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Black River Gorges National Park: Some truly excellent picnicking sites
Perhaps the most underrated part of Mauritius is the Black River Gorges National Park, which is an ideal day's outing from virtually anywhere on the island.
One of the attractions of this region is that on a densely settled island, there isn't much in the way of towns or villages in this area: thus, if you're planning to visit, you'd be well advised to come armed with a picnic. If you're on an all inclusive deal at a hotel resort, then they will pack you a picnic free of charge - alternatively just pick up something en route (bearing in mind that only the larger towns will have supermarkets).
We were particularly impressed by the work that had been undertaken to provide good picnic sites in this park. The one in the main picture is adjacent to the new Visitor's Centre at Pétrin, whilst the other - set amid an atmospheric grove of trees - is just by the gorgeous Alexandra Falls.
This is not what I would call a restaurant...: The Farita
It's not a restaurant. Rather it's a food stand / stall. Under most circumstances, I wouldn't dare to try food from a food stand (I'm psychotically obsessed about hygiene when it comes to food). But there was this insanely long line of people, patiently queuing up to buy faritas (similar to roti prata / naan / pita / the 'pockets' kebabs usually come in). So we tried one.. and another .. and another. Yummilicious. And it's cheap. Stuffing: curry (is it dhal curry?), lettuce, bits of meat if you're lucky.Related to:
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Sunset Cafe, Grand Baie: Go for breakfast, go for lunch, just go there!
Sunset Cafe overlooks the water and on a warm sunny day it is the best place to be in Grand Baie. From memory the seating is mostly on the deck overlooking the bay and the food is everything from casual like toasted sandwiches to full meals containing wonderfully fresh seafood, or just pop in for a cool drink or some of their excellent coffee. Go there, you'll love it.
Favorite Dish: After 11 years?? I only remember we kept going back!
Jumbo hypermarket, Port Louis: A great supermarket with a fabulous view
I rather like grocery shopping, and when we travel, a visit to local supermarkets is a must. You can learn so much about a culture and an economy just from perusing the shelves (and people's shopping trolleys). Comestibles are some of the most interesting of souvenirs in that thye allow you to 'relive' your trip every time that you cook with them, and - mindful of customs restrictions - can also make the cheapest and most interesting gifts for the folk back home.
The Jumbo hypermarket is located in a northern industrial suburb of Port Louis, a couple of minute's drive to the west of the highway and offers everything that the tourist could want, from groceries and alcohol to tolietries and clothes.
I have to say that we were a bit taken aback by the cost of living on Mauritius: food prices are at least on a par with Western Europe (often more), with a much lower average wage. As you would expect from a small island economy, most of the goods are imported from France, South Africa or India, which obviously brings in an added element of cost.
There is relatively little local produce in evidence: the most obvious was the fabulous range of local sugar products and delicacies such as smoked marlin.
This is a great place to pick up the makings of a picnic if you're heading for a beach or up into the Black River Gorges National Park: although we didn't sample it ourselves, fellow VT member Donna_In_India who visited Mauritius on her honeymoon is a huge fan of their freshly baked bread!
All that, and this stunning view from the front entrance!
The plantation--The Residence: Creole Cuisine and seafood---exotic Dances
It oversees the ocean(full view if you get the open space). There is an oil lamp on each table and it is very romantic. On wednesdays and saturdays, the restaurant will have a theme for the day. The one I went was African...we had BBQ antelope, veal and seafood.
Sega dances will be lined up for the guests at about 8.30pm or 9pm.
Favorite Dish: Everything is nice....But I like the seafood and game meat. I dont think I have the chance to try this wide variety in Singapore so far.
Food Court Port Louis Waterfront: Try Everything
At the Port Louis Water Front Mall, you will find this food court along with various other restaurants. But the good thing about the food court is that you will get a variety of cuisines so if each person in a group has various tastes, then you can try stopping here. Tikka Masala is highly recommended for Indian food lovers here, the taste could be called the closest to indian food.
Three-Nine-Eight: Part of the Deal
At Le Touessrok, dining is a sublime experience touching all the senses as guests embark on a worldwide journey of culinary discovery. From the spices and fragrances of Northern India and the pure, fresh ingredients of Japan, to the tropical tastes of Thailand and more, the resort showcases the finest in Occidental and Oriental cuisines, with a dining venue to match every mood.
Set on three different levels with eight spectacular open kitchens, it resembles a high-style international market place through which guests can meander choosing foods to suit their moods. Chefs prepare traditional crepes, home-made breads, croissants and pastries, freshly-made pastas and sauces, and brick-oven pizza. There is also an incredible fresh salad bar and an Asian noodle bar with wok dishes sizzling with noodles from Japanese udon to Chinese mee. A traditional rotisserie features classic French turning spits as well as the vertical grills used in the Middle East, serving basket-roasted fish and chicken.
Serving breakfast and dinner.
Favorite Dish: The breakfast and dinner buffets on offer each evening were amazing. I would have to say that the freshly sqeezed juices and pancakes made to order were the way I chose to start each day.
AMIGO: MOI JE DECONSEILLE CE RESTAURANT
le cadre est speciale ,beacoup de vedette on mis leurs signiature nous aussi,le manger est tres cher et pas bien servis ,ma femme et moi on amanger des langouste ,pas fameus, et un bol de riz ,FROID,pas de pince pour les pattes et rein a manger
Favorite Dish: rien , nothing,
Chez Mardaye: Chez Mardaye on Tamarin
C'est chez Mardaye, à Tamarin, une petite boutique sur la Route Royale, juste en face des salines, que vous trouverez les meilleurs Gato papate de l'Île Maurice.
