The different migrant population of Mauritius has added to the richness in flavours, tastes and aroma of Mauritian food. Mauritius is not just a paradise for its beautiful landscape but also a paradise for the discerning palate. Culinary legacies and traditions from India, China, France and Africa have been passed down through generations, enriching Mauritian food.
It is a common Mauritian joke that a typical Mauritian starts the day with a continental breakfast, followed by an Indian lunch and ends with a Chinese dinner.
In our Mauritius restaurant guide below you will find information about the food and cuisine of Mauritius, as well as some great places for eating out. Every dining experience is sure to relax you, especially after a long day of sightseeing and shopping.
It is common to find a mix of cuisines such as Creole, Indian, Chinese and European as part of a single meal. No trip to Mauritius is complete without eating the local food. The ‘cari poule' or chicken curry is a very popular dish and should not be missed. Dholl puri (made from lentils) and rotis, which came from India, are as common and loved as fish and chips.
Though Mauritians are proud of their culinary past, they are also open to newer and more contemporary tastes. Leading chefs of the world such as the Trois Gros brothers, Paul Bocuse and Michel Ducasse have visited the island and contributed to the creation of the finest cuisines in the world.
‘Mine-Frit', which is Chinese fried noodles, and ‘Niouk Nien', which are dumplings, are also commonly found in restaurants and markets. After a good meal, it is usually time for ‘alouda', a Mauritian drink which is milk based and has basil seeds, and resembles a falooda.
Curries are either eaten with rice or breads. The popular breads have their origins in India and are called chapattis, rotis or faratas. Mauritians, like their Indian counterparts, like their food spicy and subtly flavoured using ingredients such as saffron, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. The use of herbs like curry leaves, thyme and basil is also common.
A variety of lentils are used to make lentil soups known as dal. The cuisine also includes a lot of vegetables and beans. A variety of pickles make the meal tangy and interesting. Dholl puri and lentil is an all time favourite with Mauritians and is comfort food for a lot of them.
If you do not want to visit a restaurant, you can try the street food of Mauritius, which includes the gateaux piments or chilli cakes. Vegetable and meat samosas, along with octopus curry in bread, are also a popular street snack. Rogai, which is a variation of the French dish Ragout, is an onion and tomato dish popular with Mauritians.
Mauritians have a sweet tooth and make many types of cakes called gateaux. Indian sweets such as Gulab Jamuns and Rasgollas also make it to the table.
The Mauritian gastronomic experience is an interesting one. Make sure that you have your fill before you leave for the airport or before checking in for your flight. Beyond this point, the snack bar is quite expensive and is not good value for money.
Mauritius has some interesting spirits. Cane rum is cheap and popular. Mixed with cola and ice it is quite irresistible. Another interesting cocktail is local rum and ice mixed with coconut water and a dash of lime. The local beer called Phoenix is considered to be one of the best beers in the world. Served chilled and costing just Rs.30 for a pint, it sure is a steal.
Sugarcane rum is produced all over the island, a legacy prevalent ever since sugarcane was first introduced by the Dutch in 1638. Sugarcane was mainly cultivated for fermentation. The earlier years saw the production of ‘arrack', a precursor to rum. It was after 60 years that sugar was produced.
The French and English administrations both recognised the potential of sugar manufacture and this contributed considerably to the economic development of the island. In 1850, a gentleman named Pierre Charles Francois Harel suggested the local distillation of rum. Today, Mauritius has three distilleries called St. Aubin, Medine, and Gray. There are also plans afoot to open another three.
Creole and Chinese specialties as well as European snacks
The lodges famous dish is Dry beef curry and fish vindaloo.
Located in St Julien Village at Union Flacq, this traditional restaurant is famous for the quality of its Asian food; and proud of serving specialities such as “Chinese Fondue”. The well trained and very friendly staff serves groups and individual visitors with a genuinely warm and professional attitude.
Table D'hotes style cuisine
Restaurant Amigo is a veritable haven for seafood lovers, located in the small northern village Cap Malheureux. The Restaurant which will soon celebrate its 30th anniversary specialises in European and Creole cuisine. It is so hard to choose between its famous signature dishes, that some visitors keep returning until they’ve tasted them all, accompanied by desserts such as the unforgettable "Banane Flambée".
Experience the authentic atmosphere of this nicely decorated and very convivial restaurant in Grand Bay, where North Indian Cuisine is prepared around the traditional clay oven, the Tandoor. Deliciously marinated meat, seafood and crisp naan bread are served with spicy curries and typical stews enhanced by the expert use of fine Indian spices.
Located in Grand Baie in the North Coast of Mauritius.
Located at Trou aux Biches in the North Coast.