Grand Baie La Croisette - James RYN Review
Our first night in Mauritius and what better way to be introduced to a country than to try its Nando's! And luckily we were in for the best ever non-UK Nando's experience of our lives.
Turns out Nando's in Mauritius is very different to the nearby fast food-style restaurants in South Africa and Namibia, but instead modeled after the UK franchise. In fact, you would think you were walking into UK Nando's from before the logo change a couple of years back. The decoration was very nice and there was a lovely outside area with a cool breeze running through it where we chose to sit.
However one major difference was that all of the service was at the table, without an option to order at the till even if you wanted to. This made it more like Nando's in the UAE, with the exception that the service was actually really good (sorry UAE), with our waiter doing a wonderfully attentive and friendly job, and more than warranting a tip which I duly left at the end. A nice touch was that he asked if we wanted our starters before or with the main course. With service like this, I would welcome table service in the UK. However, this could be a slippery slope because if the waiter wasn't as attentive, things could have got frustrating very quickly, especially with having the pay the bill after rather than before the meal.
Great service aside, the food was by far the highlight of this meal. Firstly the houmous had a lot more garlic than that in the UK, which made it particularly tasty. This was then followed by the sauciest butterfly chicken breast I have ever had, along with peri-chips which were perfectly cooked and coated in spice. The peri-salt here tasted more like the South African variety, but with the browner colour of the UK. The chicken itself was nice and tender, and some halloumi on the side finished things off nicely.
Overall, I had been getting a bit bored of the rather formulaic Nando's of sub-saharan Africa, so this was a very welcome change, and easily the best international Nando's I have ever experienced. Now I can't wait to get to the other three Mauritian outlets!