Nine years ago I spent a week in Mauritius for a work junket, and it was a fantastic holiday. I was amazed by the complex culture, with its French, English, Indian and African influences, and the food, including lots of fresh local seafood. Once I saw La Case Creole Delicatessen on SBS’s Food Safari, I had to visit, though it’s taken me a while to make it happen. I’m glad I did, because the food is wonderful.
I was keen to try some of their Mauritian dishes (standard breakfast and brunch cafe food is also on the menu). Below is the the vindaye de poisson (fish curry – recipe) with roti, and beneath that is the Mauritian tasting platter featuring dhol puri (soft pancakes made with yellow split peas), which you use to scoop up (from left) a mild potato curry, achard (pickled vegetables) and rougaille (a spicy tomato based sauce).
Mauritius is far far away (about 8 hours west of Perth). If you can’t get there, Kensington may be more accessible, as La Case Creole Delicatessen is near the train station. Once you’ve eaten there, you’ll think that a 12 hour flight from Melbourne would be worth it to try more Mauritian food.