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Minn bwi mangwak
The south is generally full of cosy fishermen villages and Mahebourg is one of the most famous ones. It is no surprise that this village is home to a famous little seafood shack called “Chez François”.
This tiny restaurant is snuggled up between two village houses and would be easy to miss if not for its vivid green colour. As you get in, find yourself one of the tables adorned with cute mismatched tablecloths and coasters that complete the homey vibe of this family restaurant, or you could take a seat at the single table that is on the terrace and get a bit of sunshine…
nestled between two houses, François Snack
This “snack” (such are little restaurants called in Mauritius) has just been in Mahebourg for about 2 years. Yet, it has seemingly caught the eye (or taste buds rather) and built a reputation as many come from far off to eat at François’ snack. “Our success is mainly due to the fact that all our seafood is fresh and we propose dishes you don’t normally see in every restaurant”, says the owner of the place.
François himself spends the day in the kitchen working his magic. When asked what sells more, he answers without hesitation: “Minn bwi Mangwak” which is a version of the Mauritian Minn Bwi (boiled noodles) but with Mangwak, a seafood similar to mussels. This seafood is rarely served in restaurants because it has to be cooked extremely fresh! This fabled signature dish surely does not disappoint…
And if you’re feeling a little less adventurous, you could try any of their other authentic dishes. We recommend the seafood ‘Bol Renverse’ (Magic Bowl) which is as satisfying as it is delicious. In any case, be sure to order an ice cold drink and bask in the serene simplicity of the place while delighting your taste buds.
Far from the touristy places, François Snack is a must-do if you’re visiting Mahebourg and want to have an authentic culinary experience. The place does not have a Facebook page or a website, so if you have a little difficulty getting there, just ask a local as everybody surely knows where François is. And who knows, you could even make new friends while on your way…
François snack is on Labourdonnais street near Loyeung Supemarket, just look for the green place that smells delicious!
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