PALMYRA HOTEL & RESTAURANT: Don't miss The Lebanese Cuisine!
I have travelled to Mauritius few times now, and my last visit, learned of a new Lebanese restaurant opening by the name of Palmyra. I believe it is the first Lebanese restaurant in this paradise island. Belly Dancing every Friday & Saturday. Generous portions, excellent quality, service and good value for money. Family & Kids Friendly. Budget hotel rooms. Must try!!
Favorite Dish: The Mezze, which is a selection of vegetarian appetizers Homous (chickpea mix), Baba Ghanouj (aubergine) and Tabbouleh dishes with olive oil and pita (lebanese bread). The Mixed Grill, marinated (chicken and lamb kafta) with vegetables comes with rice or salad and dips grilled to perfection. The Samaka Harra (spicy fish fillet). Yummy!
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Pizza pirate: Awesome Pizza's and Amazing Service
After a really bad experience with a place called " La Jonque " we decided to sit in this place -
and it was like a blessing - the ppl here were warm and courteus - we told em that we had to go fast cuz we had to catch the Blue safari - and they actually srever us in a record time - i've never been served pizza's so fast - Ever !!!
And the Garlic Bread was like heaven - Awesome
the Pizza's were so good - i wish i culd get them back here to India to start a chain here :)
- we came back to Pizza Pirate again the next day and got awesome pizzas again -
I recomment this place to anyone who likes good fast service and a tasty quick meal .
Thanx ! everyone at Pizza Pirate - Good Job !!! :)
Favorite Dish: the Garlic Bread - YUMMMMM
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La Langouste Grisee: Amazing setup and fresh lobster !!!
this restaurant is french but mainly seafood. we had dinner there once then brought back friends who had just arrived in mauritius. both times were incredible.
first we were taken aback as we walked in as we did not suspect the setup in this amazing garden. the mauritian people in general r very friendly and welcoming and the service usually good but in this restaurant the staff really was very attentive to details. they brouhgt small stools for our handbags and remembered wat wine we had from our first visit although the place was full then. we had the best lobster in mauritius there, we could taste the freshness and it was cooked to perfection. we had lobster in some other restaurants in grand bay but this one was by far the best.
it is a very romantic place too, there were lots of couples in the restaurant both times.
Favorite Dish: scallops and Loster
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Palais de Chine: Large Chinese restaurant in Grand Baie
Thanks to the prominence of Chinese cuisine in Mauritius, you’ll find that Grand Baie (and other towns and villages on the island) are well-endowed with Chinese restaurants.
In fact, Grand Baie has three large Chinese eating establishments located practically side by side on Royal Road, opposite the town beach and the Indian food stalls.
One of these restaurants is Palais de Chine, and I chose to eat there one evening during my visit to Mauritius in February 2008.
This large restaurant (by Grand Baie standards!) cuts an imposing figure on Royal Road, with its triangular roof and large upstairs balcony overlooking the sea. Alas, Grand Baie is not particularly well lit up at night, so although I got an upstairs table right by the front (despite a number of tables having already been reserved), the view was not as impressive as it would be during the day.
The menu features a large choice of Chinese dishes that I have come to expect from such restaurants the world over. Starters include a choice of soups (hot and sour, chicken and sweetcorn, mushroom, seafood…), fried wantons, prawn crackers, spring rolls, chicken balls, prawn balls, crispy squid.
Main courses feature either chicken, beef, pork, prawns, seafood or vegetables served, for example, with oyster sauce, sweet and sour sour sauce, pineapple, cashew nuts, black bean sauce and a choice of fried rice and noodles. Desserts include ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, banana, strawberry, coconut), flambé banana and fried apples.
The meal was pretty good, although in truth I didn’t enjoy it as much as the nearby Restaurant La Pagode (see other tip). By Mauritian standards it was also quite expensive, especially after the 15% VAT (which is not included in the prices on the menu) is added on. In fact, this was the most expensive meal that I had during my stay, with my total bill falling just short of 800 Rupees. To put that in perspective, though, 800 Rupees equates to around 13 GBP which isn’t bad at all for a three course meal with a couple of beers – it’s just that it was more expensive than the other places I ate, but no better.
