Cote D’Ivoire. Has marked vegan/vegetarian section of eight entrees which are all suitable for vegans. Find traditional items like fufu, mafe, and cassava but with modernized options including tofu. Black-owned. Relocated from 3601 NE Martin Luther King Junior Blvd. Open Tue-Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm. Closed Mon.

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8 Reviews

First Review by Jimmy Jams


Points +45

03 Sep 2023

5 stars for West African cuisine!

Our table ordered the Gofu with tofu, Corn Fufu, Plaintains and 2 Jolof Meals. In all my travels including Africa, I'd never eaten West African foods. I loved the savoury, rich tomato sauce in my Gofu. The nutmeg was a standout undercurrent of flavour and I've already replicated it in my kitchen. My Mom and sister had the Jolof meals which they enjoyed, but said for a return visit they'd go with the Gofu. I'll return for the Okra Stew. The Joloff rice was a little too salty for my taste, but the Corn Fufu (first time for me!) was delicious. And, especially with the tomato sauce. The portions a sizeable, the staff very friendly and the atmosphere inviting, although maybe a little loud with live music!

Pros: Superb Vegan Options, Friendly Staff, Fun vibe



Points +4092

01 Oct 2022

West African in Southeast Portland

I ordered the Shosho, which is black eyed peas cooked in caramelized onion, tomato stew and
served with rice. It was good, but it was sweeter than I expected.

Pros: vegan sections on menu, big portions

Cons: busy


Points +363

17 Sep 2022

5 stars!!!!

Akadi has so many incredible vegan options that it is hard to order. I chose a side of plantains, peanut stew with fufu, puff puffs (vegan donuts!), and ginger lemonade. The plantains were the star, but everything was excellent. There was also more than enough food for two people. Definitely make reservations if you plan on going on a weekend!


Points +506

11 Aug 2022

Amazing African cuisine

This is, no joke, probably the best meal we’ve ever had in Portland. I’d highly recommend the peanut stew (add tofu) and the assorted mushrooms, but also, no reason to believe anything is worse! Check the vegan section on the back of the menu, they’ve got basically everything in a vegan version. Do be prepared to wait a bit.

P.S. don’t sleep on that hot sauce!!

Updated from previous review on 2022-08-11


Points +58

07 Sep 2020


Dedicated vegan section in the menu.

The spicy okra and spinach dish with fufu is great. I usually get some plantains to go with it.


Points +37

Mostly Veg
14 Feb 2020


I had a spicy okra and spinach stew with fufu—so good! Let the server know you’re vegan so they can verify with the chef that all the items labeled vegan on the menu are in fact available as vegan that day.

Pros: Lots of vegan dishes, Nice music and diverse patrons


Points +176

26 Aug 2019

Amazing west African food

Menu has a vegan selection with many tasty dishes. Shared a few dishes and everything was awesome.

Pros: Tasty food , Nice vibe, Great service

Jimmy Jams

Points +49

11 Feb 2019

West African!

We had an excellent lunch at Akadi, sharing four entrees between four adults. Most of the excellent African cuisine in Portland is from the Horn, so it was great to have something from the west. We fondly remember Baobab (Senegal) from years ago but Akadi (Cote D'Ivoire) is way better for vegans. The mafe and the yassa were delicious, especially with fufu. The gofu (tofu in a spicy red sauce) was my favorite. And the pepper soup cut through the cold winter day. We didn't leave a scrap of food behind. Looking forward to going back and trying the okra/spinach and the other tofu dish. Excellent and friendly service.

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