Advice for Mauritius?
Hi, I'm spending about 5 days around Christmas-time in Mauritius, and I'm staying at the Grand Mauritian. Based on what I've read, the best thing to do is to NOT eat at the hotel and explore. So, I'm open to ideas--both on the high-end, but also great local stuff. I'm a value person--not afraid to pay high prices for a life-altering experience, but am "offended" shelling out serious $ money for mediocre food.
Thanks in advance,
Mauritius is definitely a culinary experience: we had an absolutely lovely meal at Le Pescatore just outside of Trou aux Biches. The decor, the amuse-bouches, the desserts were fantastic. Do try it if you get a chance (remember that you need a reservation; we needed one even for lunch).
Grand Baie has a plethora of good restaurants: we picked a random Chinese place that offered the freshest Chinese food I have ever had. Le Capitaine also in Grand Baie is very good, too. In general, the seafood and salads were spectacular - fresh and well-prepared; I would stay away from dishes that involve other type of meat or cheese (they are mostly imported) and by comparison, they were just average.
There is also a lot of mediocre and over-priced food; it's good to do some research beforehand. The hotel food was a good example: the menu was primarily catered to their guests and involved some variation of schnitzels, fish swimming in butter or pasta. Let me know if I can help with anything else. An do report back! (Not that we're going to go back any time soon :)