Kempinski Blog Article
Although it is better known for its beautiful beaches, the Seychelles is a great destination for lovers of food. Whether you are feeling adventurous and want to try traditional Seychellois cuisine, or enjoy your favourite foods with local flavour, there is an abundance of delicious food available to suit any taste.
Throughout its history the Seychelles has seen settlers come to its shores from many parts of the world. Over the years these French, English, African, Chinese and Indian influences have come together to create a truly unique cuisine.
A taste of the sea
Seafood lovers will find everything they could hope for on these islands; everything is freshly sourced from the surrounding waters. There is the typical selection of squid, octopus and shellfish that you can find all over the world, as well as dishes unique to the islands. The Seychelles is famous for its high-quality tuna, with restaurants serving it up in many different ways. For a more local feel, you should try the specific regional dishes; shark is a favourite with the locals, along with barracuda and parrot fish.
There are plenty of alternatives to seafood available in the Seychelles too. Meats such as chicken and pork are staple dishes here, cooked in a variety of ways. You can easily go an entire stay without trying the same meal once. Fruit and vegetables such as aubergine, coconut, mangos, pineapple, melons and bananas are often included in dishes, giving an exotic feel to many meals.
Try the local delicacies
Fruit bat, often served as a curry, is considered a local delicacy, and is worth trying during your stay; it is said to taste similar to venison. Then there’s ladob, a dish which can be served either sweet or savoury. The sweet version consists of sweet potato, plantain boiled with nutmeg, sugar, coconut milk and vanilla, while the savoury version usually includes salted fish.
The Seychelles is home to numerous high-quality restaurants. Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare has three separate restaurants offering some incredible choices, many of which are famous throughout the island. For fine dining, L’Indochine provides high quality, freshly caught seafood dishes, cooked and served to the highest standard, while Café Lazare is perfect for a light bite to eat or a coffee in a more casual setting. Finally, Windsong Beach Restaurant offers stunning ocean views and premium food in a beautiful setting. The local tuna tartar is a classic Seychelles dish, and one to add to your list; raw tuna, mango, lime and ripe avocados make for a fresh starter or side.
Away from the hotel, you will find similar outstanding restaurants. Marie Antoinette is famous throughout the country, and offers local cuisine in an amazing setting. Their batter-fried parrotfish is a must-try dish. The restaurant is located in a colonial style building, which was named a national monument in 2011.
Another option is La Grande Maison, which is often rated as one of the best restaurants on the main island of Mahé. It is owned and operated by Christelle Verheyden, the country’s most famous chef, who oversees daily menu changes, depending on what ingredients are freshly available.
After dinner, you can relax with a drink and an incredible view of the Seychelles’ scenery. Planters Bar and Lounge is a perfect place to unwind on a tropical evening.
The Seychelles is a truly wonderful place to visit. Please contact the team at Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare if you would like to visit.