The service was efficient and attentive. However, when I came to pay, the waiter wouldn’t accept the 1000 Rupee note as it had a tear in one of the corners. I therefore dug out a wad of lower value notes from my pocket and gave him 800 Rupees. No change for a tip, but that was his own fault! Incidentally, I spent the torn note in the next shop that I visited with no problems at all.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Fried wantons - Cost: 130 Rupees / 2.40 GBP
8 fried wantons, filled with pork and served with 3 dips (chilli, sweet and sour and soy sauce). Very tasty!
Chun Kian Beef - Cost: 225 Rupees / 4.00 GBP
Tender pieces of beef (and lots of them!) with ginger, spring onions and chilli. The grated ginger was very evident and the spring onions were abundant, but the dish was sadly lacking in hot chillis. It was nice enough, but it would have been better if it had had more of a kick to it.
Chinese fried rice - Cost: 140 Rupees / 2.60 GBP
A large plate of egg fried rice with prawns, pork and vegetables.
”Coconut Delights” ice cream - Cost: 75 Rupees / 1.35 GBP
A small bowl with a couple of scoops of coconut flavoured ice cream and grated coconut.
2 “Black Eagle” beers (330ml bottles) - Cost: 60 Rupees / 1.10 GBP
A good selection of Chinese dishes in the heart of Grand Baie. Prices are a little higher than at the neighbouring Chinese restaurants.
La Jonque: International food in the heart of Grand Baie
La Jonque is a large restaurant in the heart of Grand Baie, located on Royal Road, opposite the beach and beside the main bus stop for express buses to Port Louis. I ate there one evening during my stay in Mauritius in February 2008.
The restaurant has a large and airy dining room, it is open-fronted with no glass in the windows and it contains dozens of large tables.
Chinese cuisine features prominently on the menu, but there are also a selection of Creole and international dishes. Having already enjoyed Chinese meals at the two neighbouring restaurants of “La Pagode” and “Palais de Chine”, I was determined to try Creole cuisine on my visit to La Jonque.
In common with most Chinese restaurants that I have visited, most of the dishes comprised of some form of curry or stir fry with either chicken, beef, prawns, pork, seafood or vegetables, with some form of sauce (oyster, garlic, sweet and sour, black bean…) and accompanying rice or noodles.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Crackling Spicy Prawns - Cost: 130 Rupees / 2.40 GBP
About 10 prawns in spicy batter, with lots of hot red and green chilli peppers. They were excellent and reminded me of the spicy prawns that I often have at my favourite Chinese restaurant back home in Sheffield.
Chicken in Creole Sauce - Cost: 150 Rupees / 2.80 GBP
I probably should have checked what Creole sauce was before I ordered this meal, but I was determined to sample a Creole dish, so I ordered blindly. It turned out to be chicken (pretty average meat, not as good as the meat that I enjoyed at other restaurants in Grand Baie) in a predominantly tomato-based sauce with onions and various herbs and spices. Not being a big fan of tomato (although I’m usually happy enough to eat tomato sauces), I didn’t particularly enjoy this meal.
La Jonque fried rice - Cost: 110 Rupees / 2.00 GBP
A large plate of egg fried rice with a generous helping of shrimps, pork, chicken, sweetcorn, onions and other vegetables.
2 Phoenix beers - Cost: 65 Rupees / 1.20 GBP per 500ml
In common with many restaurants in Mauritius, the prices on the menu (and those quoted above) do not include the 15% VAT charge.
A good selection of Chinese, Creole and international dishes in the heart of Grand Baie.
Palm Beach Cafe: Laid back cafe by Pereybere beach
Palm Beach Café is a friendly and laid back café located next to the public beach at Pereybere, just a couple of kilometres north of Grand Baie. I stopped off there for refreshments one afternoon during a visit to Mauritius in February 2008.
