Yesterday we went for a little drive and ended up in Grand Bay. When we lived there I used to go to the fish market all the time. Now this is not a big market, but the place where the fisher men come in after their day’s work and sell their catch.
The little market is located just in the center of the town, by the beach. Many restaurants, even smaller hotels, come and by from these guys so it goes very fast. They usually come around 3:30-4:30pm depending a bit on how much they caught.
Yesterday there was plentiful! The price varies and depends on many things – first on what fish you buy obviously. But also if you are a tourist or a local. Even me, even though they know I have a Mauritian husband they always try their luck and see if they can get $1 or 2 more per kilo. Our favourite is the local Garoupa – it is called ‘vieille rouge’ or ‘the old red’. The meat is firm, but not too hard and the taste is just amazing. You can also get parrot fish. These are the guys you can thank that we have beaches: they eat coral and poop sand out. They are great for homemade fish balls. Kids like this because it is just so soft to eat, it melts in your mouth nearly.
Yesterday’s selling price for a pound ‘vieille rouge’ was Rs225-250 (USD6.50). We either just steam with scallions and ginger or fillet the fish and pan fry. They also get octopus, squid, tuna, hogfish.
They gut them and clean them for you as well.
A part from the fish market there are some really nice stalls with Mauritian street food.
The little beach of Grand Bay is very popular with the locals, not so with tourists – I guess it’s because there are so many boats mooring. We like to come and have a snack and just enjoy sitting on the beach. Many tourist come to walk though, buy a coconut or have lunch.
I always liked take pictures in this little bay – it is just so pretty and for sunset I just love the light that comes in.
If you like visiting markets while you are on holidays, don’t forget to visit the Bazar in Port Louis. Read about my visit to the Central Market.