You will never believe what this restaurant serves! – Sitar Restaurant

Mauritius has many worldly flavors to offer. You will never believe what this fine-looking, ethnic and authentic restaurant has to offer!

Located at Bagatelle Mall in Moka, Sitar is an Indian Restaurant that serves mainly North Indian Cuisine. You will be surprised by the thematic Indian style interiors and decors of this place and baroque, paisley patterns that adorn their walls. As you turn your attention towards the welcoming hosts, you won’t fail to notice the impeccable details of Indian culture such as the waiters’ attire of traditional long Kurta or formerly described as a long loose shirt known for its collarless style that has been intricately embroidered and in line with their restaurant colors, the delightful pickle jars placed on every table! A complimentary basket of ‘Papad’ (Indian crackers) are provided to each customer while they decide their menu.

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Often one might get lost in the many tempting descriptive items on their menu. But thanks to their attentive waiters who guide you into understanding each and every item well in details. Sitar boasts of its mastermind behind their cuisine – Chef Negi Chandan Singh, who has gained experience in the Taj group of Hotels and has worked with the famous international chef Sanjeev Kapoor. The delectable cooking by their Indian Chefs, retains the originality of the flavor. No wonder, they are able to blend in all the spices together to make a gastronomical delight!

For those of you, who wish to try Indian Cuisine and have no idea what to start with, you need to try Sitar’s food as it will break your misconception about Spicy Indian Food. What we have tried and recommend you is the Chicken Tikka (Chicken that has been marinated and cooked in spices) The platter is served with tenderly cooked chicken legs marinated with robust spices and cooked specially in ‘Tandoor’ (a clay cylindrical oven) that leaves your tastebuds tickling, giving you the urge to munch onto it at first glance! You can ask for onions on the side as this will help you get the gist of eating habits of the Indian locals. That’s not it, you ought to savor the Dal Makhni (Black lentils slow cooked with fresh cream and butter) a local favorite and soul food, often served in shiny copper bowls and has a long list of health benefits if incase you are taken aback by cream and butter! One of them being rich source of iron and packed with anti oxidants for ages to come. This one is going to leave you wanting for more, We warned you! You can also try lamb and chicken preparations that are best eaten with ‘Naan’ (Indian flatbread). No meal is complete without a dessert, and hence you must not miss out the Kulfi Pista – a traditional Indian Ice cream made with Pistachio nuts and caramel milk.

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Like they say – when in Rome, act like the Roman, when in India, eat like the Indians! You can use the spoon and fork, but we suggest to eat with your hands as you can closely experience the Indian culture. After your meal, you will never believe what the restaurant serves, a bowl of warm water with soaked lemon – called the Fingerbowl. In ancient India, the Kings used fingerbowls after each meal to clean their hands by scrubbing them with lemons in order to remove the stench of the meat. Sitar has cleverly managed to put that element in place!

If you turn up here on weekends, you might end up being lucky as they have live Indian music playing every Friday and Saturday evenings as from 19:00hrs.

Got a grumbling stomach already? Head to Sitar!

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Opening Hours:

LUNCH: 11h – 16h

DINNER: 17h30 – 22h30

Reservation: (230) 468 8188

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Summer Food in Mauritius

You probably are sweating right now and want to consume all the cold beverages you can possibly have. Island vibes and Heat are probably the strongest! Besides, Its Summer! But you don’t want to eat hot food. How do you calm that fury inside your stomach?

Just step out, if you hear musical bus passing by, let your inner child free because it is the Ice Cream Van! Trust us, when we tell you, The ice creams here are so creamy and delicious, you would probably brunch and lunch over these! It costs around Rs. 35 for a double scoop with coconut desiccate and chocolate Syrup. You can upgrade that cone of yours with triple scoop and different flavors for just Rs. 10 extra! Who would want to miss that?

Another thing you need to try is this cool local milk drink called Alouda. It’s a vanilla flavored milk drink mixed with basil seeds and vermicelli. Just a small bottle full of nutrition for Rs. 25 is going to keep you cool and refreshed.

What would be Summer in Mauritius without its tropical fruits? Try fresh Pineapples, Juicy Mangoes, Litchis, pulpy Peaches, seems so tempting! You can find all these alongside the coasts or even in the local markets. Keep yourself hydrated with a large piece of Watermelon topped with some salt to give it a slight tangy taste. There is more to this than just fruits and cream! If you are a person with sour tastes, then you have to try the fruit salads. There is Cucumber, Mango and Pineapple mixed with a little bit of Tamarind juice, topped with Salt and chili powder and also some chili sauce if you prefer. But the outcome is delicious and we already want to go get ourselves some of that!