There are a few tables inside the café, but I preferred to sit outdoors in the pleasant seating area, beneath the shade of a large tree, with wonderful sea views.
The menu features a selection of salads, sandwiches, omelettes, sweet and savoury pancakes, ice creams and a selection of hot and cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. It is the ideal place for a light lunch when spending a day on the popular adjacent beach.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Crepes des Iles - Cost: 140 Rupees / 2.60 GBP
A couple of pancakes, drowned in rum and passion fruit juice (but mainly rum!) and topped with sultanas, currants and ground coconut. Very tasty!
500ml bottle of Sprite - Cost: 40 Rupees / 0.75 GBP
No ice, but served straight from an ice cold fridge freezer. Many places charge the same price for a 330ml bottle…but here you get a 500ml bottle!
A friendly, laid back café…right by the beach at Pereybere. Recommended!
Cafe Muller: Pleasant cafe in Grand Baie
I visited Cafe Muller for a mid-morning breakfast during my stay in Mauritius in February 2008.
This German café, (although, other than its name there was little to identify it as being German), is located on Royal Road in Grand Baie, a 10-15 minute walk west of Sunset Boulevard and the centre of the resort.
The best thing about Café Muller is its peaceful, tranquil setting. Despite being just off the main road, it offers a lovely little garden with palm trees, water features, bright flowers and a handful of tables on a shaded terrace. As you enjoy your meal, you’ll see birds and butterflies flitting around, and you’ll be put into a relaxed frame of mind by the soothing Vangelis music playing in the background.
The menu consists largely of snacks and light meals. Choose from a selection of sandwiches, omelettes, salads, sweet and savoury crepes, cakes and ice cream sundaes.
The breakfast menu, from which I ordered, includes scrambles eggs on toast, croissants with jam, pancakes and yoghurt.
I opted for:
Fruit salad with honey and almonds - Cost: 90 Rupees / 1.50 GBP
Apple, banana, pineapple and seedless red grapes in a bowl, topped with a drizzle of sweet honey and ground almonds.
A glass of iced mint tea - Cost: 55 Rupees / 1.00 GBP
A refreshing minty tea, with ice cubes and a mint leaf for extra flavour.
A lovely little garden café serving breakfasts and light lunches. Recommended!
Lotus on the Square: Shaded cafe between Grand Baie and Pereybere
Lotus on the Square is a lovely shaded café on Royal Road between Grand Baie and Pereybere. It is located about half way between the centre of Grand Baie and the public beach at Pereybere so if, like I did, you choose to walk from Grand Baie to Pereybere beach then this is the ideal stop off point for refreshments.
I stopped off at Lotus on the Square for lunch one afternoon during my visit to Mauritius in February 2008.
The setting of this café is very tranquil. You will find a handful of tables set in a pleasant garden with water features, lots of greenery and tall palm trees towering overhead. Tables are shaded by umbrellas, and this place is the perfect respite from the hot sunshine.
The menu offers a large mixture of light meals and a few more substantial meals. Choose from a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, omelettes, seafood dishes, beef, pork and chicken dishes and desserts (cakes, ice creams and refreshing sorbets).
The menu is in French, but my schoolboy days of learning French proved adequate on this occasion, as I understood the majority of items on the menu.
I opted for:
Omelette with Gruyere, jambon and champignons and frites - Cost: 150 Rupees / 2.50 GBP
A light omelette filled with melted Swiss Gruyere cheese, strips of ham and mushrooms and served with thin, salty French fries. A tasty and suitably light lunch.
Fresh pineapple juice - Cost: 100 Rupees / 1.60 GBP
A glass of refreshing pineapple juice with lots of ice cubes.
A pleasant café in a shaded and tranquil setting. A good selection of light lunches. Highly recommended!
Crok Chaud: Charming little patisserie in Grand Baie
Crok Chaud is a small patisserie and café in the resort of Grand Baie. It is located on Royal Road, the main seafront street of Grand Baie, about 10 minutes walk uphill from Sunset Boulevard.
I ate breakfast at this friendly little pastry shop one morning during a visit to Mauritius in February 2008.
