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Mauritius’ best new restaurants to try for your 2023 bucket list


We’ve got the lowdown on all the best new restaurants in Mauritius to try in 2023.  From an ephemeral concept with the famous chef Cyril Lignac, to a new bistrot combined with an art gallery, or the artistic second branch of a food and travel blogger, these are the hottest new tables you don’t wanna miss out on. So go ahead and work your way through the list!
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Best new restaurants to try in 2023 in Mauritius


1. Ischia (North, $$$)

 Ischia is on the top of the list because you only have till end of March to try this exceptional ephemeral concept. The restaurant is a 6-month collaboration started on 27 October 2022 between the famous French chef Cyril Lignac and the Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury’s Italian Trattoria, La Brezza. Cyril Lignac has become a media figure after participating to many culinary shows in France, including “Le Meilleur Pâtissier”, the French version of The Great British Bake Off. 

“Chef Cyril Lignac will offer a personal, contemporary interpretation of Italian cuisine, showcasing the best of what that country has to offer. A reinterpretation of the Pizzette with cooked ham, mushrooms, wasabi and pecorino; Vitello Tonnato with capers and sundried tomatoes; Anolini al limone with sage butter and ricotta; and Piedmont hazelnut ice cream and gianduja sauce, among others. The French chef has also created some exclusive dishes infused with Mauritian flavours, such as: Linguine with lobster; Bourgeois cooked with olive oil and lemon, Victoria pineapple and red peppers; and a Sorbet with local lemon and grapefruit confit. Ischia Maurice pays tribute to the mythical island in the Gulf of Napoli, an opportunity to discover a cuisine that is universal, stimulates the senses and is above all, distinctive.” (The Beachcomber)
Ischia, Royal Palm Beachcomber, Royal Road Grand Baie 30512, Mauritius. A la Carte 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Closed on Thursdays. Reservations: (+230) 209-8300.



2. Le 5 Terre Restaurant et Pinsa (North, $$)

Go on a culinary trip to 5 Terre, in Italy, with this new familial restaurant in Grand Baie which opened last October. Their speciality is the Pinsa Pizza, which translates to “push the dough by the hands”. The base of a Pinsa Pizza is made using a different method to your usual pizza. Pinsa is described as ‘a cloud-like Pizza’ that has crispy textures on the outside and a super soft and scrumptious inside. The light, airy crusts and bubbly Pinsa Romana base contribute to a terrifically tasty pizza that all pizza lovers MUST try!  Keep some space for desert and try their Italian classics : Tiramisu, Siciliani Cannoli (tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough filled with a sweet, creamy filling containing ricotta) or a slice of their Crostata Marmelatta, a red fruit jam tart.  Every week, they have a new desert or dish to offer.  The restaurant also hosts a second-hand boutique, Les Pepites de Lola, so you might also find some preloved treasures while you’re there. 
Le 5 Terre Restaurant et Pinsa, Chemin 20 pieds, Grand Baie, Mauritius. Open only for dinners on weekdays and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Menu available here. Vegetarian-friendly! Reservations: +230 5505 9179. 
Salted tart with spinach and ricotta
La Pinsa

3. Le Dodo LoCO (North, $$)

Opened last july, this restaurant is located in a beautiful tropical garden in the heart of Grand Baie.  You’ll find here a mostly French cuisine made with the freshest local products and nicely presented.  Seafood, fish and beef tartares or carpaccios are their specialities. Tartare is a speciality that is made from fresh raw minced fish or beef, and carpaccios is usually made from thin slices of beef.  They also offer the traditional French cuisine dishes such as charcuterie and cheese platters or roasted camembert. Don’t miss on their deserts with the French crème brulée cardamon and saffron or everyone’s favorite soft chocolate cake with coconut ice cream.
Le Dodo LoCo, rue du Bazar, Grand Baie. Open for lunch from Monday to Saturday and for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays. Menu available here. Mostly non-vegetarian but they have 3 vegetarian dishes which look great. Reservations: 59406407
Le Dodo Loco
Le Dodo Loco

4. Le Bistrot du Marché (Center, $$)

Le Bistrot du Marché, opened in December 2021, is set in a unique location: an art gallery in Curepipe. Here, you’ll taste a creative Mauritian-French cuisine prepared by a young and enthusiastic team surrounded by beautiful art pieces. Their chef Thierry will seduce your taste buds with traditional Mauritian and French recipes made with local products, while their pastry chef Grace will complete your meal with delicate sweets. Their menu offers a large choice of salads, pasta, seafood dishes, burgers, cooked and grilled meat dishes, and deserts, including flavoured popsicles to travel back to your childhood.  They also offer a reasonable choice of vegetarian dishes and a large variety of snacks and creative Gadjaks (mauritian street food tapas).

