Mauritius has a rich and diverse culture. And it is only normal for the same to be reflected in its cuisine. The Mauritius food has been richly influenced from the mélange of residents – Creole, French, Chinese, and Indian people. So, if you are planning a holiday to Mauritius, I suggest you to try the best of the Mauritian cuisine and the best restaurants in Mauritius.
And to help you with the same, here is a comprehensive list. Here, have a look.
Best Restaurants in Mauritius: Where to eat the best of Mauritius food?
Mauritius offers a rich culinary experience that has been inspired by the various ethnic groups residing on the island. And there are no better places to taste the specialties of the Mauritian kitchen than the following:
- Domaine Anna, Black River (Flic en Flac): Mauritian, Chinese, and European cuisines
- The Rivoli Restaurant, Grand Baie : Italian cuisine
- Le Pescatore, Trou aux Biches: Seafood
- La Bonne Marmite, Port Louis: Indian, Creole and European cuisines
- Le Café des Arts, Trou D’Eau Douce: French
- Street vendors at Port Louis: Street food of Mauritius
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Best Indian Restaurants in Mauritius: Where to eat the best of Indian food in Mauritius?
And in case you are looking for Indian food in Mauritius, you are in luck. The island is replete with some amazing diners that serve the best of Indian food.
- La Chaumière Masala, Ile aux Cerfs
- Le Tandoor, Grand Baie
- Namaste Restaurant, Le Caudan Waterfront (Port Louis)
- Delhi Taj Restaurant, St. Jean (Quatre Bornes)
Now that you have a list of the best restaurants in Mauritius with you, check out the best drinks and food in Mauritius. From curries & rice to seafood, and snacks to sweet; the list is huge. So, go on. Pamper your taste buds with this list of the best food in Mauritius.
1. Vanilla Tea
One of the most popular drinks from the Mauritian cuisine is the Vanilla Tea. Locally grown black tea is mixed with Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka and vanilla flavoring imported from all South Africa. This gives, what is commonly known as, the Vanilla Tea.
Where to try: Bois Cheri Café in Bois Cheri Tea Estate
2. Petit Rum Punch
Petit Rum Punch, or Ti Rum Punch as it is more commonly called, is sold all over the island. This local drink is made by adding different ingredients added in the base of rum & sugar syrup. For example, the Ti Rum Punch Graham is made by adding fresh lime juice to rum & sugar syrup.
Where to try: Rhumerie de Chamarel
Also try: Home-made rum arrangé; which is a rum steeped in fruits and even chilli
Mauritians drool over the local variant of the Indian falooda – Alouda. The gelatinous milky drink – pink or green in color – is prepared by dissolving agar agar (a gelatinous substance obtained from certain red seaweeds and used as a thickener in foods), basil seeds, and vanilla-and-almond essence in milk.
Where to try: Alouda Pillay, in Port Louis
4. Phoenix Beer
The local beer of Mauritius – Phoenix Beer – is an award-winning lager named after the town where it is produced. It is crisp & refreshing and goes with pretty much everything that you will eat on the island.
Also try: Flying Dodo; the only craft beer produced on the island
Just grab a Flying Dodo or Phoenix Beer and relax at one of the best beaches in Mauritius.
Mauritian Dishes of Sino-Mauritian origin
Thanks to the fair share of Sino-Mauritians (people of Mauritius who trace their ancestry from China) in the country, there are many restaurants in Mauritius that serve delicious Cantonese food (Chinese cuisine). Of all the Chinese dishes, dimsums are the most popular ones. They are basically small bite-sized portions of vegetables or meat wrapped in dough, fried or steamed, and served with chutneys.
Where to try: First Restaurant, Port Louis
Another variant of the Chinese dumplings included in the Mauritius cuisine are the boulettes. They are basically dimsums served in a flavorsome broth (bouillon). The dumplings may be made with fish, pork, prawn, beef, or even vegetables. The broth is made with proper chicken or fish stock, spring onions, and a variety of sauces.
- Niouk Yen: Chayote dumplings in chili, garlic, or soy sauce
- Shao Mai: Vegetarian or pork dumplings that can be made solely of chayote or mixed with pork, meat, chicken or shrimp, wrapped in a dough skin made of flour, egg, water, & salt, and then steamed before eaten
- Meat and Fish Balls
Where to try: Streetside vendors at China Town, Port Louis
7. Mine Frites
Another popular street food of Mauritius that has been derived from the Chinese cuisine is this simple dish of soy-sauce-fried noodles with toppings of spring onions & chilies.
Where to try: Streetside vendors at China Town, Port Louis
Also try: La mousse noir (Herbal Black Jelly)
Breads, Curries, and Rice: A taste of Indian food in Mauritius
For those who are looking for Indian food in Mauritius, we suggest you to try this Mauritian variant of the Indian Parantha. It is a buttery flatbread that is eaten with curry or chutney.
Also try: Roti Chaud; another Indian food in Mauritius that is served with curry, chutney, or pickle.
