One of the joys of traveling is eating the local food. This is especially true when visiting Mauritius and discovering the large selection of restaurants, cuisines and the delicacies of Mauritius.
If it is your first visit to Mauritius, it is a little bit difficult to find a restaurant to your taste as it is in any new place.
So how can you get information about restaurants in Mauritius? What are the criteria you should follow in order to know if a restaurant is a good one?
To know for sure it is hard, and basically requires some research while basing your decision on reviews and recommendations about the restaurant.
If the restaurant does not look clean, than the kitchen is probably not clean and you should definitely not eat there.
If you don't smell the scent of food in the air, it probably means either they have excellent ventilation or in some cases you are going to be served with leftovers or with food that is not fresh. Follow your senses.
If the restaurant is empty you should ask whether it is empty because it is very expensive or because the food is not good. If people inside only drink and do not eat anything, than maybe the food is not a good.
Following these simple criteria will increase your chances of finding a good restaurant.
A restaurant that looks nice on the outside may be misleading. In Mauritius you better do not rely only on the exterior or the decoration of the restaurant, it will sometimes not reflect the level of the food and service. You can have a wonderful surprise or you can end up having a bad meal. Before making your decision also consider the other criteria mention in this article.
One can obtain a lot of information at the tourist offices; however you will often get the best advice from the locals you meet. Ask some locals for their recommendations for the best places to eat. With that, keep in mind that they may recommend you on local places to dine out, rather then on restaurants offering international and more upscale food.
You can also try and have a good look on the streets at lunch time or dinner time – just observe and see where the locals are heading for their lunch and dinner.
One of the best criteria is to choose a popular restaurant. Most likely a popular restaurant means that the food is good and for sure more fresh as it requires daily supply. Of course this is not certain because a restaurant could be popular due to its location (this is usually relevant in Port Louis, Grand Baie, Pereybere and Flic en Flac and near the biggest tourist attractions), or if the restaurant is very cheap focusing on low prices rather than on quality. Choosing a restaurant due to the popularity is one of the best criteria, however it must not be the only one!
If you see on the menu an unfamiliar dish that you have never heard of before, or you want some information about any food served, just ask the waiter about it. The Mauritian waiters are known for their good service and they are always willing to explain what are the main ingredients of the dishes and how they are prepared.
In Mauritius and Rodrigues no one minds children howling through the meal, and you will often find that the parents just raise their voices accordingly to be heard over their kids.
So enjoy, and bon appetit :-)
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