La Citronelle – La Vallee Des Couleurs, MauritiusHALAL STATUS Ham on menu, otherwise Halal • Alcohol served
This place is a natural wonder, with breathtaking scenery of rolling hills, panoramic mountains, cascading waterfalls, and, of course, La Citronelle restaurant, which serves “authentic Mauritian fusion cuisine”.
The venue is large and spacious, with plenty of dark wooden beams overhead, and comfortable seating for around 100 guests.
With Head Chef Ganessen serving three types of cuisine – Mauritian, Italian and Indian – there’s plenty of options available for everyone.
Be sure to check out our video below for extensive coverage of not just said restaurant, but also a brief history of the valley range, coloured hills, the 3rd longest zip line in the world, and the longest suspended bridge in the Indian Ocean region.
Freshly baked French bread was served with butter which had entirely melted in the tropical heat.
Having said that though, this complementary bread was so good that we couldn’t help but cheekily request another helping.
This was a deer, or more specifically, elk stir-fry, with the meat turning out tough and chewy.
In terms of its size, however, it was huge, and accompanied with plenty of nicely cooked fluffy rice. Nevertheless, while the sweet-chilli sauce required said rice to temper the sweetness, overall, this was decent without being anything spectacular.
Although the vegetables in this dish were small and quite underwhelming, the same wasn’t true of those crustaceans.
While still managing to retain that tender springiness of perfectly cooked prawn, these were so juicy and succulent that we could have had a dozen more and still asked for more.
In fact, we wouldn’t hesitate in using the cliche that these are, honestly speaking, worth travelling for!
Chef Ganessen also persuaded us to give his homemade lemon pickle a go, insisting that they were worth it.
As seasoned pickle-munchers, we can confirm that this was a really good one.
The strips of lemon here, while not being overly sour, were enhanced in flavour by the lightly spiced pickle.
From the kids menu we ordered chicken and chips. A simple dish done really well, with the quality of the poultry, coated as it was in a light and crispy batter, being obvious. There’s simply no substitute for organic chicken is there?
This pineapple and ice cream dessert was a real treat. Again, simply done, with soft, caramelised cinnamon-infused pineapple, cardamom and lots of sweet hot syrup.
And though the scoop of vanilla ice cream added a cold contrast, perhaps an extra element might be considered for textural contrast.
A relatively light chocolate moose which was satisfying enough, being neither milky nor overly dark in taste.
And after a good meal, we’d recommend heading back outdoors to admire more of that lush greenery and psychedelic hills.
- YES/ YES
- DISABLED FACILITIES
- CHILD SEATING
- FREE WI-FI
But if you do, then the only real place to dine at, is the atmospheric La Citronelle restaurant, whose dedicated chef has expended quite some effort in creating a varied menu.
Revolving around a trio of cuisines - namely Indian, Mauritian and Italian - there's certainly enough available to keep things interesting, with plenty of fish dishes to enjoy.
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