Divino – Italian and Seafood Restaurant

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A great late Sunday lunch at Divino – Italian and Seafood Restaurant.

A couple of years ago I had been to the restaurant for the first time and really enjoyed the food there, so I thought this time I could make a restaurant review out of it.

Atmosphere

We arrived at the restaurant around 3 pm, which was rather quiet and tranquil with few customers. Set under a pavilion in La Croisette, Grand Baie the restaurant emanates a calm and relaxing vibe. This time of year is perfect because as the winter sunshine peeks through you do not have to deal with the excruciating heat and humidity that comes along with a Mauritian summer. The staff were very welcoming and provided an excellent service.

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Freshly squeezed orange juice

Appetiser – Mauritian Tapas

The restaurant offers a variety of starters including Mauritian Tapas. Rather intrigued by what Mauritian Tapas was available, we decided to order some prawn croquette as my family absolutely devours this! We are huge fans of seafood and will order some type of seafood where ever we go.

The croquettes arrived on a simple translucent plate accompanied by its la sauce l’ail (garlic sauce). Unfortunately the croquettes did not meet up with our expectations. It was slightly over fried for my liking but nevertheless had a great crunch and crispiness to it when opened. The prawn was well-cooked and tasty, it would be great if it was a little larger though.
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Main Course

For main course I ordered a Ravioli Goat Cheese. I was most excited about this part and I still am as I am typing this.

The menu had quite a variety of pastas to choose from as well as a whole page dedicated to risotto and other seafood dishes.

Initially this ravioli appeared to be a rather small serving size for someone like me who adores their pasta! However I was surprised to see how filling it was. I definitely craved for more.

The ravioli was cooked beautifully and the goat cheese filling was perfect in amount and taste.

Divino6I must emphasise on how delicious the tomato sauce was. It was cooked to perfection and complemented the ravioli beautifully. The tomato sauce was thick and full of flavour, really bringing out a fresh tomato taste. We had also ordered the Fruti De Mare pasta which was fantastic except the tomato sauce was rather sweet in comparison to the ravioli.

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If you order one of the pasta you get to choose a pasta of your choice from penne to tagliatelle. I really enjoy how the restaurant provided this choice to the customer as it really involved the customer in the process.

This Fruti Di Mare was really delicious. Although this was not my main course I did try it and the seafood was well-cooked really enhancing the dish. The only complaint I would have to say is the sweetness of the tomato sauce, which I would not have picked up if I did not have the ravioli.

Some other main courses:

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Risotto with large prawns
Risotto with large prawns
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Garlic Butter Prawns

Dessert

Ah dessert. One look at the dessert section of the menu and I knew exactly what I wanted to take. This beautiful Chocolate Fondant with a gallop of vanilla (you may choose between vanilla and chocolate) was scrumptious. The delicious hot liquid chocolate oozes out of the cake mixed with some of that refreshing vanilla ice-cream was pure bliss. I highly recommend this!
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Closing Words

I highly recommend this restaurant because not only is it set in a beautiful location under a pavilion in an open environment, but the service and quality of food is fantastic.

It has a great variety of food to choose from on the menu.

My Rating: 4/5

 

 Have you been to Divino? What were your thoughts of the restaurant?

Hope you enjoyed this review as much as I enjoyed writing it, if you do have any restaurants you want me to review do not hesitate to leave a comment below or just contact me: thecakearchitect@hotmail.com

– The Cake Architect

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La Table Du Chateau

I cannot believe that it has been 3 months since my last post! I thought that since it is the beginning of the month I should get over my doubts and post this review. 

This post has been written and rewritten about 5 times already and has been stuck in my drafts folder for over 2 months. So here you go today, my first restaurant review.

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Hello everybody,

This is the first post in my new series of Restaurant Reviews. I have always wanted to do a restaurant review since the beginning of this blog. I therefore have decided to dive right in.  I hope that these posts will give an insight into restaurants in Mauritius.

I would love to know your thoughts on this post and also let me know how I can improve, whether in terms of the structure or content. Also if you have any restaurant recommendations leave a comment below, I love trying new restaurants.

Alright, let the restaurant review begin.

La Table du Chateau is a small restaurant opening on to the gorgeous gardens of Chateau Labourdonnais. The restaurant is situated up North of the island in Mapou.

Menu

Entering the restaurant we were welcomed with a cold refreshing towel (perfect for that hot day!).

After ordering the food we were given bread baskets with some freshly baked bread loaves straight out from the oven which we gobbled up and was swiftly replaced by the staff.

The staff were very friendly catering to all our needs.

Main Course:

I ordered a “Grilled king prawns with garlic butter Asparagus risotto with Lobster coulis”. I was pleasantly surprised by the dish which was full of flavour. I do not usually like risotto but this Asparagus one was beautiful and not too soft.

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We also had a “Bread fruit gratin and roasted Giant prawns Mesclum salad and Crustacean sauce”. The prawns were really soft creating a melted in your mouth sensation. I personally enjoyed the breadfruit gratin but it was not that great. Below is the image of the Giant prawns Mesclum salad and Crustacean sauce but sadly I cannot find an image of the breadfruit gratin.

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Dessert:

I opted for a delicious crème brulée because its one of my favourite desserts and I had been craving it for such a long time. With that being said, crème brulée recipe is coming soon!

Overall the menu consisted of a few well selected desserts which all can enjoy.

Here is the “Crème Brulée à la vanille de Laboudonnais”:

I really enjoyed this dessert as it was tasty and fulfilled the criteria of the classic crème brulée dessert. The stick was not sweet enough on the other hand and I feel like it did not go with the Creme brulée

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I do not remember the exact name for this dessert but it was a Banane Zenzli with Ice Cream in a Caramel sauce. I was not particularly a fan of this dessert although I enjoyed the sauce.

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The Boutique:

Adjacent to the restaurant is The Boutique which I visited, how cute are these soaps!

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Closing words

This was a great experience and a perfect getaway for a couple of hours. I definitely recommend  a visit to La Table Du Chateau if you are in the area.

The only complaint I have is the waiting time for the food as well as how relatively dark the restaurant was. Nevertheless we had a calm and refreshing lunch.

Tips:

  1. The Chateau visit costs are separate to the restaurant.
  2. Reserve your table at the restaurant prior to arrival is recommended by the staff, although you may choose to walk in.

 

I would love for you to let me know what you think. Have you been to La Table Du Chateau? How was your experience?

– The Cake Architect