For your stay in Mauritius, do not miss the tasting of the delicious Mauritian dishes. Locals value traditional cuisine, but local restaurants also draw on European, Indian, and Japanese cuisine. The Mauritian gastronomy never ceases to amaze the visitors. We have selected the best restaurants on the island to help you make the right choice when visiting Mauritius.
1. Château Mon Désir
Nestled in a village named Balaclava, this castle is a witness of the French colonization. In addition to being able to visit it, you will not resist the scent that emanates from the kitchen. The Chateau Mon Désir welcomes you in a luxurious setting, the chef, Rakesh Munoruth, offers you special recipes that you will not find anywhere else: you will appreciate the fresh salmon tartare and crouton whipped cream. The specialty of the restaurant is the High Tea, which is rather an English tradition. With homemade cupcakes, you will enjoy a cup of tea in the afternoon. The Chateau Mon Désir is open every day.
2. Chez Tante Athalie
Discover an original universe where you will feel like living in another era. Chez Tante Athalie (At Aunt Athalie’s) is a colonial style house located in the middle of several vintage cars. The garden is very large, well maintained and colorful. The name Athalie belongs to the owner of the Mon Repos estate. She is recognized in the island for the simplicity of the typical Creole dishes that she likes to concoct. The one that convinces the greatest number of customers is the lamb epaulette, accompanied by its thyme sauce. The residence of Tante Athalie is on Royal Road, Pamplemousses. You can call +230 2 439 266 to book a table.
3. La Potinière
Just with its name, La Potinière promises a warm atmosphere where life is good and where you will be entitled to good food. The house is known to all Mauritians because it has existed for more than forty years. The Chef likes to combine French and Mauritian dishes, which does not displease the many tourists who come to feast. The house has a cozy dining room with carved stone walls. The decoration makes you want to stay longer. Come taste the seafood soufflés or wild boar stew. The majority of dishes are served with rice. La Potinière is located in Curepipe, on Sir Winston Churchill Street.
4. The Plantation Club
This restaurant is set in a typical Mauritius décor on the Coconut Alley. It is a restaurant that often hosts great personalities and businessmen. The building is surrounded by striking greenery, and it is one of the most beautiful places in Bel Ombre. Managed by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, The Plantation Club first welcomes you with a good sparkling wine or hot tea, according to your preference. The Chef offers a menu filled with traditional and European dishes. The restaurant is open every day.
5. The Barachois
It is a peace haven that is especially intended for lovers who wish to spend a romantic moment during a candlelit dinner. The restaurant is located in the heart of a mangrove. The decoration is magical, in a harmonious atmosphere. You will settle on a floating bridge, on a wooden table. The place is decorated with lanterns. Come at night to appreciate the caress of the wind under the starry sky while enjoying the restaurant’s specialties. If you like crustaceans such as lobster or Camaron (shrimp), you will be satisfied. To book, call +230 4 023 636
6. Clef des Champs
This restaurant belongs to Jacqueline Dalais, the queen of Mauritian cuisine. It is one of the best restaurants on the island. In a friendly atmosphere like the restaurants of Paris, you will be welcomed in a setting that will take you back to the good old days. Jacqueline Dalais prefers to use local fruits and vegetables, and cooks dishes in her own way. She also likes to borrow some traditional French recipes. Her specialty is shrimp carpaccio with lychee, a dish that you will not order once if you go to the Clef des Champs restaurant.
This little bistro has an original name (Grasshopper) and that’s what makes it famous. It welcomes you on its gigantic terrace where you can admire the landscape. You can also eat indoors to be more discreet. The atmosphere is warm and sometimes lively. The dishes are delicious and are presented à la carte. You will appreciate the local cuisine, but also international recipes that the chef has not hesitated to revisit in his own way. If you like gambas, come eat them with creamy garlic. All proposed on a plate of rice, a perfect treat!
8. Château de Bel Ombre
Let yourself be carried away by this romantic setting under the starry sky while eating on the terrace of a romantic castle. The building was built in the 1800s and is located in a large area of greenery, in the area of Bel Ombre. It is an ideal destination to eat in a luxurious setting, in love or with colleagues. As soon as the castle was converted into a restaurant, the tourists, who became regulars, continued to increase. You can book a table as a Mauritius vacation rental. Come and enjoy wild boar dishes or various crustacean dishes.
So, you will surely not regret having chosen Mauritius as a holiday destination. Your holidays Mauritius will be unforgettable. The prices of these restaurants are affordable, even if you prefer luxurious frames like the castles mentioned above. Traditional cuisine is present in all the menus, but you can also enjoy European gastronomy. It’s up to you to choose the frame that suits you best. For any bookings, do not hesitate to contact the concierge of Marguery Exclusive Villas.