Ocean One – Azuri Beach, MauritiusHALAL STATUS Halal-friendly • Alcohol & pork served
The menu offers a fantastic array of food items that revolve around burgers, steaks, pizzas and pasta, along with a combination of Mediterranean and some local Mauritian dishes.
Of course, with the ocean only a stone’s throw away, it’s the seafood section that’s unsurprisingly their most popular.
What’s more, this eatery is beautifully decked out too, with a relaxed, laid back atmosphere, along with plenty of airy space and fresh ocean air, making this the perfect spot for those seeking after a beach chic dine.
And yes, given that this is Mauritius, the menu, aside from the pork, is entirely Halal.
Ocean One also offers a set menu, which changes regularly, that might be of interest to some.
These smartly presented complimentary starters were wonderful. The crusty rolls, quirkly presented in a bucket, had that distinctly heady aroma of freshly made bread, and went well with the trio of dips (not sauces) – olive, chilli, and hummus.
What to say of these utterly abysmal mocktails?! It was like the “mixologist” just threw whatever was available together, provided it resembled something like a mojito and a pina colada.
Suffice it to say that in place of that well known mojito lime kick, apple juice was used, while the colada was missing the pina!
The tomato pasta was a makeshift dish; and it was what it was, though the tomatoes used in this case were full of flavour and very tasty (unlike the ones found here in the UK).
These rested on a bed of what was predominantly a tomato-based salsa.
And though there were specks of sparsely scattered pineapple here and there, these were entirely lost somewhere in the ocean.
A decent attempt without being anything spectacular.
As with any seaside located restaurant, one looks for freshness and taste.
In this case, what we got was no different from what one might get from a good quality restaurant in the food capital of the world – London.
To our chagrin, the squid turned out quite rubbery in texture, with everything else drizzled in some rather insipid butter sauce.
Otherwise, the rest of the platter wasn’t anything above good, which was a pity given our lofty expectations predicated on the picturesque surroundings before us.
Now, in light of how utterly good this apparent wagyu beef patty was, this was a serious bargain.
And with so much on offer in terms of taste, we couldn’t quite understand, given the fact that said wagyu was said to have originated from South Africa, how this was the same price as the chicken burger!
Whatever the case, this was one of the best tasting patties we’ve ever had! Cooked to a perfect medium well, not only did this thick piece of beefy goodness have that divinely delicious umami flavour to it, but the talented chef also managed to achieve a very crusty exterior, giving this some textural contrast.
And since it was this good, the lack of sauce, on this occasion, just didn’t matter, nor, if we’re being honest, did we pick up on this until later. If we did have a quibble though, it’s that the bun was a little stale around the edges.
The mango salad was also a great touch, and a bowl worth eating alone, while the accompanying fries were nice and crispy.
Good tasty chocolate which although dry, was but brought to life, somewhat, by the prominent vanilla custard.
This banana tatin was accompanied by an average sort of ice cream, which, given the heat, came out almost entirely melted in consistency.
A simple dessert which is reflected by the pricing.
Another basic ice cream with the addition of some poultry sugar work on top and some measily meringue on the side. Not worth it!
- YES/ YES
- CHILD SEATING
- DISABLED FACILITIES
- FREE WI-FI
However, we were left sorely disappointed not just by the overall quality of the food, but also given the prices which, truth be told, were akin to prices one would find in London.
Yes, the menu was varied; and yes, the wagyu burger was amazing, which only raises the question of how good the steak would be; but, ultimately this flattered to deceive.
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