Explore Haitian Dishes: Djon Djon, Black Rice, Griot, Akra

Haitian Cuisine

LA CAYE, a Haitian restaurant and bar located in the Downtown Brooklyn area in New York City, serves some of my favorite Haitian dishes. Let me share with you my experience.

“Tasty Haitian food, set inside a lovely Haitian Restaurant”

La Caye Restaurant was a really incredible experience for me. The quality of food was only matched by the quality of service I got. I wish I can keep the flavor in my mouth for ever. The burst of flavors is like no other.
Kevin Foodie

Djon Djon is famously called Black Rice. It is a native dish of Haiti and is usually made with shrimp and soft crabs. However, there are vegetarian options of the dish. 

The black mushrooms are what give the rice dish it’s exotic black color. However, the  black rice picture below does not have seafood and therefore is ideal for vegetarians. 

For black rice recipes, check out “Everything Haitian” and “Kreyol cuisine”









Legume’ is a vegetable stew. The main ingredients are: egg plant, carrots, cabbage, sweet peppers, lima beans and Soft crab and /or some form of red meat. However, the one I ordered was vegetarian. For the traditional Legume recipe check out “My Haitian Kitchen” blog for this and more recipes.


Griot or fried pork is served at many Haitian restaurants and events. In addition, Griot and fried green plantain are like a horse and carriage, you cant have one without the other. Haitians will most often serve home-cooked fried green plantains as a side dish.

Akra is fried coco root vegetable that is grated, shaped into a patty and fried. However, eating Akra for the first time reminds me of eating hash brown potatoes that has been deep fried. 

Check out this recipe at haitian-recipes.com

La Caye Haitian Groit

Other Haitian Favorites

Fried Green Plantain

At most Haitian parties or  Sunday diner, you will find fried green plantains. They are one of my absolute favorites.  

Haitian Sós Pwa

Another popular Haitian dish is the Sauce Pois, a pureed black bean sauce that is most often served with rice. 

The dish is also spelled Sós Pwa Nwa and Sós Pwa Wóuj. But whatever the spelling, it does not take away from how much the dish is flavorful.

Haitian dishes are very flavorful. However, the smell and taste are unique to the Haitian Culture. Therefore, only  Haitians can prepare an authentic Haitian meal. New York City, especially Brooklyn, is the melting pot of many Caribbean Cuisines. 

These are 2 other Restaurants that I recommend for authentic Haitian Cuisine:

Kreyole Flavor  1738 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210

Dana Caribbean Cuisine  2026 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210




You will also love my other restaurant reviews, Check out my other blogs:

My Top 10 Burger Restaurants

IHOP Breakfast Breakfast Menu Review

Cubana Cafe: A Little Cuba In Brooklyn

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4 thoughts on “Explore Haitian Dishes: Djon Djon, Black Rice, Griot, Akra”

  1. These are some some very unattractive looking food. But i guess they taste good. I Have never had Haitian food. But this post is persuading me to be interested in trying.

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