Food in Mauritius is a journey on its own! Between traditional dishes, gourmet cuisine or street-food, it is a real pleasure for the senses. Mauritian cuisine has been influenced by the different settlements originating from Europe, Asia and Africa through the centuries and is unique. The cuisine is an important part of the Mauritian culture and hospitality.
Wherever you go, you will find restaurants and snacks on your way. Among the dishes of the traditional cuisine to try, you have the famous Creole-style rougaille, a sauce prepared with crushed tomatoes, onions, garlic, and thyme with sausages, meat or salted fish, the various currys, including the tasty chicken curry with shrimp or fish curry with eggplant, fish vindayes, prepared with turmeric, onions and mustard seeds, all theses with or without chilli, accompanied with white rice and a soup of pulses or “bredes” (local greens)… a delight! You must also try the bryani, oriental-style rice with spices cooked with vegetables and any meat, and the surprising Chinese magic bowl.
Your stay in Mauritius will not be complete if you miss out on street food, ranking in the world Top 10, according to The Telegraph! Faratas, Dholl puris, boulettes (dumplings), boiled or fried noodles, gateaux piments (chilli cakes), samoussas, are the most popular among the wide variety of street food available to you, all very tasty and addictive. For the sweet tooth, there are just as many choices such as the Napolitains (in no case similar to those found in France), the moutay cakes, oundé, ladoos, among many treats.
There are also original drinks that will refresh you and perfectly pair some of the food you will taste. There is the famous Mauritian tea, hot black tea with sugar and milk, the delicious Alouda, sweetened flavoured milk with tukmaria seeds and grated agar-agar jelly, the best are found in markets, and the various tamarind or lemongrass juices, and of course, the local beer and the limitless rum-based drinks evoking flavours of holidays!