enba pie, restaurant, heritage nature reserve

This delicious open-air restaurant, Enba Pié ("under the tree" in Creole) is hidden behind the former summer residence of the French and then British governors, now the headquarters of Bel Ombre Nature Reserve, on the coastal road of Bel Ombre.

The tables of Enba Pié stand in the shade of a majestic bicentennial tree. In a bucolic atmosphere, sipping iced tea, fresh juice or even a glass of wine, we revel in the marvels of Mauritian culinary heritage: generously garnished faratas (Indian flat bread), sausage rougaille (tomato gravy), vegetable or chicken curry, but also vegetable pickles and pain maison, traditional Mauritian bread. Local products are highlighted all over the menu, with an ourite salad (octopus), daily specials made with Mauritian ingredients, a dessert of the day inspired by local and seasonal fruits...

A feast for the mouth AND the eyes! We enjoy our lunch in the soft light filtered by the foliage of the awe-inspiring tree, facing a luxuriant ravine that stretches as far as the eye can see. The decor of the terrace mingles harmoniously with the setting, with its railing made of guava wood. Here, materials used are natural or recycled: stones, wood, bicycle wheels that have become chandeliers. We feel in communion with nature in this typically Mauritian place.

And when the end of the meal comes, we can enjoy a delicious Chamarel coffee, the only one grown in Mauritius, or a cup of vanilla tea, also local. It is with a hint of sweet nostalgia that we leave this green cocoon, with memories of the beautiful hospitality with which we were welcomed. But this afternoon, off we go for the new adventures that are awaiting us in the heart of Bel Ombre Nature Reserve!

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