Crok Chaud offers a handful of metal tables on an outdoor terrace underneath a canopy. The views (albeit across the road) of the picturesque bay that gives Grand Baie its name are superb – watch the colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down in the turquoise Indian Ocean.
The menu includes a selection of sandwiches, sweet pastries and cakes, continental breakfasts, fresh fruit juices and a variety of coffees and teas.
I opted for:
Crok Gourmand - Cost: 95 Rupees / 1.60 GBP
A small, but very refreshing, glass of freshly squeezed orange juice with ice cubes + a Viennese pastry (a finger shaped croissant-type roll filled with chocolate chips) + a croissant with butter and orange marmalade + a small cup of strong espresso coffee. An ideal continental breakfast at a very good price.
Crok Chaud opening hours:
Monday – Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00
Sundays + Holidays: 09:00 – 12:00
A nice little patisserie with good value continental breakfasts. Recommended.
Pizza Hut: Pizza Hut...with unique local flavours!
I know that I’ll probably get crucified for admitting to eating at Pizza Hut while holidaying in Mauritius (What about all that unique local cuisine? You can eat at Pizza Hut any time you like back home!!), but I did eat there one lunchtime, so here’s my tip!
If you’re missing your favourite fast food joints from back home, then rest assured that you can find both a Pizza Hut and a KFC amongst the various food outlets at the Super U hypermarket complex in Grand Baie. Of course, I wasn’t really having withdrawal symptoms after a few days in Mauritius, but after doing a bit of shopping in the hypermarket I was feeling hungry and decided that I would take the opportunity to try a new and exciting pizza topping.
Amongst the usual selection of pizza toppings (cheese, beef, pineapple, chicken, mushrooms, pepperoni…), there was a section on the menu featuring Tandoori pizzas. I think that these rather unique pizza toppings just about justify building a Pizza Hut tip!
The following pizzas are available in the Tandoori section for those wanting to mix local tastes with traditional fast food:
Veg Tam A Tam - cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, green peppers, baby corn and tandoori sauce;
Exotica - cheese, baby corn, tomatoes, spicy jalapenos, onions, black olives and tandoori sauce;
Murg Mazedar - cheese, chicken, onions, green peppers and tandoori sauce;
Jinga Machli Tandoori - cheese, prawns, crab meat, fish, onions and tandoori sauce;
Chicken Tikka Makhani - cheese, chicken, onions, tomatoes, spicy jalapenos and tandoori sauce.
I opted for the Jinga Machli Tandoori pizza (Cost: 125 Rupees / 2 GBP), which features an interesting mix of seafood and spicy tandoori sauce. The pizza was topped with a generous helping of decent sized prawns, but the crab meat and fish were rather more difficult to detect, having been cut into small pieces and blended into the sauce. I had a 500ml bottle of Pepsi (35 Rupees / 0.60 GBP) to accompany my pizza.
To give a rough idea of prices:
Personal Pan Pizzas (serves 1) = 95 – 125 Rupees
Regular Pizzas (serves 2) = 185 – 245 Rupees
Large Pizzas (serves 4) = 295 – 350 Rupees
Pizza Hut…but with a range of unique local pizza toppings!
Panou Panou: Laid back cafe opposite Pereybere beach
Panou Panou is one of a handful of restaurants and cafes that line the main road behind the public beach in the small village of Pereybere, a couple of kilometres north of Grand Baie.
This laid back café has an outdoor seating area out front, with wooden garden furniture and a canopy to keep off the midday sun.
I visited Panou Panou for a drink one lunchtime during a visit to Mauritius in February 2008. At that time of day, the café offered a limited selection of foods, including marlin sandwiches and cheese and ham toasties, but served more substantial meals later in the day. In any event, I was only visiting for a refreshing drink after a morning spent walking along the beach.
Panou Panou has an extensive drinks menu, with three local beers (the ever popular Phoenix, as well as Blue Marlin and Black Eagle) available, a huge array of spirits and cocktails, as well as fruit juices and soft drinks.
