I don't do restaurant reviews normally but guys I just had to share the joy that is Le Chamarel. This cute little restaurant in North London was my first foray into Mauritian cuisine and my taste buds have been lit. The restaurant is small and perfect for an intimate dinner but for four rowdy girls looking to dish, we decided a take away would be best.
What we ordered:
- Crab Bouillabaisse
- Dhall Puri with sauce (4 pieces)
- King Prawn Curry
- Butterbeans Curry
- Chicken Biryani
- Gateau Piment (4 pieces)
- Chicken & Prawn Bolle Renverse
All this gorgeous food came to just £44 for four of us and we had plenty to go around. We had the Crab Bouillabaisse to start and it was beautiful. It was a nice light and warming soup with a hint of chilli heat and lots of crab flavour.
With everything else, we just piled it on to our plates and dug in. I LOVED the Chicken & Prawn Bolle Renverse. This layered rice dish comes with stir fried vegetables in a delicious chop suey sauce topped with a fried egg. Flavour wise, it lived somewhere between a stir fry and a curry and it was delicious.
Both curries were really tasty, the Butterbean curry was mild in terms of spice which was a welcome break from the spice of the King Prawn Curry. We only got three prawns in our curry but they were the big juicy kind so we let it slide.
The Dhall Puri and Gateau Piment are famous Mauritian street foods. The Dhall Puri is a lovely lentil based flat bread which makes a delicious snack on its own but was gorgeous for soaking up the curry sauce. The Gateau Piment is a Mauritian falafel - it's flatter than a traditional falafel with a golden colour. This came with a green chilli sauce which was tasty but very spicy.
All in all I would highly recommend Le Chamarel. Mauritian food is now a firm favourite and I'm already looking forward to my next fix. You can find Le Chamarel at 27 Turnpike Lane, Turnpike Lane London N8 0EP. They offer a takeaway service but it is pick up only. If you've tried Le Chamarel or know of any other fab Mauritian restaurants, share in the comments below.
Pictures by Reena Sewraz