Where to Eat Out in Port Louis, Mauritius

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Where to Eat Out in Port Louis, Mauritius

14 February 2020

Where to Eat Out in Port Louis, Mauritius

Forget everything you’ve ever heard about Mauritius. The aquamarine seas, still waters, and blinding white beaches are great, sure, but the bustling capital of Port Louis and the thriving food scene comes as a surprise to many visitors. A day spent here could easily be idled away doing nothing but trying street food and dining on fresh fish…and why not? With food this good on offer, deciding where to get your fill can be a challenge. Here’s our foodie guide to the Mauritian capital city.

 

Lambic

If you love beer, you’ll love Lambic. Set inside a refurbished colonial house in the heart of the city, Lambic is more than just a place to grab a bite. This microbrewery is a beer shop, café, restaurant and lounge all in one space, and with a beer list as long as your arm, those who enjoy a pint or two will not be disappointed. If you’re not sure what to drink, the friendly staff will recommend a beer to pair with your meal. It’s one of the most renowned restaurants in the city, and alongside their fabulous beer, they also serve up a selection of European and Mauritian dishes alongside an extensive tea and whiskey list. Whether you’re more into their Creole-style fish and chips, want to delve into a flavourful mussel broth, or prefer to stick to good old steak and chips, there’s no doubting that a good time will be had by all who pay a visit to Lambic.

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Le Courtyard Restaurant

If you want a taste of France in Mauritius, you can find it in the baguettes served at every shop, in the fast-spoken French flying through the air, and in the cuisine. Le Courtyard is a fine dining establishment with beautiful open-air seating perfect for making the most of that brilliant Mauritian weather. Here you’ll find a fusion of French and Mauritian dishes serving you everything from foie gras and confit duck to grilled lobster or fragrant curry. The food is all beautifully and delicately presented and there’s a sommelier on hand to help you choose the perfect glass of red or white to complement your food. A real spoil, but at half the price of what you’d pay in Europe and arguably, even in South Africa. 

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Sailor’s Restaurant

The poolside Sailor’s Restaurant can be a bit hard to find for newbies, but totally worth it! The staff epitomise Mauritian hospitality and will welcome you with a smile at any hour of the day. As you might expect from the name Sailor’s has a focus on fresh seafood, found in abundance in Mauritius. Sitting somewhere between fine dining and casual dining, the food is a fusion of Asian and European flavours. It’s affordable, well-presented and comes in sizeable portions. Standouts are the seafood platter, the seared tuna with tamarind cream, the pad thai and the chocolate mousse and mango sorbet to finish off. And it’s not just the food that’s good here…guests have been known to indulge in a few too many of the Mauritian rum cocktails on offer too. Vegetarians are well catered for with an array of salads and pastas.

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Canton

Thanks to the major cultural influence on the island, the food in Mauritius often falls into one of three categories (or a fusion thereof); Indian, Cantonese, and European or French. Canton is traditional Chinese food which guests rave about. It’s a small, hole-in-the wall establishment with no frills, but the food will blow your mind. Homemade noodles and broths, flavour-packed stir fries, and fresh seafood made with local ingredients like ginger and chilli are the order of the day here. For fast, delicious food at a wallet-friendly price, this place is unbeatable. Not to be confused with Grand Canton – which is equally as delicious but far more upmarket!

There’s no question that Port Louis is a seriously top-notch culinary destination. With all these food recommendations, you may even want to skip the buffet when you’re back on your Mauritian cruise for the evening!

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