In Mauritius it is possible to taste an infinity of rich and spicy dishes because it has a cuisine influenced by other international cuisines. As the population of Mauritius Island is very diverse, the culinary traditions are a mixture of English, French, African, Chinese and Indian influences. This results in unique flavours. Fruits, vegetables, meats and fish are widespread on the island.
And what better place to appreciate all these delicious meals than Port Louis, the capital city of this cultural melting pot. Whether you are a foreigner touring the north or you’re Mauritian, we know you should be hungry right now. Without further due, here is a list of 10 best restaurants in Port Louis (they are presented here for information purposes only and do not reflect any particular order):
•La Bonne Marmite
•Grand Canton Restaurant
•Rozi Darbar Restaurant
•Le Courtyard Restaurant
• Sailor’s Restaurant
Located in Mer Rouge, Sailor’s Restaurant is a great stop if you are coming from the north of the island. Use the link below to drive your way to this place.
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a friendly staff which make you feel welcomed. You always have a small ‘amuse bouche’ after ordering. It is part of the service and you will not be charged for it. Seafood and freshly caught sea fruits seem to be the speciality of the restaurant, but don’t expect just that, the chefs have a few more tricks up their sleeves. We’ll just quote out how the restaurant presents itself on the internet:
Nestled in the heart of the town of Port Louis, sits Sailors Restaurant, with its intrinsic beauty leisurely gracing the Mauritius skyline. The trés chic restaurant presents a breath-taking mouth-watering array of dishes. Our guests can circumnavigate the globe in a journey of tastes. Our guests are spoilt for choice with a selection of rich and gastronomic experiences with this mélange of tastes from all the continents. Sailors is a perfect marriage of fine dining, art and palatial culinary experience guaranteeing pleasure.
Tel: +230 217 0256
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/tbvNPxoc5Wz
Accepts major credit cards: VISA & MasterCard
• Lambic Restaurant
4, St George Street, Port Louis is the place to be if you want to have the best selection of beers and food under the same roof in Mauritius. And what an old roof; this restaurant is beautifully setup in a colonial house in the heart of the capital city. This is one of the last beautiful Creole houses of Port Louis and many will agree that it houses one of the most charming breweries of the island. Lined from the ground to the ceiling of dozens of beer brands, you will be enchanted to try these beauties whether you are a casual drinker or a cicerone.
At the vintage-style bar, you can have a drink or have dinner between the past wooden walls or in one of the small courtyards adjacent to the house, in the open air. You are promised a friendly atmosphere with the welcoming staff. The cuisine, beyond snacks and salads classics, allows some surprising dishes simmered with beer: roast lamb and mint sauce and lager, pork roasted, mussels and fries creamy sauce with Hoegaarden … Tasty, well presented, served with kindness.
If you are a connoisseur, you can expect to find some rare international brews such as Foster’s, Corona, Budweiser, all 7 Cistercian beers but also some inhouse made goodness and popular brews like Lindemans, Chapeau St. Louis and a lot more.
Tel: 212 6011
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/P2ff6uJL1Qs
In and outdoor Seating
Serves Alcohol (definitely does!)
• La Boussole Restaurant
Located in the Wharf of Port Louis, La Boussole restaurant, which opens onto a large terrace, welcomes guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re driving or have chosen car rental in Mauritius, you can park at the Caudan Waterfront Parking, and take the sea, as the restaurant is accessible by boat. It’s a pretty terrace at the edge of the water extended by a cosy and warm room. This restaurant is part of the prestigious Le Suffren Hotel & Marina, itself part of the Indigo Business Hotel Chain. Parisian titis style coffee boys do the service remarkably well.
Showcasing our rich culinary heritage, La Boussole has been registered for many years already on the map of best Mauritian tables. Recipes full of flavours, sublimated aromatic touches unpublished, daring of original mergers of ingredients, each plate is the expression of a new Mauritian culinary art. With the helm a Chef and a team 100% Mauritian, the new map of La Boussole just transcends classics. A generous cuisine to taste, for a business meal or in privacy, in a setting of an elegant modernity. For an absolutely tasty and fast lunch, let yourself be tempted by the lunch buffet dedicated most demanding taste buds.
The chic restaurant offers a great palette of flavours: salads, soups, pasta, fish, meat, poultry … and a predilection claimed for authentic Mauritian cuisine and recipes of yesteryear: gratin and crab meat perfumed with thyme flower, salted fish rougaille, chicken curry and shrimp with farata, roasted pineapple with muscovados sugar and rum-raisin ice cream … Every lunchtime: a large and varied buffet is presented to guests.