Il vous propose aussi quelques gato piman succulents.
It is at Mardaye, to Tamarin, a small boutique on the Royal Road, just in front of the saltpan, that you will find the best gato papate of Mauritius.
He also proposes you some luscious gato piman.
Favorite Dish: Attention, la tradition veut qu'il propose ses Gato à ses clients à 15:30 heures précise. Avant il n'y en a pas encore, après c'est souvent trop tard !
Allez-y de la part de Klod !
Attention, the tradition wants that it proposes them to 15:30 precise. Before doesn't have some again, after that is often too late!
Go there on behalf of Klod!Related to:
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Chez Dewa: The best Dohll puri
C'est chez Dewa, à Rose - Hill que l'on peut manger les meilleur Dollhs Puris !
Vous pouvez en acheter quelques-uns même en quantité, les proposer entre amis, ou les rapporter au moment de votre retour.
Allez-y de la part de Klod!
À Paris, on trouve quelques Dohlls Puri dans le quartier près de la Gare de l'Est !
It is at Dewa, in Rose-Hill that one can taste the best Dollhs Puris!
You can even buy some in quantity, to propose them at you, between friends, or to bring back at the time of your return.
Go there on behalf of Klod !
In Paris, one finds some Dohlls puri in the district close to the station of the East !
Favorite Dish: 600 g of dohlls, (yellow peas of broken Angole)
1 kg of flour,
1 cuill. to coffee of cumin in powder,
1 cuill. to coffee of anise in powder,
1/2 cuill. to coffee of saffron,
To divide the dough in small equal balls. To dig a hole to the middle and there to incorporate 1 cuil. to soup of dholls. To close again.
To put the balls on a floured surface and the applatir to the roller to get fine crepes, while bending them several times in order to thumb them.
To make heat a slightly greased tawa, there to make cook the crepes 30 " of every side, then to whitewash them with a little oil and to brown them again 30 ".
To serve lined with a curry of vegetables and a chutney of love apples, and a sauce to pimento, to your taste.Related to:
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restaurant amigo: The best seafood ??
Restaurant Amigo is the best seafood restaurant in the north which I've ever went to.The restaurant offers an exquisite blend of european and creole cuisine.The staff are very nice and polite.Always when going to "amigo",you shouldn't forget to eat the "tresor of recif"and the unforgettable "banane flambe".The decor of the restaurant is imaginative;you can share all your experience of the food on the wall by writting.
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish was the "gratin de fruit mer","tresor du recif", "banane flambe"and as digestif,the home made arranged rhum.The tresor du recif is the best because when you eat it,you want to come the next day and eat it again.As desert,I liked the 'banane flambee';the chef of the restaurant comes infront of your table and share his experience by doing it to you,which is very spectaculer.
Varangue Sur Morne: Great food in an impressive scenery
Originally a rustic gamekeeper’s lodge, the restaurant has been conceived as a large verandah, with a balcony view over the whole of the mountainous area, sweeping down to Baie du Cap, Le Morne and beyond.
The restaurant serves a cuisine based on French cuisine and traditional local flavours.
Don't forget to sign the guestbook and read what Prince Edward, Jacques Chirac or Sonia Gandhi wrote.
Favorite Dish: Start with a Pina Colada. Try a Medallions of lamb sautéed served with potatoes and garden vegetables. For dessert ask for their pineapple slices in light caramel and rum sauce served with coconut ice cream.
You also have a choice of seafood, chicken and venison.Related to:
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Le Chamarel Restaurant: Great food - Excellent view
Le Chamarel was easily the best restaurant I visited in Mauritius. The food was excellent and the view was simply out of this world. The restaurant is located a couple of kilometers from the waterfalls and the colored earth of Chamarel. IMHO no visit to those attractions is complete without lunch at this place.
Favorite Dish: The spare ribs were awesome. A huge portion that I simply had to finish as they were so good.Related to:
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La Langouste Grisee: Posh Nosh or Upper Class Tripe?
The staff initially appeared to want us to dine there but although the surroundings were nice, we did feel that the employees felt they were of higher class than we were. I don't think they were very impressed that we chose chicken from the menu rather than the lobster, but as they were charging at least twice as much as everyone else we felt it wasn't worthwhile.
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La Belle Kreole: Family Run with Great Creole Food
On our way back from Ile aux Aigrettes we asked our driver to take us to a traditional Creole restaurant for lunch, as we had eaten only at our hotel so far. He took us to La Belle Kreole and it was an excellent choice on all levels – great food, lovely location and friendly staff.
It is situated by a river and we sat at a table in the garden enjoying the view, the pretty birds flying about and a cold beer while we waited for our food.
We ordered the local taster menu which gave us a lot of food but allowed us to try lots of different dishes. The starter was called TamTam which was a potato dish, a stew and a fish croquet with spicy sauces on the side. We had a selection of main dishes – Sauteed fish, wild boar hash, chicken and shrimp curry with rice, mango and aubergine. For pudding we tried the banana flambé which was the best I have ever tasted (sorry mum!) served with home made ice cream. After that we had coffee and local rum which I think was spiced with vanilla and cinnamon. The cost was €19 each. Highly recommended if you are in the area of Mahebourg.
Favorite Dish: Banana Flambe was superb! And I'm not much of a pudding eater normally.Related to:
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