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20 Mauritius Food You Must Try - A Guide To Food Tour Around The Country

With settlers, slaves and servants, migration also brought different cuisines to Mauritius. Often described as the 'melting pot of flavours', Mauritius offers a wide variety of food from different cuisines. A number of markets sell global food products in Mauritius. It is interesting to know that there is no distinct Mauritian food; the island was uninhabited until the Portuguese found it on their voyage through the Indian Ocean. With colonial governments turning Mauritius into a plantation colony, slaves from and indentured servants from South Asia and swaths of Africa were brought to work in them. Eventually, voluntary migration also took place. Over generations, their cuisines also got mixed into a Creole. It is clearly evident that their diverse food is a must-try.

Here is a list of delicious food of Mauritius along with top places to pamper your taste buds.

1. Curries

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Curries have become a major component in the Mauritian cuisine due to strong Indian influence. They are however different from the traditional Indian curries. The Creole curries have garlic, onion and curry leaves as their base. Often savoured with rice and bread, curries of Mauritius are not too spicy when compared to their Indian counterparts. The octopus curry on near Gris Gris beach will be a delight to your taste buds.

Where to try: Sunshine Fusion restaurant in Poste Lafayette, Roti Aka Vinoda restaurant in Flic en Flac, House of India in Trou aux Biches, Sitar Indian Restaurant in Moka, Saffron Grill restaurant in Riviere du Rempart and Mich Resto in Chamarel village.

2. Farata

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Sounds similar to parantha, right? Farata is the Mauritian variety of Indian parantha. It is often eaten with curry or chutney (read more on chutney later). Besides Farata, Roti Chaud is also served with chutney and curry. They are widely sold on the streets alongside all Indian restaurants.

Where to try: La Chaumière Masala Restaurant, Ile aux Cerfs island, Mauritius and House of India in Trou aux Biches

3. Alouda

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Sounds familiar again? Alouda is the variant of Indian Falooda. It is either pink or green in colour and is made by dissolving agar agar( which is in turn obtained from seaweeds), basil leaves and milk with essence. The best place to try Alouda is Alouda Pillay in Port Louis. It is also sold widely in the central market of Port Louis so that you won't miss it anyway.

Where to try: Banana Beach Club in Grand Baie, Big Willy's in Tamarin Village, The Oberoi Bar in Pointe aux Piments

4. Bois Cheri Tea

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Bois Cheri grows black tea, which is later added with imported flavouring substances. After taking a tour of the Bois Cheri tea factory, sit in the Bois Cheri café and enjoy a sip of this black vanilla tea. One great piece of advice- also take stock of Bois Cheri tea from the shop, you will miss the taste for sure.

Where to try: Bois Cheri Tea factory in Bois Cheri Road, Mauritius

5. Dim sums

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Dim sums are a part of the Sino-Mauritian cuisine. All Chinese restaurants in Mauritius serve dim sums. They are small bite-sized portions of vegetables or meat. Dim sums are wrapped in dough, or steamed and fried. They are often served with chutneys. Don't you find it similar to the Momos sold in your street? Momos and Dimsums are in fact the same dish. Momo is the Tibetan name for Dim sums of China. Some Chinese restaurants in Port Louis will quench your hunger for Dim sums.

Where to try: Asian Restaurant in Pointe de Flacq, Chez Patrick in Mahebourg, King Dragon in Quatre Bornes, Canton in Port Louis

6. Mauritian Biryani

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Apart from being another Indian dish, Mauritian biryani is very similar to Hyderabadi Biryani. The flavoured rice is made with a huge list of spices, long-grained Basmati rice and yoghurt. Also, potatoes are placed at the bottom to prevent the rice from burning or sticking to the vessel. Le Tandoor, near Grand Bay, is touted as the best place to enjoy Mauritian biryani. Crunchy Socarrat, don't you love the crust of biryani rice that forms a layer at the bottom of the pan?

Where to try: Pyramid snacks, Rue de Labourdonnais in Mahebourg city

7. Seafood

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It is very obvious that an island surrounded by waters has some great seafood in store. Mauritian cuisine is said to be sea-food heavy as it forms a major part in stews and curries and other dishes as well.  Crab curry, coriander and chilli fish, fried squid, Vindaye ourite, Vindaye poisson and other seafood based dishes are a must-try. The best seafood of Mauritius is found along the beach roads and in the stalls along the beach. Get ready to eat the fresh catch from waters!

Where to try: La Capitaine restaurant, Amigo Restaurant in Cap Malheureux, Cabane du Filao in Pointe aux Piments, La Terrasse in Grand Baie, La Plage Restaurant in Palmar

8. Dholl Puri

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Dholl Puri is the best street food of Mauritius. Thin wheat bread is stuffed with ground split peas. It is served with curries, pickle and chutney. It is sold all over the island, and you cannot afford to miss this dish.