We gotta make a move, Temptations overflowing out here!!!

Santa on an Island!

Psychologically, your brain connects the Christmas feeling to a cold snowy winter. Well, when you are on an Island, even the scorching hot sun does not stop Santa from riding his reindeers!

Mauritius having a diversified culture, about 30% to 40% of the total population is Christian. And as the season approaches, this festive spirit spreads amongst all the citizens of the Island, young and old. Such is the unity in this diversity! Right through mid November onwards, you begin to see the atmosphere around you change to glittery decor across the streets, Shops and Malls setting up a nativity scene, Decor items on sale and gigantic Christmas trees popping around in your vicinity.

Then comes the time to shop till you drop. The season brings with it amazing offers and discounts on clothing, toys, Savory items, creative art and crafts and much more. If you are looking to shop for the perfect gift for your loved ones, head to Jumbo in Phoenix or Bagatelle Mall where you have variety of stores to choose from. But our favourite this season is the Concept Store. This store has everything and for everyone! With its crazy weekend sales and attractive pricing, no wonder you are always greeted with a large queue. The best time to visit here is in the mornings. Better early than late! You don’t want to miss out on any stock and rather begin to shop now for as by the mid month, everyone is rushing to begin their shopping.

There is joy and happiness all around as during the festive season, shops are open for a late night shopping spree. You can see youngsters and parents moving around, sorting their bag full of goodies and happy kids trotting down the street.

You don’t need snow, all you need is a reason to celebrate! Hop on that sleigh and get christmassy!

 

Summer Paradise – Your sunny plan!

 

Okay, here’s the thing. Its Summer, its hot and you just can’t seem to find the courage nor the enthusiasm to go out during the day. Well, we’ve got a plan for you that is going to get you out of that lazy pajamas and enjoy the Island vibes!

While the world is having its snowfall of the month, Mauritius has its bright sun shining out on you in December. The heat is strong around the coastal line and if you move towards the center of the Island, you can still bask in grey skies and rain! Such extremities of weather in such a small place, fascinating! But if you are the one still not wanting to get out during this Sunny shenanigan, we’re here to give you another reason to go and bask in this warm brilliance.

During summer, the first thing you need to do is drink ample of water as it keeps you hydrated. Once you do that, put on those Dodos and a pair of shorts and walk towards your nearest beach. The is good wind and the ocean water is cool during the day so you would love to have a dip in the ocean and get refreshed on this heated day.

You can pick up some chilled beers, we suggest you take the Phoenix Fresh as its citron flavor will give you that exact blast of uplifting taste. The best time to go is around 4:30 pm as the sun is not directly overhead so you can take pleasure in the warm and cold mélange of the ambience. This does ideally set your mood! By the time you are done taking a dip, it is almost evening and you can sip on that can while watching the beautiful sunset or grab a hot Roti or some delicious boulettes from the hawkers to fill up your growling tummy! Just have a moment of bliss and you will see how beautiful the nature surrounding this Island is.

Hey, don’t laze around just reading this. Get up and get going, Get some Vitamin Sea!

Your Mauritian Cuppa Tea!

 

“Would you like to have some Tea?” is the first thing that pops out if you meet and greet someone. Certainly, when in Mauritius, this is probably what you will notice if you are invited over by your Mauritian Friends! Grown, picked, traded and sipped for centuries, this beloved beverage is considered as the Islanders’ passion that never seems to wane. Mauritius is a producer of tea, initially on a small scale when the French introduced the plant into the island around 1765. It was under later British rule that the scale of tea cultivation increased.

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Tea drinking allows for socializing and is commonly being served to guests and in the workplace. The Mauritian people usually consume black tea, often with milk and sugar. But as the tropical paradise has its array of flavors to offer, so does their cup of Tea. Flavors such as Mint, Cardamom, Citron, Vanilla, Passion Fruit, Peach, and Fruit Punch are at the top spots of peoples’ choices. Not just these, you also have Tea Infusions that have intense aroma and a rich mauve color that will elevate your senses by just a sip!