Sunday 10:30 am–11pm
Monday 10:30 am –11pm
Tuesday 10:30 am –11pm
Wednesday 10:30 am –11pm
Thursday 10:30 am –11pm
Friday 10:30 am –11pm
Saturday 10:30 am –11pm
Tel: +230 202 4900
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/BfFqrFpj9mD2
• Le Capitaine Restaurant
Le Capitaine Restaurants exist since 1989, but the one located on the waterfront in Port Louis opened in 2002. Since then, the restaurant has been serving to its customers a new taste of Mauritian gastronomy where each ingredient is carefully selected from freshly caught seafood and sea fruits for a delicious flavour, colourful dishes and things you can taste only when on a tropical island. It is fair to say that the restaurant has reinvented itself with the years while keeping a culinary oceanic heritage. This restaurant warmly welcomes its guests.
For the atmosphere, it is impossible not to be charmed by the place, the colourful boats the sea makes you want to stay there and eat more fish. The huge terrace allows to admire the view while tasting the good dishes of the chef. This restaurant is a pure blend of the coastal culinary culture and fine Mauritian cuisine.
Tel: +230 213 0038
• Namaste Restaurant
Ideally located on the Port Louis Waterfront at the edge of the city, the restaurant is a true culinary voyage to India. A refined traditional cuisine, a typical carved wood décor and guests receive a warm welcome. To be enjoyed without moderation. You will relish grilled tandoor, Kormas or Makhanis a house specialty. The restaurant is set in a historical place. The stone walls which surround you here, dates back to the 1830’s and are among the oldest structures in Port Louis. It. This place was once used as an Observatory in the Port.
Namaste Restaurant has got to be added to the list of must-eat restaurants in Port Louis. If this restaurant became one of the most famous of the city, it is not just for comfort but good for its vegetarian cuisine from northern India. All the traditional spices used in classic curries are also present in the various plates of the restaurant.
Tel: 211 6710
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/Gg9ovfA8BmG2
• First Restaurant
Located Angle Route Royale & Corderie St, Port Louis, First Restaurant is one famous Chinese eatery in Port Louis. This restaurant is not the most ‘chic’ place of the capital, but it has something different to offer; it has been aptly renamed “first” because it was the very first restaurant to open its doors in Chinatown. As far as decoration is concerned, this mythical Chinese restaurant has got what it takes: horrendous lamps, chairs covered with bows, nineteenth-century wallpaper and painted columns are some of the ingredients of a beautiful Chinese interior design. You can try many traditional dishes of Cantonese food and other parts of this country. If you want to taste authentic and tasty Chinese food with top quality products you cannot miss this restaurant. In addition to choosing between the varied dishes of meat, fish, vegetables, rice and dim sum on the menu, you can also enjoy a lunch menu from Monday to Friday and special menus for groups.
Sunday 11:30am–2:30pm, 6–9:30pm
Tuesday 11:30am–2:30pm, 6–9:30pm
Wednesday 11:30am–2:30pm, 6–9:30pm
Thursday 11:30am–2:30pm, 6–9:30pm
Friday 11:30am–2:30pm, 6–9:30pm
Saturday 11:30am–2:30pm, 6–9:30pm
Tel: 211 9898
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/Ft73gj1ADLs
• Reservations available
• Serves Alcohol
• Highchairs Available
• Full Bar
• Grand Canton Restaurant
In the neighbourhood of Royal Street of Port Louis hides this authentic and familiar place, ideal to try one of the stars of Chinese cuisine (the real one): the hot-pot (food cooked in broths of different types and then greased in sauces). Here you can choose from a large variety of Chinese specialities such as (seafood, crab, chicken, vegetables, duck and more unusual treats like jellyfish salad). You will find all kinds of delicacies (seafood, homemade dim-sums, noodles, vegetables, mushrooms, meats …) that you will dip in a vicious chilli sauce. From the most authentic Chinese experiences that you can live in the capital, this one is amongst the very best, and you can eat really well for less than Rs 500 per person.
If you like restaurants with familiar and pleasant atmosphere and with good traditional Chinese food, then you cannot miss Grand Canton Restaurant located 47, Queen St, Port Louis. This restaurant is offering some of the best dishes of Chinese food in Port Louis since its opening in 2011. The menu is very wide and varied and the prices are affordable. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best restaurants to try Chinese food in the capital.
Sunday 11am–3pm, 6–9:30pm
Monday 11am–3pm, 6–9:30pm
Tuesday 11am–3pm, 6–9:30pm
Wednesday 11am–3pm, 6–9:30pm
Thursday 11am–3pm, 6–9:30pm
Friday 11am–3pm, 6–9:30pm
Saturday 11am–3pm, 6–9:30pm
Tel: 217 3715
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/mkWU3wVL1br
• Reservations available
• Serves Alcohol
• Late Night
• Full Bar
• La Bonne Marmite Restaurant
Opened in 1973, La Bonne Marmite is a pioneer in the heritage of multicultural cuisine. The restaurant is located 18 Sir William Newton Street, Port Louis, you just can’t miss it. This huge restaurant is divided into 4 dining places, the main dining room, the Regency Room, Le Petit Salon, and Rocking Boat Pub & Café should satisfy more than one. At La Bonne Marmite you will taste local dishes in a relaxed atmosphere where you can eat with everyone, family members, friends or colleagues. In weekends, the restaurant often comes alive with the hot rhythms of Sega. An address not to be missed if you are in the area.
