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Mauritian Flavours

Like a good cocktail, Mauritius is a blend of many different tastes and flavours, shaken by history and poured into the middle of the Indian Ocean.
OK, so Mauritius does not offer the wall to wall blue skies of for example Oman, and it is a lot further away from Europe than the Caribbean, but for me there are few places I can truly relax. The temperatures are always comfortable, the service generally excellent and this time, more than ever, I was reminded about the wonderful food that is available.
And I am not just talking about the international cuisine which abounds in the ever-growing number of hotels that Mauritius has to offer.
This time we stayed at the St. Regis Hotel which itself offers Japanese, French & International, Indian, and Seafood Restaurants, all available on a Full Board basis aside from the Japanese Restaurant for which supplements are payable.
On one night we were invited to have a Mauritian menu in the French restaurant which was one of the most enjoyable meals during our stay.
Like Mauritius, the “tasting” meal was a journey not only through Mauritius’s historical influences and geography, but also through all the fine fresh produce that Mauritius has to offer.
Salads were fresh with both fish and palm hearts. Main course tasters featured Duck Salmi and beautiful fish curry. And to conclude, a wonderful fresh dessert featuring passion fruit, mango and coconut. The hotel does not offer the menu as a regular feature, but offers it to guests who stay for longer than 7 days and who, though it would be hard to imagine why, may be seeking an alternative to the extensive number of restaurants which are available.
For me, this menu was the jewel in the crown, a hidden gem, and testament to the fantastic food available beyond the vast array of international restaurants which already abound.
Mauritius is truly a cocktail to be savoured.

Richard travelled to Mauritius in February 2017

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