Big Willy’s

We had driven past Big Willy’s a number of times and we thought we’d go check it out and watch the Euro 2012 final there. Mike called to book us a table whilst walking back to the apartment to get ready. We decided we’d have some dinner there before the soccer. We got dressed and ready and hopped in the car for our 10-15 min drive which ended up taking 2 hours! Due to the festival being such a big event, the police were still trying to redirect traffic out of Flic en Flac. We called to say we would be late and instead of being there at 8pm, we arrived around 9:45pm. That was seriously some of the worst traffic that I have ever sat in.

Finally when we got to Big Willy’s we were welcomed by the Euro 2012 promo girls at the entrance and found that we had the best seats in the house! A table set for two right in front of the huge projector screen.

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Two tables away from us, there were 3 men doing a radio broadcast about the Soccer. There was two guys chatting away in French about the Euro 2012 and they were from Radio 1 (R1). They had banners up and everything.

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Whilst ordering our drinks and deciding what to eat, the promo girls came around and painted your supporting teams flag on your face.  Even the atmosphere felt competitive and it was a good even split between Italy and Spain Supporters.

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Our food arrived and was delicious, Mike had like a creamy chicken potjie, kind of like chicken a la king with veggies and rice. Was so good and homey, even the presentation was awesome as it came in a little potjie pot! I had the squid, wasn’t what I thought I was going to get, in my mind I kind of thought I was getting Calamari rings. Never assume. I got a big piece of squid, which I’ve never really had before with a side salad and fries. Interesting but very good. For dessert we had a fantastic warm chocolate tart and a chocolate mousse and cappacino’s to wash it down! Yum! It was the perfect way to end the meal!

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Whilst eating, between course and coffees we watched Spain play like champs and the energy in Big Willy’s was unreal. People were shouting, clapping, whistling, you name it. Took me back to 2010 during the Fifa World Cup. The atmosphere was so festive and energetic that our time at Big Willy’s was well worth the 2 hour traffic jam.

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And the cherry on top – Spain won!

What a way to end an awesome day!

We’ll definitely be going back to Big Willy’s. If you’re a meat lover and want great friendly service, it’s the place to go!

Big Willy’s for the win! 

http://bigwillys.restaurant.mu/

(230) 483 7400

The Beach Party!

So our new friends had invited us to a beach party for their buddies birthday. We umm-ed and arr-ed about it and whether we were going to go or not. But our new friends insisted we come and were not letting us go home. We were exhausted, our bodies were sore but our friends were so excited for us to come that how could we not. We reached the public beach between the hotels on Royal Road in Flic en Flac, we parked the car and were lead through the forest of casuarina trees, where we found people setting up DJ equipment, getting the braai ready, making a fire and the cakes and booze were placed on the table ready to go.

It really was something we had never experienced as here, in Mauritius it is allowed, you’re allowed to have a good time and a few drinks on the beach with your mates, you’re allowed to set up a camp site and go camping for a weekend with your family. Where as in South Africa it is definitely not allowed so this was all new. We met some interesting characters, a guy named Danny for invited us to stay at his home in Vacoas, a really drunk elderly-ish man named Jake who couldn’t speak much english and just kept asking us if we like Mauritius and if we like to Sega. Both these guys couldn’t be happier to share there booze, Danny would come with another glass of rum and juice and Jake with another beer (have no idea where he was getting these beers from).

Whilst we were meeting new face, others were plying traditional music, singing and dancing. Was really cool, we stood around the fire chatting to all these new faces. We chatted to a guy named James, he is a French Mauritian and because he was talking to us, everyone who didn’t know him automatically assumed he was a tourist. Really good guy.

The DJ-ing started, the food was being passed around and people were just having a great time. It was around midnight when we were physically exhausted and need to sleep. Our hosts didn’t want us to leave but we had to as we had a full day planned for the next day. But just as sad they were that we were going, they were so pleased that we came.

Was an experience to remember, so awesome! A real beach party, not by the hotels-by the locals!!!

Thank you guys! (you know who you are) It was Awesome!

