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Mugena African Caribbean Foods & Restaurant

911 Richmond Road, Ottawa, ON, K2A 0G8


Supplying Ottawa With African, South American and Caribbean products

Category: Restaurants


Cuisine Type | Caribbean
Ambiance | Family Style
Meals Served | Lunch, Dinner
Amenities | Catering
Pricing |
Payment | Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa


Neighbourhood | West End
Cross Street | Woodroffe Ave


Mon-Wed: 10AM-7PM Thurs-Fri: 10AM-9PM Sat: 10AM-8PM Sun: 11AM-6PM

Profile Last Updated: May 21, 2008

Proud Origins
Mugena has been a family-owned grocery store since 1995 and has since expanded to include a Caribbean restaurant and catering service in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. The name Mugena means "let us build" in the Hausa language, spoken in northern Ghana and Nigeria. This grocery store and restaurant relied heavily on the support of local customers in its early years, and is proud to contribute back to the Ottawa community. Mugena's catering service participates at several local events yearly, such as the Jazz festival, the Dragon boat festival, Canada Day celebrations, the Blues festival and the Jamaica Day festival.

Fully Stocked Grocery Store
The Mugena store carries many niche products that you can't find at your local Loblaws. In the produce department for instance, you'll find the likes of fresh cassava, chayote, plaintain, avocado, mangoes, tamarind, bread fruit and fresh okra. Mugena also carries a variety of dry goods and spices for Caribbean and African cuisine. Specialty drinks you can find here include mango juice, Ting, Milo, Ovaltine, Horlicks, coconut water, cane juice, carrot juice, ginger beer and sorrel drink. The fish department is also remarkably well-stocked, with exotic varieties such as king fish, tilapia, bangamary, flying fish, butter fish and white belly shrimp along with red snapper, mackerel, salmon, mahi mahi and frozen shrimp. In the frozen foods section you can find frozen cassava, banana leaves, grated coconut, green pigeon peas and various juice mixes such as mango, guava and soursop.

Beauty Products
If the food selection wasn't exclusive enough, Mugena also carries a variety of beauty products from the Caribbean and Africa, such as shampoos, soaps, hair relaxer kits, moisturizers, hair extensions and skin lightening creams. Health products familiar to many of their customers include cod liver oil capsules, SSS Tonic, Sulphur bitters, Tiger Balm and camphor.

The Closest Thing to Home-Cooking
One of the charms of Mugena, is the West Indian-Caribbean restaurant built right in the grocery store. The restaurant is cafeteria-style, and does have a seating area for diners to enjoy their food before lugging bags of groceries home. Mugena's restaurant can take phone-in orders and offers take-out as well. Mugena's specialty is roti, but they also serve Jamaican patties, curries, jerk chicken, oxtail, various soups and home-made desserts and tropical drinks.


Take Note: The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. and closes 30 mins prior to store closing.