Best restaurants in Mauritius, Réunion & Seychelles

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mahé

    La Grande Maison

    At Takamaka Bay, La Grande Maison is the home kitchen of Christelle Verheyden, arguably the country's most talented chef. The atmosphere, in a restored and airy colonial home, is a fine backdrop for Verheyden's exquisite tastes built around the best local (often organic) ingredients and fine-dining sensibility. Verheyden is also a sommelier: the wines are as excellent as the cooking. The menu changes almost daily but Verheyden wouldn't dare change favourites such as Creole bouillabaisse, pork rum and raisin, or seafood au coco (where the seafood is served in a coconut). Lunch is a more casual affair, with perfectly conceived tapas. The terrace at the back opens onto a tropical garden, there's live music from 8pm on some evenings. We'd eat here every day if we could.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mauritius

    Le Café des Arts

    This intriguing dining option is located within an old mill that has been transformed into Victoria 1840, an oddly charming gallery space, with canvases of wicked brushstrokes adorning the cracked brick walls. The food, an exquisite, modern nod to traditional island flavours, mirrors the old-meets-new surrounds. Lunch can be reserved for groups with 24 hours' notice. You'll also receive tapas-like snacks with the pre- and after-meal aperitifs, with a CD of music thrown in.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chamarel

    Restaurant Le Barbizon

    Barbizon may not look like much, but it's a fabulous place. Marie-Ange helms the kitchen, whipping up traditional Mauritian flavours from her family's cookbook, while Rico L'Intelligent (what a name!) entertains at the tables. He doesn't give you a menu. Instead, he offers a feast of rum punch, rice, five vegetables, and fish or chicken. This is the best Rs 450 you'll spend on the island.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Port Louis

    Lambic

    Set in a refurbished colonial home in the heart of the capital's chaos, Lambic is a beer buff's paradise, with dozens upon dozens of local and imported beers, including a particularly rich selection from Belgium and the local craft beer. The food has some unusual local dishes such as roasted wild boar from the Vallée de Ferney. Waiters are well versed in the high art of matching platters to pints (yes, that's right – you match your meal to your beer here). And if the dark-wood bar, antique timber beams and fanned napkins don't win you over, then you'll surely be impressed by the glass-faced pantries covering the interior walls – they reveal hundreds of alcoholic imports.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Grand Baie

    Domaine

    'Domaine' is the answer every local offers when travellers ask where to go to savour some Mauritian home cookin'. The best dishes are those starred on the menu as local specialities – offerings such as ourite safrané (octopus cooked in ginger, garlic and turmeric) and chilli lamb. It can be hard to find and you'll need a private vehicle or taxi. Take the M2 towards Port Louis, then turn left off the motorway at the first roundabout and follow the signs to The Vale. Once in the village, look for the 'Snack Mustapha' sign where the main road doglegs left – turn hard right and then take the second paved road on the left, around 250m down the hill.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in La Digue

    Le Domaine's Combava

    Surrounded by water features and ocean views, this elegant open-air restaurant within Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie Resort & Spa offers fine dining, a cool setting and attentive service. It's particularly atmospheric in the evening. Lunch dishes range from succulent ceviche and Thai curries to pizza and burgers, while dinner serves up perfectly prepared seafood and meat dishes with both Creole and international flavours. If nothing else, come for the suave desserts – the pistachio and chocolate 'Norwegian Omelette' (aka baked Alaska) flamed in Takamaka rum is worth every calorie.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Grand Baie

    Boulette Ti Kouloir

    Off Royal Rd, this is one of Grand Baie's best places for street food. As the name suggests, this microscopic place really is just a ti couloir (li'l hallway), where Yvonne and friends cook up boulettes (small steamed dumplings) and piled-high bowls of fried noodles to lines of locals. For the boulettes, choose among chicken, pork, fish, calamari and lamb. To get here from the coast road, follow the low-slung billboard for La Rougaille Créole, pass the car park for the Sunset Boulevard shopping centre, then turn right – it's around 50m further along on the right, next to La Rougaille Créole.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in La Digue

    Le Nautique

    Small, but perfectly formed, the elevated deck of this open-air dining room overlooks the ocean and provides a romantic setting for a dinner that won't disappoint. The red snapper fillet topped with a banana sauce (its signature dish) bursts with sweet flavours, as does the 'Trio of Fish' (tuna, jobfish and red snapper) with candied orange. Reservations are a must. Lunch is more casual, though no less tasty. Tuck into jobfish croquettes, a ploughman's salad, nachos, Creole fish tacos and more. For a cool caffeine hit, its iced coffee smoothie can't be beat. The poolside bar is great for sundowners.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mauritius

    La Maison d'Été

    The restaurant at La Maison d'Été is run like a stand-alone establishment, serving an enticing assortment of Mauritian and fusion food of the highest quality. The inn's owner often moonlights as the chef and takes special care when preparing locally sourced dishes matched with international wines. There's also a Mauritian Sunday lunch buffet that's a local institution. À la carte dishes include the intriguing jackfruit curry with rice and tomato chutney or octopus vindaloo with lentil fricassee. Ring for a reservation if you're not staying here.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Victoria

