While most people travel to Mauritius for white beaches, turquoise warm sea, diving, snorkelling and affordable resorts, the island has a lot to offer as a gastro-tourism destination. Mauritius has a rich and diverse food culture that has absorbed influences from three continents. Indian, Chinese, French and African elements have made their way into the island’s dishes, along with delicious local ingredients, to form a unique (and delicious) cuisine.
On your next trip to Mauritius, leave the confines of your resort and go in search of the island’s food culture by eating snacks from streetside stands, exploring food markets, eating at non-touristy restaurants and meeting up with local chefs and doing cooking lessons.
Look out for my full story on Mauritian food with beautiful photos from Russell Smith, in the February 2013 issue of Getaway Magazine.
For a tiny island, Mauritius has an incredible diversity of dishes – from roadside dholl puris (vegetable curry wrapped in flat bread with chutney) and pineapples eaten on the beach to dim sum and Creole curry, it’s gourmet heaven. Find out which dishes you shouldn’t miss on your next trip to the Indian Ocean island.
The best way of getting into Mauritian food culture is by visiting one of the island’s bustling, vibrant food markets. Here’s a list of Mauritius’ best food markets.
From Creole, Chinese to seafood, here’s my pick of the best restaurants in Mauritius.
Get a taste for Mauritian cuisine from your kitchen at home with these easy recipes.
For some visual food inspiration, check out my blog: A foodie exploration of Mauritius in photos
Photos by Russell Smith www.russellsmith.co.za