Local cuisine and food "fusion style", all served in a renovated colonial villa. From the outside everything looks really beautiful and inviting. But the service is the opposite: we went there for a cocktail (they offer a wide range of cocktails because of their own rum destillery) and made a reservation for the upcoming Friday for dinner. When we arrived on Friday we had to learn that the reservation disappeared and that we could get a table in a corner... ok...But the worst surprise we experienced when we got home: We paid our two cocktails with VISA - there the price was 370 Seychelles Rupies (about 20 Euro), but they made a mistake and charged us the price in Euro!!! Imagine 370 Euro (about 500 US Dollar) for two cocktails! And they don't answer any mails, even some telephone calls in fluent French went by unnoticed. Don't get me wrong: you can make mistakes, but this current behaviour is no way of style!! Maybe a lot of rich people are coming to the Seychelles - but we saved up for this very special travel and paying that much money more is a problem for us. Actually it really spoils our whole holiday on these beautiful islands..
The Berjaya Mahe Beach resort is on the Port Launay side of the island, it is a huge concrete building, quite untypical of the usual seychelles hotels, perched high on a cliff with outstanding views of the ocean and other islands. They offer a buffet on a Sunday that is second to non, they also offer their facilities to enjoy if you spend more than 50 Rupees per person. The buffet cost 110 Rupees per person which will more than cover your use of their wonderful pool and sundeck.
Favorite Dish: This was the best buffet I have had on the island. Including grilled fish, curried chicken, lamb chops and pork ribs with fresh vegetables and roast potatoes. Also included was a variety of salads and desert finished off with cheese, crackers and coffee.
The Pirates Arms was a real find. Just when I'd almost given up hope of finding a good value restaurant in the Seychelles, I came across this place. It's got a great location, right in the centre of Victoria, a friendly atmosphere, and the food and drinks are reasonably priced. OK, so the food is not the best you'll ever eat, but it's adequate.
The Pirates Arms is a nice place to hang out in for an hour or two, watching the world go by. You can just sit by the window, nursing a Sebrew beer, if you want.
Check the website out below. It's a webcam, showing the Pirates Arms. Even if you never go there, you can look through the window and watch people eating there "live"!
Favorite Dish: The fish creole is good. The menu is fairly eclectic, for example, they serve pizza as well as a nice Thai chicken and rice. Good cocktails too.
I highly recommend this hotel for their excellent Sunday lunch buffet.
It is served out on the side of the hotel by the waters edge.
The food is very good and the hotel has an old world romantic atmosphere.
Afterward you can go down to the beach.
You can also see the fodies being fed
or watch the two Seychelles turtles on the property.
The only restaurant on Takamaka. A pretty wild place with sandy floor, the beach right there and very rustic, according to the driver-guide it's an old-style traditional construction.
It's a bit of a tourist trap, as it it the perfect lunch stop for everybody on an "around the Mahe Island trip". Apparently this fact hasn't cut the quality of the food, but perhaps jacked up the price a bit?
Takamaka beach can be wild with huge, crashing ocean breakers. When I was there it was swimmable (Feb 04). Lodging is also available here at about 100 Euro/night for a double in the low season. I notice there are some warning tips from other VT members on this place. If you find Beau Vallon crowded, try this!
Favorite Dish: Grilled prawns
Grilled cordonnier fish
Do I have to explain why it's so good???
Nothing to clutter its taste and take the attention from the original raw materials.
A nice restaurant right on the main street (remember, oxcarts and bikers mostly on this main street) in La Passe. When you walk by you instantly take a liking to the laidback atmosphere and Mr. Marston himself sitting out chatting with friends and passer-bys.
Indoor and outdoor seating.
Attached to a guesthouse (Chez Marston Guesthouse), and food is included for the guests. Got to be a good option!
Favorite Dish: A good, local-dish kitchen; serves up excellent meals for a good price.
We had varieties of seafood which was consistently good. The Lady tried the burger once which wasn't up to expectations (is it ever?). What we came back for as starter or as part of a mix of shared main dishes was the octopus salad - excellent.