Standing around the fire

Mafiozzo

After our day at Casela we went to meet our new friend Jayson at Mafiozzo, an outdoor bar/restaurant that has a real island look to it. Everything is made from wood, the high tables, stools and fencing around it. We drive past it quite often, and always have a look in when we are going to the Spar. I really felt like pizza, Mike really felt like beer and we both really wanted to go there. So we did.

Mafiozzo has a really chilled out vibe and friendly service. My favourite thing about this place is there menu. The names of there meals are just too random. From “Blowjob Breakfast” to a “Tax Haven Pizza”. We had the Tax Haven Pizza and shared it amoungst the 3 of us. It was so good, with a nice crispy thing base and delicious topping we were ready for the night ahead.

Mafiozzo is my new best friend!

Go check it out, in the Pasadena Centre in Flic en Flac.

http://dismoiou.fr/p/mus/flic-en-flac/i1tKyW/mafiozo

We totally got lost in conversation that we didn’t take any pic – will post at a later stage!

The first few days!

Right, lets get everyone up to speed on our first few days of the Mauritian Expedition.

Saying goodbye to everyone was very hard- we had tears in our eyes right up until the food was served on the plane (we not had something to distracts us).

While eating my chicken and veg, served with bread rolls, salad, crackers and eclairs – I watched “The Descendants”, lovely movie, sad but lovely

We came in over the west coast (our new home) where we could see the colourful bays and greenery of the mountains but then as we reached the centre of the island-straight into thick cloud, all the way up until the last few seconds before landing. Having been to Mauritius a few times, the landings are always so intense, shorts and forceful. The pilots slam the brakes as if they plan on doing a hand brake turn.

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We got to passport control and the man behind the counter wasnt too sure of us, after giving us a little bit of a hard time (story for another day) we went through to collect our suit cases and find our rental car. When we walked out the airport building, there were 2 men, one young, one old, holding a sign for us. Both were wearing jerseys and jackets, so I had to ask, “Are you cold? And the answer I got was “YES!” It was humid and roughly 20 degrees but I guess for Mauritians they are used to the heat and this is there winter. We followed them to the car, a very sweet, postman pat like, red, Hyundai i10. after signing away and manoevering the cases and ourselves into the car, we set off on our ±45 min drive to Flic en Flac.

We arrived at our new home welcomed by our land lord Mr Dove. Fabulous man! and we helped us up to the apartment. Not long after the estate agent arrived to do an inventory. Once that was done and everyone had left we unpacked and were now able to unwind. We knew there wouldnt be food so we packed some 3 in 1 coffee sachets (coffee, sugar, creamer), chocolate and ostrich biltong. We decided to go out and get a pizza from the Debonairs up the road, when we realised that our sliding door to our balcony didnt lock. Being the paranoid South Africans we are, even on the 3rd floor, we were worried so we locked our bedroom door and took the keys and off we went to buy some chow.

With our chicken and mushroom pizza and 2litre coke we were happy chappies until we got to the apartment and couldnt unlock our bedroom door!! Instant panic! There was nothing we would do. so we decided to sleep in the other room and sort it out in the morning. We woke up and had to put on our same smelly clothes from the day before so we could go and find some WD-40. We found some in this strange little hardware store on the main road and rushed back to try it. Needless to say, a can of WD-40 later, we still could not open the door. The search to find a locksmith started, went to a few different places, no such luck. Last resort-call Mr Dove! Problem was, both our phones had gone dead as the chargers were locked in the room. So we walked to the nearest pay phone which isnt really that near. We managed to get a few seconds to tell Mr Dove the problem and then the phone stole all our money. We then decided to go to the Internet cafe and ask if we could use a phone. The kind owner allowed us to use his office to make the call and didnt charge us. Really genuine guy! So Mr Dove was sending us help!!! YAY! 

 A few hours later, his nephew arrived with a bag of tools and his son. The two of them also tried and tried and eventually the only solution was to break it open! So they did! Happiness filled my heart at that point!!! And once they left we went for a relaxing walk along the beach to watch the sun set!  Phew!