The drinks menu prominently features locally produced rum drinks, so I decided that this would be a good place to try the local spirit. A section of the menu listed the various flavours that could be added to the rum, ranging from lemon, lime and pineapple to vanilla and even chilli flavoured rum.
I opted for:
A Phoenix beer - a small (330ml) glass of ice cold beer. This local Mauritian beer is of a very high standard, having won gold medals at international beer awards in the past. A light, crisp lager. 60 Rupees / 1 GBP.
Rum and pineapple juice – not as refreshing as I imagined it would be, but very potent! A small glass of strong, locally produced rum, with bits of sugar cane in the bottom of the glass. 80 Rupees / 1.30 GBP.
A relaxing café with a good choice of local rum drinks and cold Mauritian beers! Located across the road from Pereybere public beach.
Restaurant La Pagode: Chinese food in the heart of Grand Baie
Chinese is one of the three cuisines, along with Indian and Creole, that broadly make up Mauritius’ national culinary identity.
Thanks to the strong Chinese influence on the nation’s cuisine, Grand Baie is well endowed with Chinese restaurants. In fact, three large predominantly Chinese restaurants are situated almost side by side along Royal Road in the heart of Grand Baie.
One of these is Restaurant La Pagode, a large restaurant with a pagoda-like roof, located opposite the town beach.
Chinese cuisine is exceptionally good value in Mauritius, and La Pagode proved to be no exception to this rule when I ate there one evening during a visit to the island in February 2008. I sat at one of the downstairs tables, next to the open front of the restaurant with views on to Royal Road and across to the sea. Alas, the street lighting is very sparse in Grand Baie, so I could see only darkness where I would otherwise have seen the Indian Ocean.
Browsing through the menu, I was spoiled for choice, with a huge selection of curries and stir fry dishes containing chicken, pork, beef, duck, shrimps, prawns, squid, lobster and vegetables. That’s not to mention a tempting array of starters such as soups, spring rolls, wantons, prawn toasts, spicy chicken and prawns.
The starters ranged in price from 60 to 120 Rupees (approx. 1 to 2 GBP), while the majority of main courses (albeit served without rice or noodles, which were available separately at similar prices to the main dishes) cost between 100 and 200 Rupees (approx. 2 to 4 GBP). The only exceptions being king prawn and lobster dishes which were two or three times more expensive than the rest.
The dessert menu featured fruit salad, ice cream, Chinese cakes, pineapple cakes and chocolate gateaux, with prices ranging from 50 to 120 Rupees.
I opted for:
Spring Roll - Cost: 75 Rupees / 1.30 GBP
One large spring roll, with the type of thick batter that you would normally find on a fish from a British fish and chip shop. Generously filled with pieces of chicken, bean sprouts, cabbage and other vegetables and served with a dish of sweet and sour sauce.
Shrimps in Oyster Sauce - Cost: 120 Rupees / 2.00 GBP
A dozen or more medium sized shrimps in a salty oyster sauce with onions, spring onion shoots and other green leaves. Tasty, and good quality.
Fried Chinese Noodles with Shrimps and Chicken - Cost: 95 Rupees / 1.60 GBP
A large plate of thin noodles, a handful of small shrimps, several pieces of well cooked chicken, onions and green veg, topped with strands of egg.
Ice Cream - Cost: 55 Rupees / 1.00 GBP
Two small scoops of vanilla ice cream with no sauce or toppings.
Phoenix beer (330ml draught) - Cost: 65 Rupees / 1.10 GBP per glass.
Note: As in many restaurants in Mauritius, the prices stated on the menu (and the prices that I have used above) are subject to a further 15% VAT charge.
Having eaten at Restaurant La Pagode, I subsequently ate at the neighbouring “Palais de Chine” and “La Jonque” restaurants later on in my holiday and while all three were very good, I would say that La Pagode was my favourite of the three.
Good value Chinese food in the heart of Grand Baie. Recommended!
Sunset Cafe: Breakfast by the sea!