    Marie-Antoinette

    Marie-Antoinette isn't just a restaurant, it's an experience, especially at dinner. It occupies a beautiful, wood-and-iron colonial Seychellois mansion. Bring an empty stomach – the menu (set menu of the day) includes battered parrotfish and aubergine fritters, grilled fish, tuna steak, chicken curry, fish stew, rice and salad, and hasn't changed since the 1970s. It's off the road to Beau Vallon. Legend has it that Henry Morton Stanley stayed here in the 1870s on his return journey from Africa, where he found Dr Livingstone; the house was once known as Livingstone's Cottage.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The East

    Les Letchis

    Les Letchis has a fantastic location in a luxuriant garden by the Rivière des Marsouins. The menu is an ode to Creole classics and 'riverfood'; standouts include carri bichiques and braised duck. If you want to explore new culinary territories, try rougail chevaquines (a curry made from small freshwater prawns) or carri anguilles (eel curry). Reservations are advised. It also has a trendy annexe called La Plantation River Beach, which specialises in light meals and cocktails and is open Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday all day.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Praslin

    Café des Arts

    Praslin's most stylish restaurant is in the Le Duc de Praslin hotel. Flickering candles, colourful paintings, swaying palms, a breezy terrace and the sound of waves washing the beach will rekindle even the faintest romantic flame. The food is refined; flavourful Seychellois favourites are whipped into eye-pleasing concoctions such as red-snapper fillet in passionfruit sauce or marinated chicken with tropical fruits. It's more casual at lunchtime, with wraps, sandwiches and pasta. The complex also shelters a reputable art gallery.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cap Malheureux

    Amigo

    Everyone adores this friendly joint tucked behind Cape Malheureux township near the sugar cane farms. The writing's on the wall (literally): contented customers have left myriad messages of love and affection on every flat surface in the restaurant. The tables, however, are graffiti-free – they're reserved for the excellent seafood specialities. Side note: the letters in the restaurant's name are the first initials of the owner (sadly now deceased) and his four sons. Ironically, the owner didn't speak a lick of Spanish. Delivery available.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mahé

    Del Place

    This delightful spot weds cafe-cool to excellent cooking. The centrepiece is local seafood: octopus straight from the lagoon, baked red snapper in banana leaf, seafood platters and Creole curries, including the rarely seen crab curry. Throw in great salads (such as palm heart), local tapas, cool cocktails and beautiful beach views and it adds up to our favourite west-coast venue. Food can take an age to emerge from the kitchen when things are busy – all the more time to enjoy the view, but not ideal if you're in a hurry.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mauritius

    Pyramid Snack

    This hero of the street-food scene is beside the petrol station just across from the market. Delicious biryani (rice cooked in a steel pot with various eastern spices and meat or fish) and 'kebabs' (salad, meat and sauce in a baguette) seem to emerge from the kitchen in factory proportions as fishers and hawkers queue for a midday meal. Whether eating in or taking away, order at the small counter on the right as you enter. Kebabs come with or without chilli and are spectacularly good whichever way you have them.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mauritius

    La Clef des Champs

    If you're in the Floréal area, we highly recommend seeking out the table d'hôte – and pet project – of Jacqueline Dalais, chef to the stars. Known for her impressive library of self-created recipes, Jacqueline has earned quite the reputation locally for her unparalleled cuisine. Dishes served in her quaint dining room lean towards Provençal flavours; the presentation is exquisite. Jacqueline is regularly called upon to cater government functions, especially when foreign dignitaries are in town.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Flic en Flac

    Canne à Sucre

    Now here's something special: an authentic slice of Mauritian life in the midst of touristy Flic en Flac. May has converted her roadside bar-restaurant into a cosy space that captures the essence of coastal Mauritius. She offers multicourse Creole dinner feasts – rice, chicken, octopus, Creole sausages and 'some vegetables you've never heard of' – with dessert and rum thrown in. You'll need to order the day before you plan to visit, but don't let that put you off and don't miss it.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Les Hautes Plaines & the Volcano

    Le QG

    Two Senegalese brothers (Abdou and Cher) run this well-known venture with a snug dining room. The eclectic menu features exquisitely cooked rougail zandouille (chitterlings stew Creole-style) and grilled meats as well as poulet yassa (grilled chicken marinated in a thick onion and lemon sauce: a Senegalese speciality). A winning formula. Oh, and it's the only place for miles around that offers some entertainment (eg karaoke) on Friday evening. Book ahead on weekends.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The North

    Chez Tante Athalie

    The best-known table d'hôte in the area, open-sided Chez Tante Athalie offers fresh, simple, wonderful Creole tastes overlooking a garden filled with vintage cars. There's an oasis-like feel to the place. From the entrance to the botanical gardens, follow the signs around 500m to the T-junction, turn left and then watch for a signposted driveway 2km further on your left. It opened in November 2003, and that it has survived this long owes everything to quality.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The North

    Chez Meung

    Join the queue and watch a master reap the whirlwind. Every lunchtime, Meung cooks and serves up some of the simplest and best Chinese food on the island. You put your own meal together by pointing to the pots you wish to try – boiled or fried noodles, beef, boulettes (small steamed dumplings in a variety of flavours) or soup. Costs rarely jump above Rs 100 for a filling meal and the small shopfront is just across the road from the beach, ideal for takeaway.