Filed Under (General) by Rob on 07-03-2011

Jacky Raturi, founder of three great Indian restaurants, passed away on 25th February this year.

I first knew Jacky in Cotonou in 2004, when we ate at his restaurant, “The Royal Garden”, where I had this birthday curry in 2005. (Also listed here in places to eat in Cotonou). He also had a restaurant in Dakar, Senegal, called the “Indiana.”

Most recently, we were delighted to learn that Jacky was opening a new Indian restaurant in Bamako – the only one in a city of over 1.5 million people! This was the Namastae India, in NiarĂ©la. I was there for my 40th Birthday Curry on 25th February – the very day Jacky had a heart attack and passed away, whilst visiting Niger. Sad news indeed. Thankfully, his delicious food lives on.

Here’s an older photo of me and a colleague having fun showing the size of our bellies with Jacky. Fun times!

1 Comment posted on "Farewell to West Africa’s great curry pionneer"
Lauren on March 8th, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

RIP Jacky. I will never again be as full of curry goodness.