Tel: +230 212 2403 – 212 4406 Fax: +230 210 3057
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/ACsUSwjY4i82
• Reservations available
• Serves Alcohol
• Vegetarian Friendly
• Full Bar
• Rozi Darbarr Restaurant
Want some exoticism and spice to match the heat of Port Louis? To travel through your taste buds and your palate we invite you to discover Rozi Darbarr Restaurant located 6, Leoville L’Homme Street. This restaurant serves fusion and Indian cuisine, but is contemporary and tasty. The setting invites you to escape and recalls the delightful flavours of Bharat. From tandoori shrimp to naan cheese, the fragrant cuisine will delight you. Subdued atmosphere and subtle flavours, ideal for a small dinner with your loved ones.
This restaurant is not expensive, but prices vary greatly between dishes (and prices on the menu are without VAT). For a good eat, you should assume from Rs 500 – 1000 per person. But don’t let this discourage you, good things have a price. On the menu, you will find authentic Indo-Pakistani dishes, generous and excellent to enjoy in a warm atmosphere. If you’ve never tried tandoor cooking (traditional charcoal-fired oven), this is the restaurant you need. Other international cuisines are also available if you want something less spicy, but even though, we encourage you try their naans, a pure delicacy.
Tel: 210 4732
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/PstGyoBd59s
• Le Courtyard Restaurant
Here is a restaurant that stands out amongst the hundreds of restaurants in Port Louis: Le Courtyard, a place where the best flavours of the world meet. The chef offers his guests delicious recipes, which he cooks with fresh produce. Even classics like Vindaye de Scampi
reinvent themselves. Located on Rue Chevreau, Saint Louis, this friendly and generous address is close to the famous Senator Club Casino of Port Louis. See Google Map location below.
Upon entering this beautifully and chic restaurant, you will definitely fall for the peaceful and original open-air charm, or mux with harmony, an astonishing bar, beautifully setup tables, all this in a flowery patio and where the sound of water gives the tempo to this very charming house. So certainly, with some menus discovered at prices ranging from Rs 1200 to Rs 2250, it costs a bit but the experience is guaranteed. Not only because it’s good, neat and the staff is extremely welcoming and competent, but also because with a little luck, the star chef in person Alankalee Mootoosamy will pass you a hello at the end of the meal. For special occasions!
The Courtyard has a beautiful room on the ground floor and several restorations on the first floor. Very comfortable lounges for business lunches are made available according to the expectations of the customers. For the other rooms they are decorated and arranged with taste, luminous with wish of the openings and balconies.
Tel: 210 0810
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/w4gT8ZGMaGA2
Wine and Beer
Accepts American Express, Mastercard, Visa
These are some of the most outstanding typical dishes to try in your favourite restaurants:
Neapolitan: Sweet formed by two dough biscuits that are filled with Chinese guava jam.
Roti: Pancake made from wheat flour. It can be found in different varieties.
Dhal Puri: Pancake made with lentil flour stuffed with a vegetable curry.
Gâteau-piment: Salty appetizer in the shape of a ring prepared with lentils and peppers.
Samosa: Salty entree with triangular shape filled with meat, seafood, cheese or vegetables omnipresent on the island, these snacks are part of the main food of locals. Mauritian samosas borrow from the traditional recipe while enriching it. This is the case for example samosas with potato, tuna or crab that you will have the pleasure to taste in most restaurants in Mauritius.
The octopus’s salad: For the more adventurous, culinary tourism is accompanied by daring tastings. Octopus is not a dish that most visitors are used to. But that does not stop them from succumbing to the delights of the octopus salad. A Mauritian specialty including “The Captain Restaurant” made his signature dish.
Rougaille: Dish made with different tomatoes from the islands that is known as “pommes d’amour” generously seasoned with onions, ginger, garlic, peppers and aromatic herbs, accompanied by meat or fish.
Vindaye: Marinated fish served with a sauce of vinegar, mustard, turmeric with garlic, onion, ginger and peppers. It is served cold and usually accompanied by rice.
Paratha: Handmade flour bread, filled with various vegetables, meats or fish, served with several sauces. It is something similar to crepes.
Mine frit: Dish best known for Chinese cuisine. They are sautéed noodles, which are cooked in a wok with soy sauce, meat and vegetables.
Biryani: With Indian influence and made with basmati rice with spices accompanied by meat or fish. It is always served with a cucumber salad.
Heart of palm salad: Also called salad of the millionaires, it is heart of palm served in salad or cooked on the grill, a typical recipe of traditional creole cuisine.
Tropical drinks: Among the local drinks of Mauritius you appreciate Alouda, a drink composed of sorbet and milk and ice. The Mauritian Alouda is a syrupy infusion of agar (gelatine of marine origin) and milk. You should also try tropical cocktails made with exotic fruits, and a soft coffee and perfumed, not forgetting local award-winning beer and rum.
Writing this made us really hungry: bon appetit!