HAVING established that the street food and local eateries are strictly reserved for the audacious (or foolhardy), the island’s resorts are the safest and tastiest avenue of gastronomic exploration.
La Pirogue: Should seafood be your favoured flavour, indulge in a late afternoon lunch comprising a starter of seared yellow fin tuna with papaya, avocado and fresh palmheart seaweed pearls, followed by a crumble-in-your-mouth main course of baked baby snapper, stuffed with ratatouille and freckled with passion fruit butter sauce.
Sugar Beach: No meal is complete without a sprinkling of sugar to tickle your sweet tooth. Take a short stroll across the manicured lawns to La Pirogue’s swankier sister (which has a distinct Sun City in its Sol Kerzner heyday feel about it), where a decadent degustation of desserts awaits.
Le Touessrok: Renowned worldwide, its soft sand beach and beautiful wooden thatched suites are spectacular to behold. Pull up a chair at the Sega Bar on a rainy afternoon, where you can idly sip away at basil leaf cocktails or, if it’s a smattering of spice rather than herb you’re after, a delicious prawn curry at Barlen’s will send your taste buds into a state of bliss.
Ambre: While it may not enjoy the same reputation among the super rich as some of its counterparts, our dining experience at the resort’s Dolce Vita restaurant was undoubtedly the crown jewel of our diverse Mauritian menus.
From the Australian carpaccio marinated with olive oil and fresh basil, to the potato gnocchi showered with crab meat and tomato sauce, to the chicken stuffed with pine nuts, pesto, grilled veggies and thyme – the whole experience was simply sensational!