Le Barachois – Prince Maurice – Mauritius
Total disapointment !
- Guillano Dubois
I was very happy to return to the Barachois, amazing restaurant of Prince Maurice, one of the most beautiful hotels in Mauritius. Already last year I had suffered from their ultra-restrictive policy that makes them refuse reservations even when the restaurant is empty. It is a marketing concept of making scarcity that defends itself but is frustrating for those who suffer it.
This year, I have a table! Mazeltov!
The hotel is true to my memory, a wonderful place where luxury is praise to the skies. A superb pool, efficient and discreet staff. But the reason for my visit is elsewhere.
The restaurant has not moved a bit. At the end of a long wooden bridge, the floats on the lagoon always welcome 4 to 5 tables in a most peaceful environment.
Previously, you could enjoy the sunset on a floating bar too. Classic cocktail menu.
What’s happening ? The menu seems very light. The description of the dishes is not very gastronomic. But do not have a priori.
But hey, all the same, these steamed Chinese bread are bad omen. A little dry, without real taste.
The appetizers don’t work up an appetite.
I choose the nem filled with duck of Souillac. It did not come from Dordogne but from the south of the island which has a village of the same name.
And here, the drama …
A rice pancake steamed but not fried, a little elastic, a duck bland. This confirms the first impression. The papaya puree can not save the plate.
The cassolette of grated bread and braised bread is only worth the rougaille sauce.
The cassolette of shrimp and squid is all that classic in the local cuisine, without particular adaptation that you could expect from a restaurant integrated into a hotel of this level. The same quality can be found in several canteens in Mauritius.
The Pointe bar with mirin sauce is a distressing presentation. Any apprentice would do better. Cooking is a little push without spoiling the dish, the sauce is good.
The crème brûlée would be butternut. It is only a ball of ice that accompanies it. Nothing very transcendent.
I found at Barachois the same disappointment, worse, that I had at Blue Penny, the restaurant of Constance Belle Mare, which belongs to the same group.
All this is understandable if one analyzes their commercial and marketing policy through their wine cellar.
This group focuses all its communication on a collection of exceptional bottles in the Indian Ocean (which is quite true) and totally neglects the “solid” side of the menu.
This gives quite ordinary menu, even uninteresting at Barachois, which have no level of gastronomy or hotel or oenological offer.
This was particularly noticeable in the wine board, which led me to a Hamilton Russel much too young and dreadfully expensive.
Rest Johnny, the shark locked in the lagoon since its closure a few years ago. But do not worry, it’s a nice beast less than two meters, not a big white!
And the frame. But at night, everything is dark!
There is nothing worse than arriving at a restaurant filled with positive memories and coming out with an immeasurable disappointment.
This does not mean that we have eaten badly. Simply, the standard of the plate, the taste originality, the culinary research are not there.
Addition of 250 euros for 2, half of which for wine. So very, very expensive for what it is.
The note is not catastrophic thanks to the frame and the service. Obviously, this restaurant would have a really bad rating if I had placed it in the “Gold” category, which it claims. I am on a good day …
Tel: 00 230 402 3636
Addrese: Choisy Road Poste De Flacq, Maurice