Mauritius — Food and Restaurants
While not a huge party destination, there are plenty of options for an enjoyable night out in Mauritius in the Grand Bay and Flic-en-Flac areas, and good restaurants can be found all over the island. Mauritian cuisine is a blend of French, Indian, Chinese, and African influences, with French and Indian being the most dominant. French dishes such as coq au vin and Indian curries are very popular. Seafood features heavily on menus with lobster a notable specialty. The French influence means that a variety of wine is usually available, but visitors may also wish to sample the locally made rums. Most of the luxury resorts have at least one fine dining restaurant, but at the more casual end of the spectrum, Indian street foods such as roti make for a popular snack.
Bars and Pubbing in Mauritius
While Mauritius is not particularly well known for all night dance parties, it does have plenty of bars and clubs where visitors can relax, unwind and have a good time after dark. Grand Bay and Flic-en-Flac are the two main centers of nightlife on Mauritius, particularly Royal Road (also known as Coastal Road) which runs between them. At Grand Bay, The well known Banana Beach Club (Royal Road, Grand Bay) has been operating for over 25 years, serving a wide variety of drinks and hosting live bands on Friday and Saturday nights until 2:00 or 3:00 a.m.
The Buddha Bar (Royal Road) is another popular venue with three dance floors packed with well dressed revelers on Friday and Saturday nights. On the same strip, but a bit further down, Julie’s Club (Royal Road, Perybere) is a popular expat hang out, offering a range of cocktails, rum and beer and a variety of entertainment from weekly DJs to karaoke, rock, jazz, and blues bands.
Over in Flic-en-Flac, there are as many bars and clubs to choose from, including The Summer Beach Club (Royal Road, Flic-en-Flac) and Shout (Oasis Leisure Complex, Royal Road, Flic en Flac) which is known for its foam parties. For gamblers and high rollers, Mauritius also has a number of casinos, including the basement Flic en Flac Casino (Pasadena Building, Flic en Flac) or the pirate ship themed Le Caudan Water Front Casino (Caudan Waterfront, Port-Louis) which has two floors of games and bars.
Dining and Cuisine in Mauritius
Mauritius has a lot of delicious food with the greatest concentration in Grand Bay. For fine dining, try La Toque Blanche (Racket Road, 30 meters from Grand Bay Bazaar, Grand Bay), which specializes in lobster and serves up all kinds of Mediterranean and Creole dishes in a simple white dining room. Restaurant La Plancha (Dodo Square, Royal Road, Grand Bay) is another popular choice, offering Mauritian BBQ and Creole dishes served in a tropical courtyard.
Up the road in Flic-en-Flac, the Mauritian and Indian dishes of chic and modern Hippocampe (Kalimaye road, Flic En Flac) are popular with diners. Alternatively, Tides Restaurant (Wolmar, Sugar Beach Hotel, Flic En Flac) offers international food from burgers to seared tuna in a classy beachside location.
Further afield, Rasoi by Vineet (Le Saint Geran, Pointe de Flacq, Belle Mare) is a resort restaurant featuring Indian dishes created by Michelin-star chef, Vineet Bhatia. Situated between St Louis and Grand Bay, the well known Le Fangourin Restaurant (Beau Plan, L’Aventure du Sucre, Pamplemousses) serves authentic Mauritian cuisine in a tranquil verandah with garden, pool and mountain views.