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Beautiful pic taken by Mike

You’ll be happy to know now,  both doors are fixed. Mr Dove bought a very skilled young carpenter to fix the door, he did an amazing job. And his nephew came to fix our sliding door! Thank you!

We have gone for morning runs/walks along the beach and have been exploring the supermarkets to find the best deals close by. And we finally bought beach towels so we can have a swim in the sea.

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Our friend who run/walked with us for about 3 kms.

Everyday is new and exciting! 

Especially the last few!  

Check out the sunset pics on the sunrise & sunset page!

Annabella’s

Every evening I got excited to go for dinner just to see what Annabella’s had to offer.

Annabella’s is the main restaurant at Heritage Le Telfair Hotel. With its colonial style setting, the lovely atmosphere and unbelievable food – Annabella’s is a MUST-GO-TO! restaurant. Each night the menu is different and you get 3 options of your starter, mains and desserts. The best part about it is, if you are no sure what to order, you can walk into the “kitchen” and see what each dish looks like and watch it being plated up. One of the Head Chefs there, Carl, was just a pleasure to meet. All the staff are highly professional and friendly! Top notch service!

The name: Heritage Le Telfair was named after Charles Telfair. Charles Telfair was a botanist who has a huge influence on Mauritius. His wife’s name was Annabella, she was a water colour artist who loved to entertain people.

The food has a french influence and is gastronomically creative. Ginger ice-cream = YUM! Annabella’s can take a simple apple and turn it into something exciting and new.

My heart (which listens to my stomach most of the time) was filled with happiness after each meal at Annabella’s!

Food – Amazing

Service – High Class

Atmosphere – Relaxed

High Class Fine Dining

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

10/10

http://www.villasvalricheexperience.com/Restaurant/annabellas-at-heritage-le-telfair-golf-a-spa-resort.html

http://www.islandinfo.mu/mauritius/hotels/stars-5-40/le-telfair-golf-spa-141.html

Château de Bel Ombre

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Overlooking a beautiful french style garden with the sea in distance, we enjoyed our basket of pastries and freshly squeezed orange juice. Le Château is just the most beautiful setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner. With its french style cuisine and stunning decor, Le Château is perfect for any occasion. It would make a fantastic wedding venue. The staff are incredibly welcoming and friendly, making sure that you are happy. Le Château lies next to these gigantic trees that look as if they are pre-historic, their enormity is breath taking. These beautiful trees and the  lovely garden add to the peaceful atmosphere. It makes you feel like all you need to do is breathe in the fresh air and relax.

Le Château, if I’m correct, is a heritage site that was restored to become a restaurant. This gem can be found in Domaine de Bel Ombre.

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Food – Fabulous

Service – Great

Atmosphere – Peaceful

Tel: (230) 601 5516

www.domainedebelombre.mu

Reservation required

Sunset Cafe

If you’re in the North and looking to enjoy a drink, snack or ice-cream, whilst overlooking the sea, the Sunset Cafe is just perfect.

Nestled on the Sunset Boulevard in Grand Baie. For such a little place they like to serve big beer, big ice-cream, big food. Lovely to have a drink and watch the sun set over the bay. They also have TV’s that air the English Premier League football- which makes this place rather popular for the locals that work near by.

Ginja

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The absolute best Pan Asian food I have ever had- Ginja is truly a delicious delite. It was excite your palette and leave you wanting more. An absolute treat. With fabulous service, beautiful setting and mouth watering food!

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Ginja show their own herbs and produce- certain times of the day you can walk past and watch the chefs harvesting what they need for the night-fantastically fresh.

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Everything from the drinks to the food is a master piece- each course will leave you wanting more and eager to see whats next.

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We had the Lobster set menu-so worth the money- its the best lobster I’ve had and a great experience of having Lobster all these different ways. Yum!

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Each mouth full in a burst of joy and excites every taste bud in your mouth! DELISH!!!! I will most definately be going back to Ginja, and I highly recommend to anyone traveling to Mauritius to make it a night out, exotic and exciting flavours. A fine dining experience not to be missed!!!

FABULOUS!!!

Food – FAB!

Atmosphere – FAB!

Service – FAB!

I’ll be back Ginja!