As a visitor you can explore this fervor by following the Tea Route at the Bois Cheri tea plantation – a culinary and cultural journey into the history of tea production in Mauritius. Followed by Domaine des Aubineaux in Forest Side, a little way south of Curepipe, where the town gives way to a more rustic area. Their beautiful gardens, a handsome colonial house-turned-museum filled with antiques, paintings, vintage photographs and furniture from the East India Company are the perfect getaway for some Tea tasting. Wide ranges of infusions are offered: flavored black tea (plain, mint, coconut, bergamot, earl grey, lemon or vanilla), herbal teas (with ayapana, lemongrass or ginger) and green teas – plain or with jasmine.

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Finally, make your way towards the Bois Cheri factory. You’ll pass by an old locomotive’s steam engine once used to dry out tealeaves. Grab a cup of tea in hand – and gaze down on an ancient volcanic crater now transformed into a small lake, surrounded by century-old trees and admire the panoramic views from the wooden terrace.

 

Feeling relaxed already!

Summer is here in Mauritius!

 

Everyone put that sun spray out and get your flip-flops ready! Summer is here! Beautiful blue beaches and white powdered sands await your presence. Mauritius coastal line is flooded with tourists to get their glowing sun tan every year. If you haven’t tried snorkeling yet, this is the right time for you to jump in the cool waters. Explore the island’s bustling marine life by swimming with the Dolphins!

 

The best beaches to visit during summertime in Mauritius are Tamarin, Flic en Flac and GrandBaie. Flic en Flac has a good vibe as it is surrounded by delicious food hawkers, a supermarket and various restaurants, where you can go grab some quick munchies during your day out as well as active nightlife with a pretty good crowd. Grandbaie is a tourist HotSpot and is usually overcrowded. If you are looking for a sweet escape with your beloved with some much needed space, the Flic en Flac and Tamarin are the perfect choices for you.

And how can you miss out on the cold Alouda? – A local specialty drink made with milk, Basil seeds and vermicelli. A must try during this heaty exchange! Moreover, you can also find amazing and vibrant swimwear on display that don the Mauritian Dodo prints and lovely orchids.

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You can end your day by sipping on a cool bootle of Goodwill – a local Rum or grab a can of Phoenix Beer and relax by surrendering yourself to the roaring of sea waves and the fresh salty smell of the Ocean.

 

Happy Summers to you!

When in Doubt, just Rum! (Mauritian Rhum)

Alcohol does not seem to be the most suitable solution to problems, but your trip to Mauritius may prove otherwise! Mauritius is a relative newcomer to global rum markets. For centuries, colonial governments in Mauritius frowned on using sugar cane for rum, because refined sugar fetched much better profits. The historical progression of the rum industry in Mauritius is no less elevating than that of the Caribbean or of the South America. It was Mr. Pierre Charles Francois Harel who initially proposed the concept of local distillation of rum in Mauritius, in 1850. Thanks to him, Mauritius today proudly houses distilleries. Presently, the industrial rum represents about 90% of the world production of rum. Mauritius is one of the few countries that produce both industrial and agricultural rum!

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Whether or not you are a rum connoisseur, you will love discovering the rum making process when visiting one of the many rum distilleries in Mauritius. A few of the ones you can visit are: St. Aubin, Rhumerie de Chamarel, and Labourdonnais. They all make excellent rums that you will want to bring back with you as souvenirs. During your visit, make sure to ask about the Mauritian tradition of rum arrangé, or flavored rum!

The process of making agricole rum requires distilling the juice as quickly as possible after it’s crushed out of the cane. Twelve kinds of sugar cane grow in Mauritius, but two are used for rum — yellow and red. The color refers to the stalk, only visible once the green leaves are stripped away. At the Rhumerie, everything is designed to showcase the process, to encourage visitors to watch rum being made and then to sample the results. The finished drink is smoother than the traditional molasses rum.

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If you are to take those bottles home, we suggest you try the Chamarel’s Gold variety which is kept in French oak for 18 months, giving it a woody undertone. Another batch goes into American oak for a fruitier taste. Also, look out for Rhum Arrangé traditionnel. “Arrangé” refers to the infusion, often from macerated fruits like litchi or coconut, or other local produce like coffee, vanilla and spices. They create 21 different flavors, and for tourists worried about flying home with liquids, they also sell packets of dried fruit and Mauritian sugar, with instructions on how to infuse rum at home. Couldn’t get any better! And for the Coffee Lovers, it’s time to taste St. Aubin’s Coffee Rum, packed with intense flavor of Mauritian Coffee and ideal as a liqueur or an engaging aperitif, served on the rocks.

 

Cheers to the weekend, we drink to that!