We settled in at our lovely hotel and decided it was lunch time. Everyone from Mauritius loves the food from the sister island. These 2 islands are just 200km and yet the food is quite different. In Mauritius we have a bigger Indian influence – so we have more curries for example.
We found this awesome small restaurant on a little hill, hidden in the middle of sugar cane fields and papaya trees. We did think we were lost at first, but suddenly we saw a little sign. The chef is a bit of a character but he can cook.
Chez Ti Fred: no luxury here, but certainly generous and good food! The chef makes a few daily dishes and has a couple of others à la carte. And that’s it. Seriously, such a feast.
The à la carte dish we tried were freshwater prawns with heart of palm. Then we had pot roast chicken, beef with carrots and the chef also gave us his fish curry to taste. This was of course served with the traditional rice and ‘grains’ on the side, and his homemade chilli paste.
Kiddos 2 thought his little snake ‘Nilesh’ would look good on the picture! And yes we were only us: 2 adults and 2 kids to eat all this. No wonder I put on weight while we were there!! But with limited time well we had certain obligations if we wanted to try it all.
As desert – and no, I wasn’t hungry and really, I didn’t have space for it – but the chef convinced us to try his sweet breadfruit. It is was very nice actually, with honey and vanilla. Some of the dishes he cooks in the open fireplace in the restaurant – this is one of them.
It was just an amazing lunch! Each dish was €15 (with rice and dhal) – the a la carte dish was €20, the wine was €4. It’s not exactly cheap, but it was worth it!
Later in the afternoon the sun started to come out and I thought it would be a good idea to walk some of the food off, and make space for dinner (yes, more food!!). So I went down the little trail from our hotel to the beach.
In Mauritius the beaches are all about sand and turquoise lagoons. In Reunion Island, the beaches are more about rocks, currents and waves. It is still very beautiful, just wilder. There is nearly no coral reef around Reunion Island so the waves come crashing in.
Very nice place, where locals gather for jogging and picnics. There is a small area where bathing is allowed otherwise it is a no-no, the currents are strong and as all other beaches in the south of the island sharks are know to be out there.
I arrived back up just in time to see the sun set. A beautiful sight.
Next time I’ll take you up the mountains to see some beautiful waterfalls.