And.... how could I forget it - the Seybrew!
Rendezvous has a very good menu, pizza, fish, steak salads, sandwiches and some eye catching desserts. I have had the pizza and the fish, my friends have had the steaks. Everyone seems to agree the food is fresh and tasty. The Pizza is better here than anywhere else I have found. Lot's of toppings. If you stop by, make sure to get the fresh pineapple juice and a banana split.
Favorite Dish: Banana split
Ambiance was nice. Service was a little more attentive than normal. The food was excellent. The fried fish platter came with 3 different fish fillets. The owner seems to take some pride in his food and it shows. I'm not a french cuisine expert, but it did have a french flare to the decor.
Favorite Dish: Fried fish
al Mare is hard to miss. It's a large white house that sits right on Beau Vallon beach. The owner, Livio, is an Italian who has lived here for decades and obviously loves his job. Sit inside or on the patio where the waves crash just feet away. I have had the seafood kabob and steak platters and both have been excellent. They have a good wine selection. Very friendly owners.
Favorite Dish: seafood kabob
This is the place to go for good food on Beau Vallon beach. There are other amazing restaurants here as well, because this is tourist central, but to me, this is the one you can't miss. The restaurant opens at 730pm. I recommend reservations as well, but not necessary. It is a creole style buffet served in a boat at the restaurant. One thing to remember, the green chili sauce is hot hot, but oh so good. I highly recommend the mango salad and grilled tuna. I could make a meal out of just those two. Buffet and drink will cost about 280 SR.
Favorite Dish: Grilled Tuna and mango salad
North of Beau Vallon about a mile is the Hilton. If you want a great hamburger, look nowhere else. Most places seem to want to overcook a tiny patty of beef and call it a hamburger. The Hilton has a huge, juicy ½ pound burger that is incredible, and they salt their French fries which is also something that no one else seems to do. Service is friendly but slow. Great sushi and a very good band playing in the background. Right on the ocean and a great view. Worth a trip and not much more expensive than some of the other cheaper hotels.
Favorite Dish: Juicy delicious hamburger!
Other than the Meridian, there are two other large hotels on Beau Vallon beach, Berjaya and Coral Strand. Both have similar restaurants. The Berjaya has a dinner buffet with a Hibachi grill in the corner that is about 550 rupees, a Chinese restaurant open all week for lunch and dinner and a pizzeria open for lunch and dinner. It also has a free breakfast for guests. The Chinese restaurant will cost between 160 and 300 rupees. The pizzeria has pizzas, burgers, pasta, etc, for about the same cost. The Coral Strand has a very similar setup with similar prices.
Favorite Dish: Petini de pollo and grilled fish at the berjaya. The indian restaurant at the Coral Strand has great homemade Naan bread.
The fish I bought from local fisherman and simply grilled in the oven was a wonderful experience. I paid about 5 dollars for 1 kg of fish. It may be many several fishes bundled up or one big fish such as job fish or red snapper. They cleaned and gave it to me. Very fresh very tasty. If you do not come accross people selling fish by the road , go to Victoria fish market. Do not buy fish prepared and sliced. It is not protected from flies ! But buy a whole fish and have it cleaned there.
Favorite Dish: Parrot Fish
Simply terrible !! Terrible Breakfast, Terrible dinner
(Food is only good in touristic brochures in Seychelles in general. Due to low technology it is not even possible to eat fresh fish in a restaurant. I mean they can not manage logistics to keep fresh fish. In many restaurants there is no differencs between chicken, turkey, fish, or meat. They all are shocked and kept in deep freeze. And have no taste. Follow my tips if you want to go few good and not sky hi priced restaurants.)
Newscafé is located at the heart of Victoria.I didn't like the food but I like their different flavoured tea drinks (can be served hot or cold).I don't have a picture of this place but what you see there is the view from the café window.
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Frigate Island 00000, Seychelles
Satisfaction: Very Good
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