Sunset Café is part of the Sunset Boulevard shopping and dining complex on Royal Road in the northern resort of Grand Baie.
Despite its name, this laid back café is not just a nice place to enjoy a drink while watching the sun set in the evenings, but is also the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely breakfast while overlooking the beautiful turquoise sea.
I ate breakfast at Sunset Café on my first morning in Grand Baie during a visit in February 2008. I was fortunate enough to arrive at a time when the café wasn’t very busy, so I was able to sit at one of the tables closest to the sea and soak in the stunning views.
The outdoor seating area includes dozens of small tables, shaded by a combination of umbrellas and tall palm trees.
No sooner had I taken my seat than one of the friendly and attentive waitresses arrived at my table with a menu and a smile.
I browsed the breakfast items and had every intention of opting for the healthy fruit platter (140 Rupees), but upon seeing that an accompanying fruit juice would cost an additional 150 Rupees, I decided it made sense to instead order the Tropical Breakfast at a cost of 320 Rupees (approx. 5 GBP).
The Tropical Breakfast was as follows:
- A fruit platter: a plate of sliced banana, apple, fresh pineapple and pieces of orange;
- A basket containing half a dozen slices of thin, crispy French toasts, a wonderful flaky croissant, a pastry filled with chocolate chips and a selection of butter and jams (orange, pineapple and strawberry);
- Eggs and bacon: a plate filled with scrambled eggs (other styles also available), mixed with spring onions and dozens of rashers of crispy bacon;
- A pot of tea: enough for just over 2 full cups.
My breakfast at Sunset Café must rank as one of the best breakfasts that I have ever eaten – not just for the quality of the food (which was excellent), but also for the relaxing setting, the friendly staff and the breathtaking views!
A wonderful breakfast with amazing views! If only I could start all of my days at Sunset Café! Very highly recommended!
Grand Baie food stalls: Good value Indian snacks in Grand Baie
A cluster of good value food stalls can be found on Royal Road, just behind the beach in the shade of the trees, in the northern resort of Grand Baie.
This handful of food vendors sell mainly Indian snacks to take away or to eat on the nearby benches while looking out to sea.
I had read about one particular Indian delicacy that these stalls are famed for prior to my trip. That delicacy was gateaux piments, roughly translated as “chilli cakes”. With my fondness for hot and spicy food, I was determined to sample these during my visit to Mauritius.
So, on the first afternoon of my stay I dropped by the stalls and selected a variety of the tasty looking snacks. None of the snacks were labelled, so I simply pointed at the most tempting looking items and the stall owner put them into a paper bag for me, and asked me if I wanted chilli sauce pouring over them. Naturally, I did.
The snacks were incredibly good value for money, with each one costing just 2 or 3 Rupees (0.04 GBP and 0.06 GBP).
My mixture of snacks included:
- Vegetable samosas (small, crispy triangles of pastry filled with a variety of vegetables);
- Gateaux piments (fried balls of lentils and hot chillis);
- An unidentified snack that consisted of bread covered in spicy batter. I wondered if this was one of the other popular Indian delicacies in Mauritius (dhal roti or dhal puri), but it didn’t seem to fit the description of either of those snacks.
Encouragingly, when I pointed to the gateaux piments, the stall owner warned me that they contained hot chillis. He wasn’t wrong! These tasty little snacks lived up to my expectations and left my eyes watering!
I noticed that other stalls were advertising biryani (curried rice) and that all the stalls sold a variety of flat breads.
The total cost of this meal was just 12 Rupees (approx. 0.25 GBP) – which proved to be astonishingly good value for money.
Excellent value, tasty Indian snacks from the street food stalls of Grand Baie. Highly recommended!
Pizza Hut, KFC, andsome local fast food: Very Good Pizza and Chicken, etc..
You always want a Pizza or a Kentucky fried Chicken, and this one was absolute fantastic, 3 different restaurants under one roof, it is possible to buy water, coke etc... thisis a good option during Sundays when most shops are closed, ofcourse the restaurants are open 7 day a week.
Favorite Dish: Pan-Pizza
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