What happens at this Event is Mindblowing!

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Wait, did you think New Year just passed you by? If you do, you probably haven’t visited this event yet! Unlike our New Year festivities, which always take place at midnight between December 31 and January 1, the Chinese version is a movable celebration – and the next one kicks off in mid-February. You may be already familiar with the cultural mélange in this paradise Island, and now is the perfect time that you also get to experience it.

Embrace your Dog days everyone, as the Year of the Dog is all set to bring auspicious changes in your lives, this February the 14th. This Chinese festival is celebrated with much splendor and fanfare across the Island. The main merriment is centered around Chinatown in Port Louis ushered with animated processions of Lion and Dragon Dances, an absolute treat to the onlookers!

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As the color Red is considered auspicious by the Chinese, streets are adorned with Red Lanterns and authentic Chinese savory delights that waft their aromas in the air. Food such as delicious dumplings, springrolls, fish cakes and many other snacks are offered. When you are at the event, you won’t fail to notice the special New Year ‘Wax’ Cake – a steamed, gelatinous concoction made with flavorful dried fruit and rice flour, otherwise known as sticky cake, or Nian Gao, a must try on this special day! Many families offer a unique lucky Red Envelope stuffed with faux Chinese paper money or formerly known as ‘Foong Pao’ as a sign of sharing wealth and prosperity amongst everyone. You might as well keep one as a souvenir and can find it in local departmental stores.

Not just in the streets, even if you happen to venture at your hotel, it’s unlikely you will miss out on the fun as many Mauritian Restaurants and Hotels celebrate this day with great enthusiasm by decorating the public areas with red flowers, Chinese Umbrellas and Fans. You can enjoy lavish Chinese Buffets and multi course menus as a part of this delightful scenario. We suggest you to try the Bol Renverse and Chinese Stir Fry to stimulate your appetite!

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This year, The parade will kick off from Champ de Mars, descend down Pope Hennessy street towards the Municipality of Port Louis, then veer into Royal road at the level of the Government House before proceeding towards Chinatown. A cultural show is scheduled at Chinatown with the participation of local and foreign artists and The Gansu Artistic Troupe.

So go ahead, mark your calendars and step into the new year with great opulence!

 

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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