Where to try: Dewa Dholl Puri in Rose Hill, Dewa Restaurant in Moka, Four Angels Dholl Puri Restaurant in Bel Air

9. Sugar

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True, Sugar can never be a dish. For centuries Mauritians used sugar as a currency. Sugar is Mauritius is the most exported commodity of the island. You get to taste all types of sugar manufactured in this island at L'Aventure du Sucre, a sugar museum. You will have to visit this museum to taste variants of sugar for free!

Where to try: L'Aventure du sucre sugar museum

10. Mithai

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Sounds very Indian? If you are a sweet-toothed tourist, Mithais of Mauritius will be a delight to your taste buds. Mithais are sweet and buttery. Bombay sweets Mart, located in Port Louis will let you taste all most of their sweets.

Where to try: Mori Mithai in Long Mountain and Bombay Sweets Mart


11. Coconut cakes

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Though coconuts are available everywhere, you should not miss drinking from a coconut on a beach in Mauritius. Coconuts are extensively used by Mauritians to make chutneys and cakes. Made from grated coconut and sugar, coconut cakes of Mauritius are delicious cookies. They are called tomahto in Mauritius, though they are not made using tomatoes. Many restaurants in Port Louis sell delicious coconut cakes.

Where to try: La Toque Blanche, Frame n Grill, La Route Du restaurant

12. Mine frites

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It is another street dish in Mauritius. A fried noodle, this dish is topped with fried onions and chilli. The best place to eat this Chinese food is from any stall in the China town. The noodles are fried in soy sauce; you will love it if you are a fan of Chinese cuisine.

Where to try: Asian Restaurant in Pointe de Flacq, Chez Patrick in Mahebourg, King Dragon in Quatre Bornes, Canton in Port Louis

13. Rum

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Mauritian rum is pretty good, though it does not reach the standard of Caribbean rum. The best places to taste Mauritian rum are many: St Aubin, Chateau Labourdonnais, Rhumerie de Chamarel among others. Rum is produced in various flavours like vanilla, coffee, kumqar, spices and citrus fruits.

14. Coconut Chutney

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Every curry meal in Mauritius is accompanied by chutney, of which coconut chutney is the most favourite one. It complements a spicy curry.  Coconut chutney is another Indian dish, which is widely eaten with Idlis in southern India.

Where to try: La Chaumière Masala Restaurant, Ile aux Cerfs island, Mauritius and House of India in Trou aux Biches

15. Palm Heart Salad

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Called as the 'Millionaire' salad', Palm heart salad is a Mauritian delicacy. After palm trees grow old, for about seven years, they are cut down. An arm-sized tube inside this trunk is sliced and eaten as a starter, which is later eaten with salad.

Where to try: La Table du Château, Restaurant Bambou, Four seasons restaurant, La Pirogue

16. Bol Renverse

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Bol Renverse is a type of biryani consisting of three layers: fried egg, chicken or seafood stir-fried with vegetables and sauces and finally the boiled rice. While preparing the dish, the fried egg is first placed in the bowl, then the fried veggies with chicken and lastly, cooked rice. However, while serving it is turned upside down. It is available in few Mauritian restaurants in Port Louis.

Where to try: Pyramid snacks, Rue de Labourdonnais in Mahebourg city

17. Boulettes

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Boulettes are another variant of Chinese dumplings. When dim sums are served with flavoursome bouillon, they become Boulettes. Dumplings are made of meat, pork, fish or even vegetables. Streetside vendors at China Town in Port Louis cook tasty Boulettes.

Where to try: Asian Restaurant in Pointe de Flacq, Chez Patrick in Mahebourg, King Dragon in Quatre Bornes, Canton in Port Louis

18. Achard Legumes

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This popular Mauritian pickle is made up of vegetables. Carrots, cabbage, French beans and fried chillies form the main ingredients of this dish. Have it as a sandwich filling or with bread and biryani.

Where to try: La Chaumière Masala Restaurant, Ile aux Cerfs island, Mauritius and House of India in Trou aux Biches

19. Gajak

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These deep-fried Mauritian snacks are sold everywhere over the island. You will find gajak being sold everywhere, from small, stalls to street vendors and luxury restaurants. It is ostensibly the favourite snack of Mauritians.

Where to try: eating from the street vendors will be the best

20. Roti Chaud

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Roti Chaud is flat Indian bread, served with various curries and pickles. They are sold on the street, carried on the back of a motorcycle. They are identical to Indian rotis. Trying Indian rotis in Mauritius is a great experience anyway.

Where to try: Sunshine Fusion restaurant in Poste Lafayette, Roti Aka Vinoda restaurant in Flic en Flac, House of India in Trou aux Biches

Food in Mauritius is undoubtedly a melting pot of cuisines. With these dishes in your list, your food tour in Mauritius is going to satisfy your taste buds.

This post was published by Sravya Vemuri


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