Top restaurants in Mauritius
A holiday is all about indulgence – and what better way to experience that than by eating good food?
Besides its gorgeous beaches and enthralling atmosphere, Mauritius is filled with sumptuous restaurants, all of which offer diners a one-off gastronomic experience.
Inspired by its rich heritage, you will find a delightful mixture of cuisine in Mauritius, ranging from Creole to Indian to Chinese. With such an eclectic range of delicacies to enjoy, there is something for everyone when it comes to dining in Mauritius.
If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate a special occasion, Le Touessrok is an elegant and chic resort, having recently enjoyed an uplifting renovation. The contemporary décor sets this hotel apart from its competitors, but Le Touessrok is not about style over substance. Hosting six different restaurants and bars, diners will be able to feast upon a variety of meals, from fresh seafood to stone-baked pizzas. Barlen’s, hosted by Barlen himself who has resided at the hotel since its early days, is the resort’s main restaurant and serves both Japanese and European culinary delights.
The Oberoi Mauritius is similarly decadent, offering diners magnificent views over the turquoise ocean. The main restaurant serves a variety of dishes, with Continental, Oriental and Creole influences apparent.
Those in search of an authentic Creole meal will treasure Escale Creole, surrounded by lush vegetation and beautiful flowers. Hosts Marie Christine Forget and her mother Majo run Escale Creole, and enjoy chatting with diners about Creole food as they serve delicious dishes of octopus curry, pickles and atchars. Be sure to save room for dessert, as their selection of freshly baked cakes are a rare treat – if you’re lucky, they might even give you the recipe for their famed coconut cake!
Although it might be hard to believe, there may come a point when you fancy a change of scenery from Mauritius’s beaches. If you do, we recommend you head over to Resto Sept, nestled along a quiet road near Trou d’eau Douce. Serving a mixture of Creole and Oriental dishes, along with freshly baked bread, Resto Sept is the perfect getaway from crowds. Be sure to try the restaurant’s calamari, which is always fresh and flavourful.
Still hungry? Then try your luck at Dewa & Sons, a quaint and charming restaurant which serves an array of exquisite Mauritian delicacies, including dholl puris. Regarded as Mauritius’s number one fast food, dholl puris is a base of warm bread topped with split peas, achard, pickles and chutney – delicious!
By now your mouth must be watering. Well, there’s only one way to solve this: book your holiday to Mauritius and sample all of its culinary delights!
Amy Labbadia is a global nomad who has visited over 50 countries. Amy now writes for Wanderforth, a tour operator specialising in holidays to Mauritius.
- photograph – George Ornbo