Trou-aux-Biches is a small town located on the Coastal Road a few kilometers south from Grand Bay in the North of Mauritius.
There are always a lot of Italian restaurants in every country I think, but the actual ‘Italian’ is sometimes well hidden away, if you know what I mean. This week-end we tried out an Italian restaurant in Trou-aux-Biches: 1974, da Antonio e Giulia is a genuine Italian restaurant located on the Coastal Road of the small town. Antonio and Giulia are both Italian and in my book that is important when you come to Italian food. Antonio is in the kitchen and Giulia looking after the service side. There is a lovely and very comfortable terrace as well as inside sitting area.
They have a small ‘a la carte menu’ (something that I prefer, as opposed to too many things!) and some daily dishes as well, depending on arrivals of the day I supposed, specially for the fish. They are extremely flexible on the dishes and they will accommodate you the best they can. Just ask for their specials or for anything else you would want!
As a starter I had tuna sashimi (not very italian I know) but the tuna was so fresh it was a pleasure and you really didn’t need anything with it – Kiddos 1 who loves raw fish, had half of my dish. Hubby had tuna carpaccio – it was very nice – the sauce used had a bit of mashed avocado in it, it gave the vinaigrette a smooth touch that I really liked.
As a main dish I had vegetable stuffed calamari with grilled veg and homemade mashed potatoes and it was really tasty. The calamari was very tender and the sauce was spot on. My husband had spaghetti alla vongole – his favorite Italian dish. The taste was very good, loaded with seafood, even though the mussels were a bit small – but they might have been local which could explain that.
The kids both had pasta – they don’t have a kids menu as such, but as I said they are very accommodating and made us kids sizes at kids prices for their dishes.
We didn’t have desert, even if we went early, both kiddos were tired! Food was very good as a whole and service was great. By the time we left at 9pm the restaurant was full and the terrace is not very big, so you definitely need to book in advance. We had Italian expats (and regulars) on both sides from us – that is good sign as well.
Restaurant: 1974, Da Antonio e Giulia
Address: Coastal Road, Trou aux Biches
Tel: 265 7400
Price: Rs300 for a starter, Rs500-600 for a main. With a couple of glasses of wine, water and soft drinks for the kids we paid around Rs3000.-