This African restaurant was created in July 2017 by the two older brothers, Fouss and Abdou, of one of my friends from high school. They had the idea of mixing African and Western cuisine to introduce Parisians to the gastronomy of the African continent in a modern way. BMK is located near the Gare de l’Est in a popular district where there are few tourists.
To develop the menu and run the restaurant, they were helped by their family: parents, cousins, uncles and aunts! BMK Paris Bamako is a real family business and you can feel it because it is a warm and friendly place! On the menu are traditional African dishes such as Mafé or Yassa, but also more modern salads with African inspirations, typical drinks such as bissap juice and fabulous classic desserts revisited like a soft chocolate cake or a banana bread. The dishes are tasty and hearty. I particularly recommend the chicken yassa, a dish of Senegalese origin made with chicken, rice and a marinated onion sauce.
Moreover, if you want to cook the dish you ate at BMK at home, you should know that the recipes are available on their website! I recently went there for dinner and I was completely won over. Besides, I’m not the only one who likes this restaurant, because when I arrived at only 7 pm, the place was already full! So I recommend you come early, because BMK does not take reservations.