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“Michelin star level dining” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chateau Mon Desir

Chateau Mon Desir
Terre Rouge, Balaclava, Mauritius
+230 204 1000
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Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Balaclava
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $79 - $1,318
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Overlooking the 18th century ‘Historical Ruins of Balaclava’ and ‘Citron River’, this colonial-style mansion is recognised as the fine dining address of Mauritius. This ‘à la carte’ gourmet restaurant nestled in the heart of the Maritim Estate offers its guests exquisite cuisine with international specialities, French and Indian Ocean delicacies as well as world-class wines from its wine cellar.The French Executive Chef of the Maritim Hotel, Eric Poutot, in collaboration with the Chef of the Château Mon Désir, Rakesh Manoruth, have carefully selected the best products of the Indian Ocean, such as the ‘Indian Ocean Rock Lobster’ in addition to other delicacies from around the world, such as the ‘Kobe’ or ‘Angus’ beef. All vegetables used for the restaurant are only sourced from organic farms.The 'Château Mon Désir', recognised as one of the best restaurants in Mauritius, regularly renews its menu with seasonal produce. Its famous ‘Sunday Brunch’ offers a wide array of delicacies on a sumptuous buffet as well as ‘à la carte’ dishes… all in a relaxed and refined atmosphere of this colonial style mansion house which transports its guests to another time…
London
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“Michelin star level dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We visited the Chateau twice during our holiday and had a superb meal on both occasions. The waiting staff were super professional yet managed to be charming at the same time. The wine list was extensive (although due for an overhaul I believe) and the quality of the food was the best we have experienced in all the many visits we have made to the island over the years. The investment in a 3star rated Michelin chef to overhaul the menu and provide culinary expertise is very evident. The setting is glorious and the prices no higher (possibly lower) that you would pay for an evening meal in any of the local 5 star hotels. The only slight niggle we had was that smokers were using the outside terrace whilst we were eating on the upper deck so that we were inhaling smoke from time to time. Maybe something the Management could resolve by creating a more appropriate place for smokers?

Visited May 2014
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“Lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We were staying in the hotel the restaurant is attached to. This restaurant is one of the best I've ever eaten in. The food is outstanding and the staff very attentive and friendly. We ate there twice during our stay and found each experience to be fantastic. If I ever find myself back in Mauritius, I'm going back here again!

Visited June 2014
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Farnham Common, United Kingdom
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“sunday brunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We ate here for the Sunday brunch. The choice of food was excellent and you could have some specific cooked food from the menu and additionally you could eat from the buffet. The atmosphere is very calming, we did not get rushed and we had the table from 11am and we left around 2.30. During all this time the waiter ensured we were looked after. We chose the brunch session as during the evening it is very formal and the menu is from their ala carte choice. If staying at the Maratim hotel you will need to pay a supplement if you are on an all inclusive deal to eat here. I also attended a great activity; we were able to go to the kitchen and help cook a Mauritian meal and then got to eat this in the restaurant. Well worth doing this.

Visited June 2014
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Manchester, UK
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“Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

Been here three times whilst staying at the Maratim hotel of which it is part.

We used the hotels Gourmet Pass which costs approx £130 for two people to eat 3 times so only about £45 per meal, and you get to have your AI drinks so no additional cost. I have seen reviews where people complain about paying £200 a head, but clearly they didn't need to spend that amount had they simply bought the pass.

Now down tot the place itself, wonderful setting amongst the ruins, great views from atop the hill over them.

French chateau style setting, all silver service stuff, very high class.

It starts with an amuse bouche from the chef, and warm breads with 3 different butters.

I had one of the cheapest starters on the menu (mushroom soup with Champagne cream), for no other reason than it was the best soup I have ever tasted. My wife loved the lobster bisque, but the other starters we had were all excellent too.

Between the three meals we had the duck, the veal, the beef Wellington, and all were excellent. I think my favourite was the veal as it was as soft as anything and tasted wonderful.

Desserts were good too, and quite substantial (don't get too full on the bread they keep offering you).

You must have a coffee so you get the little petit fours, three (each) delightful cakes/biscuits, a lovely end to the meal.

So in summary, buy the Gourmet Pass and you can have nearly everything on the menu, with all your drinks covered (if a guest of the Maratim), you will not regret it.

Visited June 2014
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“Candlelight Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

What a wonderful dining experience, superb quality of food, setting and service. The Chateau is a beautiful place, very serene and a dining experience to have

Visited May 2014
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