10 Things to eat in Mauritius and where

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Martí Micolau

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Mauritius is a large island in Africa, located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar.
Being a former English colony, populated for the most part by Indians, followed by a low percentage of French and Chinese, the gastronomy of the island is a typical example of fusion cuisine. Mauritian recipes are a perfect match between French fish dishes, in which there is no shortage of fragrant Indian spices, to which are added Chinese-derived soups.

That's why the island is full of clubs of all kinds, which offer mixed and international cuisine, but also exclusively ethnic restaurants, passing through the large open kitchens of luxury hotels.
Let's find out together then the 10 things to eat in Mauritius and where!


  1. Bol renversé
  2. Curry de poulet (Chicken curry)
  3. Biryani
  4. Camarons à la mauricienne (Mauritian shrimp)
  5. Vindaye
  6. Salade de Palmiste
  7. Rougaille Poisson Salè
  8. Samosa
  9. Gulab jamun
  10. Creole coffee
  11. Where to eat in Mauritius: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Bol renversé

It literally means "inverted bowl", and it is a typical dish of the island, of Chinese origin. Absolutely to taste.

It's at based on rice, vegetables and meat, the latter can be chicken or in some cases pork shoulder). Shrimps and lots of spices are then added to these basic ingredients.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: chicken, eggs, carrots, rice, cabbage, soy sauce, shrimp, paprika, garlic, ginger, leek

2 - Curry de poulet (Chicken curry)

Typical chicken dish e Mauritian curry, sweeter than Indian curry. The original recipe is dairy-free and includes a cream of garlic and ginger, shallot and thyme.

In the various restaurants it is possible to find the equivalent of the dish with other types of meat, such as lamb, pork, or fish.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: chicken, Mauritian curry, thyme, garlic, ginger, shallot

3 - Biryani

Typical Indian dish, usually quite spicy. The name derives from the Persian word beryā which means fried or roasted.

It is a dish based on rice, to which meat (mainly chicken), fish, saffron yogurt, eggs and vegetables are added. Everything is seasoned with numerous spices such as turmeric and paprika.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 13,00
  • Main ingredients: Basmati rice, chicken, onions, milk, paprika, ginger yogurt, garlic, coriander, turmeric, green chilli.

4 - Camarons à la mauricienne (Mauritian shrimp)

Typical dish where i protagonists are the prawns served with a red sauce, made with garlic and tomato.

Shrimp usually come also accompanied by white rice and hard-boiled eggs.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: prawns, onions, tomato sauce, garlic, ginger, thyme, eggs.

5 - Vindaye

The vindaye is one sauce that combines French cuisine with oriental spices.

It is prepared by mixing mustard, oil, vinegar, garlic, onion, saffron and green chilli. It is served cold and often comes used to flavor chicken or fish.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: mustard, oil, vinegar, garlic, onion, saffron, green chilli.

6 - Salade de Palmiste

This dish is very special, it is about a salad with hearts of palm.

The palm core is obtained from some types of palm grown only in some marshy areas, such as those found in Latin America or Brazil.

  • Recommended to: starter
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: salad, hearts of palm, tomato, salt, pepper.

7 - Rougaille Poisson Salè

Another typical dish of the island, based on salted fish, the "snoek", a kind of mackerel.

The snoek is fried and then cooked again in a pan with the rougaille sauce, based on tomato and spices. Usually the dish comes served with the addition of white rice.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 16,00
  • Main ingredients: salted fish, seed oil, chopped fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, thyme, parsley, salt

8 - Samosa

It is fried and stuffed triangles of batter with vegetables, such as peas, onions, spinach, but also with potatoes. In the variants with the meat one usually finds beef and peas.
During the meal, the samosas are dipped in spicy sauces.

They represent a typical example of street food easily found on the streets of the island.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, seed oil, potatoes, onion, chilli, peas, ginger, garlic, cumin, turmeric, beef

9 - Gulab Jamun

It is sweets from Indian cuisine. They are round-shaped cakes (similar to berries) made from a mixture of flour, milk powder and sugar, fried in vegetable oil.

Once cooked, they are then dipped in a syrup made from cardamom, rose water, saffron, kewra (a rare plant) and honey.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, milk, butter, sugar, rose water, cardamom, saffron, seed oil, kewra, honey

10 - Creole coffee

Traditional island drink, it is coffee flavored with the specialty of the place par excellence, namely the rum.

The drink comes also served with coffee beans inside or whipped cream, or vanilla, according to the various types of preparation.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: coffee, coffee beans, cloves, rum, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, whipped cream

Where to eat in Mauritius: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

The fusion cuisine that characterizes the island can be found both in renowned restaurants and in the kiosks near the beaches, specialized in street food, passing from real street vendors to street corners.

The variety of culinary traditions that exists in Mauritius is also tangible from the presence of numerous ethnic clubs, each specialized in their own cuisine of origin.

The great chefs of the island, then, do not fail to propose theirs avant-garde and international recipes, which make fusion and culinary cultural integration their stylistic signature.

1 - La Bonne Marmite

  • Description: restaurant in the center of Port Louis, specializing in Indian and Creole cuisine
  • specialty: Shrimp Rougaille, Gratin de crab
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: Sir William Newton St, Port Louis - Get Directions / Tel: +230 212 4406

2 - La Potiniere Curepipe

  • Description: rustic restaurant with French and Creole cuisine
  • specialty: Bougrement Bon
  • Average price: from € 28,00 per person
  • Address: Lees Street, Curepipe - Get Directions / Tel: +230 676 2648

3 - Seabell Restaurant

  • Description: fusion cuisine restaurant, where you can find abundant dishes at affordable prices and with exclusively local ingredients
  • specialty: Creole recipes
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Costal road, Poste Lafayette - Get directions / tel: +230 410 5373

4 - Kwan Peng Snack

  • Description: Chinese food kiosk located in front of the public beach of the city of Trou aux Biches, very popular with locals
  • specialty: steamed ravioli
  • Average price: from € 8,00 per person
  • Address: Pamplemousses - Get Directions / Tel: +230 5924 7838

5 - Pyramid Snack

  • Description: small place with only two items on the menu, but where to find authentic Creole and Indian cuisine.
  • specialty: Biryani, Khebab
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: Mahebourg - Get Directions / Tel: +230 631 9731

6 - Le Fournil

  • Description: bakery and pastry shop where you can find excellent desserts according to French and European recipes
  • specialty: Macaron, les eclaires, baugette, bread
  • Average price: from € 4,00 per person
  • Address: Route Royal, Pointe aux Cannoniers - Get Directions / Tel: +230 263 3030

8 - Rhumerie De Chamarel

  • Description: a place where you can taste the authentic rum, the undisputed specialty of the island, according to three main recipes
  • specialty: White Rum, Coeur de Chauffe, Straw Rum.
  • Average price: from € 8,00 per person
  • Address: Chamarel - Get Directions / Tel: +230 483 4980

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