With a strong influence of Indian food in Mauritius dishes, it is not surprising that curries have become a major component of the Mauritian cuisine. But not all Mauritian curries are like the Indian ones.
In addition to the traditional Indian curries, there are the tomato-based Creole curries and more. However, all these curries have the same base of garlic, onion, fresh curry leaves, and turmeric. These curries can be savored with rice, breads (farata and roti chaud), lentils, chutneys, and pickles.
Must try: Octopus curry at Chez Rosy on Gris Gris beach
10. Mauritian Biryani
The Mauritian Biryani is another Mauritius food item with Indian influence. Drawing its roots from the Hyderabadi Biryani, this is a fragrant rice dish made from a plethora of spices, long-grained Basmati rice, meat, and yoghurt. However, it is slightly different from the Hyderabadi version. The Mauritian Biryani smartly uses potatoes to absorb the spices at the bottom of the vessel during cooking, thereby preventing the rice from burning or sticking.
Where to try: Le Tandoor, Grand Baie
11. Bol Renverse
Bol Renverse, a type of biryani, consists of three layers – fried egg, chicken/seafood stir fried with veggies and Asiatic sauces, and boiled rice. While preparing, the base is of fried egg, followed by chicken stir, and then rice. However, when served, the bowl is turned upside down.
12. Mauritian Seafood
Seafood makes up for a large chunk of the Mauritius food. From curries and stews to the Chinese and Indian dishes, the Mauritian cuisine is seafood-heavy. The best seafood dishes range from local fish Capitaine and crab soup to calamari and lobsters.
Must try: Rougaille (a stew-based Creole dish made with meat/fish, tomatoes, garlic, onion, and thyme) at La Rougaille Creole (Grand Baie)
Also try: Vindaye ourite (octopus) and Vindaye poisson (fish) – which are curries of octopus and fish based on mustard, saffron, & lots of spices; crab curry; coriander & chili fish; and fried squid
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13. Dholl Puri
Amongst the best dishes of street food in Mauritius, Dholl Puri ranks above the rest. It is basically a fried thin bread made of wheat. It is stuffed with ground yellow split peas and is served curry, pickle, and chutney. This popular street food of Mauritius is sold at the street stalls all over the island.
Where to try: Dewa, Rose-Hill
14. Du Pain Frire
Du Pain Frire (fried bread) is a popular street food in Mauritius. It is basically a crunchy fried bread served with chutney consisting of tomatoes, chilli, and coriander leaves.
Also try: Gâteaux piments (fried balls of lentils and chilis), manioc goujons (cassava chips), and samosas
And the best part about the Mauritius street food is that you don’t really have to worry about where to try these dishes. Just head for a sightseeing tour of the best places to visit in Mauritius and grab these dishes from street vendors outside these attractions.
Sweets and Cakes
Don’t be surprised to find Sugar in the list of the best dishes from the Mauritian cuisine. For centuries, sugar was the island’s currency. Even today, sugar is the main exported commodity. And to taste the different types of sugar for free is so fascinating.
Where to try: L’Aventure du Sucre – a sugar museum that offers sugar tasting for over 9 variants of sugar
16. Gâteau de patates douces
The Gâteau de patates douce or the sweet potato cake is one of the most popular sweet dishes of the Mauritian cuisine. The tasty Mauritian tea-time treat is basically a deep-fried sweet potato dough encasing a filling of coconut, cardamom, and sugar.
And whether it is India or Mauritius, the Indian sweets are there for the sweet-toothed tourists. They are sugary, buttery, and delicious.
Where to try: Bombay Sweets Mart in Port Louis lets you taste several of their sweets
Also try: Coconut cakes (coconut and sugar cookies) at Escale Creole, Gateau Napolitaine (jam-sandwiched biscuits covered in icing), and Poudine Mais (a vibrant yellow polenta cake made with coconut and sultanas)
Chutneys, Pickles, and other sides
Chillies are essential sides of the Mauritius food. Be it fruits, baguettes, curries, or stews; every dish of the Mauritius cuisine is eaten with chillies. And the Mazavaroo is a perfect chilli paste. Chillies, onions, baby prawns, garlic, and ginger are cooked in olive oil and lemon juice base. You can order it any restaurant or pick a bottled version of the same.
19. Coconut Chutney
Chutneys are also among the essential sides that are a part of the Mauritian cuisine. Of these, the coconut chutney is the most popular one and complements the spicy dishes of Mauritius.
Note: Coconut is the quintessential island ingredient. Coconut water, fresh coconut fruit, and coconut cakes are some of the other popular coconut products savored by the Mauritians.
20. Achard Legumes
It is a popular Mauritian pickle made up of vegetables. The ingredients include carrots, cabbage, french beans, green chillies, dried red chillies, garlic, and turmeric powder. You can have it as a sandwich filling or as sides with curries, breads, and biryani.
The Mauritian cuisine is, indeed, a culinary melting pot. It would be a shame if you don’t try the above-mentioned dishes on your vacation in Mauritius. Try these dishes and share with us your pick from the lot.
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