M is for Mauritian

Le Chamarel took
the team to Turnpike Lane in North London and the heady heights of Zone 3. The
restaurant was full on a Wednesday night and obviously popular; with the
friendly staff serving authentic and tasty Mauritian dishes.

Le Chamarel does not serve alcohol which wasn’t a big issue early in
January. Soft drinks options included Pearona, a delicious fresh Tamarind
juice, slightly undrinkable Alouda (Mauritian milkshake), and a warming
Mauritian vanilla tea.

Starters
included Boulette Chou-Chou (a fish broth with fish balls, £4.90), samosas
(60p), Du’Apin Frite (£1 for 2, watch out for the spicy sauce) and a great
Dholl Puri (a kind of roti filled with different sauces, £1.25 for two).

Mains
included some decent lamb (£6.90) and fish (£10.90) curries. A delicious king
prawn fried noodle with egg (£12.90) and a serious portion of fish biryani
(£7.50).

We
ordered every dessert on the menu – which was a little hit and miss, despite
marks for some traditional Mauritian options. Highlights included the Mauritian
Creme Caramel and Tarte Banane. Poudine Mais and Gulab Jamun didn’t quite do it
for us!

 All
in it came to under £20 a head. We had a great evening and it was well
worth the trip north of the wall.

Pie Hunter Ratings

Food
3.5/5

Ambience
3.5/5

Drinks
3/5

Service
3.5/5

Value
4.5/5

Total 18/25

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