Le Bistrot du marché, S’MALL & CHIC, Bâtiment de l’antiquaire, angle de rue Emile Sauzier et Sir Virgile Naz Curepipe, Curepipe. 
Menu available here.  Vegetarian-friendly. Reservations: 489 1500.

5. N'Joy (North, $$$)

Located on the beach La Cuvette, N’Joy is a new concept that mixes a gastronomic cuisine, tapas to share, original cocktails and live music for a convivial atmosphere. This super chic spot is especially famous for turning into one of the most trendy places to be on weekend nights in Grand Baie, with exceptional live music and good vibes. Its ambition is also to be a platform for local and regional artists to get discovered. Recipes are a fusion between international cuisine with a mauritian twist. Vegetarians are not forgotten with a few creative options.  

N’Joy, La Cuvette Beach, Grand Baie, Mauritius. Menu available here.  Vegetarian-friendly. Reservations: 55008601.

6. Le Poivrier La Plage (North/East, $$) & Le Poivrier Le Catamaran (North, $$$)

The well-known brand Le Poivrier, famous for its restaurant in Grand-Baie has recently opened two new gourmet addresses, one in the heart of the seaside resort Azuri Ocean & Golf Village, on Azuri beach, and another one on a catamaran.   Its cuisine offers your taste buds a journey to the Mediterranean. The menu is typical of southern Europe with local seasonal products, with for example Tuna Tartare, Bruschettas, Risottos etc. The catamaran experience is a luxury experience. You’ll have to select a menu (Rs 6500 to 12000) and a drinks pack, which you’ll be served while watching the sunset, listening to live music and enjoying a firework at the end of the night. 

Le Poivrier La Plage, A Azuri Ocean & Golf Village. Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 11pm. Reservations: 5824 2062
Le Poivrier Le Catamran, Sunset Boulevard. Wednesday to Sunday. Departure from Sunset Boulevard at 6pm. Menu available here. Not vegeterian friendly. Reservations: 5824 2080
Le Poivrier La Plage
Le Poivrier La Plage

7. Bali Lane by Lexia (Center & West, $$)

Lexia, a young, creative and prolific blogger and entrepreneur is opening a new restaurant and lifestyle boutique on the second floor of Coeur Cap Tamarin (Super U). With 3 principles conducting her life so far: “Dare the dream, Create your own reality, and Create your own destiny”, she’s truly an inspiration.  Despite her young age, she’s already the owner of a cake and wedding designer business, organizes cakes coaching, wrote a few cooking e-books and launched a successful artistic cafe concept with a beauty salon in Bagatelle Mall.  Her menu is inspired by her many travels around the world and reflects also her asian roots :  Taiwanese dumplings, Balinese satay and laksa, Salmon sashimis, Korean rice balls, Japanese ramen, Thai curries… For this new location in Tamarin opened this summer, she wanted to offer a fusion and healthy cuisine.  

Bali Lane by Lexia. 42 Market Street, Bagatelle Mall, and Coeur Cap Tamarin (next to Super U). Menu available hereVegetarian and vegan-friendly. Reservations: 5811 9856.
Bali Cravings by Lexia
Bali Cravings by Lexia

8. Ocean Basket (North & Center, $$)

Seafood lovers, rejoice! The popular south african restaurant chain Ocean Basket (189 stores in 11 countries) has just opened a new location at Port Louis Waterfront. This is the 4th branch in Mauritius of Ocean Basket, also known as “Mediterranean Home of Seafood” after one in Bagatelle, Phoenix and Grand-Baie La Croisette. The new restaurant has its own Sushi Bar Concept. While seafood is definitely the star of the restaurant, with generous portions of prawns, calamari, fish  and many mouth-wathering platters to share at reasonable price, the vegetarians are not forgotten with Veg Mezze Platter, V-Edgy Feast or a vegetable paella! 

Ocean Basket, new location at Port Louis Caudan Waterfront. Menu available here.  Vegetarian-friendly. Reservations: 214 4488.
Ocean Basket Mauritius
Ocean Basket Mauritius, Port Louis Caudan Waterfront

Let us know if you think of one restaurant which should be on the list !

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  1. You’re missing Salt&Lemon Restaurant in Flic en Flac. They have Sega Show on Mondays with mauritian buffet but their a la carte is also amazing!

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