lunch at lakaz maman, southampton

We recently tucked into a gorgeous lunch at Lakaz Maman, the Mauritian street kitchen set up by Shelina Permalloo, the 2012 winner of Masterchef UK.

Photo credit: Romsey Advertiser

To start – potato and pea samosas (there were 5 but we couldn’t wait to get started!). You expect a familiar Indian flavour when eating samosas, but they were warmer in taste, and the fruity yoghurt dip added a tang that took them to a totally different place.

For mains – I enjoyed a chicken roti wrap, packed with lots of tropical flavours. There’s lots of mango and a fruity sauce which give you a flavour reminiscent of both India and the Caribbean. One never tried Mauritian food before and was unsure what to expect t but it was truly delicious. The chicken was extremely tender, and the roti was just as I would like it – a little doughy! ┬áIt was served with chips as standard that I wouldn’t necessarily have ordered, but they provide a nice savoury contrast. Mr Greedy enjoyed a mutton curry, and to say he liked it was an understatement. I had a taste and again, very warm and aromatic with a kick but not too spicy.

For dessert – I can never resist a ginger cake, especially one with pieces of fresh ginger inside and homemade vanilla ice cream. You can really tell the difference when fresh ginger has been used, and I could taste this for about an hour afterwards! Mr Greedy’s dessert looked fantastic though – a milk bun with coconut ice cream and salted caramel. I had seen photos of it online and having seen it and tried it, I think I may need to try and replicate it. Delicious!

All finished off with a complementary palate cleanser of pineapple with mint sugar. I will definitely be recommending Lakaz Maman to my friends – although I know a lot of them have already been more than once! The price is very fair and our bill for 3 courses was more than reasonably. They do not serve alcohol, but for a summer lunch with a chilled ginger beer or an island-style alooda (a vanilla and coconut creamy drink), this is the perfect setting.

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