Thanks to the multicultural heritage of Mauritius, its gastronomy covers a wide range of specialties inherited from Indian, Chinese, French or Creole cuisine.
Mauritius is known as the "pantry of the Indian Ocean" due to the great variety of raw materials it has. The basic ingredients are rice, chicken, fish and seafood.
The dishes of the Mauritian Cuisine stand out for the intensity of flavor and aromas due to the use of a great quantity of spices such as parsley, coriander, tarragon, cumin, cloves, chilli and curry.
In some of the salty preparations they use tamarind to give the dish a bittersweet and delightfully exotic flavor.
Fresh tropical fruits such as lychee, mango, guava, pineapple, coconut and papaya complete the food pyramid of local products.
Alouda is a sweet milky drink containing balls of tapioca balls and flavoured with a sweet vanilla syrup. It is usually pink in colour and makes for a refreshing drink in the warm Mauritian climate. Although you can find it on almost all cafe menus, the best place to grab an authentic version is in the market in Port Louis.
A Mauritian dish, supposedly adapted from the Indian Vindaloo recipe, it is a fish or chicken curry cooked with spices such as mustard, garlic, ginger, turmeric and onion. You can also find vegetarian adaptations which replace the meat with fresh vegetables but you can expect both versions to be spicy! Usually, the dish is served alongside rice, lentils and sweet chutneys.
Probably the most common and widely consumed dish in Mauritius, Dholl Poori is a variation of the popular Roti flatbread, found throughout India. It is a fried thin bread stuffed with ground yellow split peas, and served with bean curry and chutney. A great option for vegetarians, this dish can be found almost everywhere in Mauritius although for the best Dholl Poori, visit Rose-Hill where there is a street stall selling this delicious delicacy.
Meaning ‘fried noodles’ this dish is of Chinese origin. It consists of noodles fried in oil and soy sauce topped with spicy chilli and crunchy spring onions. Of course, the best place to enjoy Mine Frites is in Chinatown, where numerous stalls cook up the noodles in a wok, fresh to order.
Meaning ‘layers of dough’ this bread originated in India and is consumed throughout the region. It is a flour bread made by hand and filled with various vegetables, meat and fish accompanied by different sauces. It’s a versatile food which accompanies most meals and can be found in almost all traditional restaurants on the island
Mauritius has a long history of being a major tea producer. The huge Bois Cheri tea estate grows black tea infused with vanilla, to create a delightfully sweet and fragrant drink. You can even visit the plantation and taste the tea close to the source. This traditional Mauritian tea is sold all over the island and internationally too.