My wife and I are on a last big holiday before our baby is born (in about 3 months). We have just stayed 5 nights in Lux Le Morne (which I will review separately) and been on half board. The whole time we've been disappointed with the food. We've now moved to the Lux Grande Gaube for our final 3 nights and elected to stay on b&b board basis. Thank goodness we did!
Just a short drive (20mins) from the hotel is Grande Baie. As we drove in there was restaurant after restaurant and none stood out or indeed looked particularly appealing. We saw Rivoli and stopped the car quite sharply. It was a bit tricky getting round the back to the car park as it's situated on a sharp turn of a main road, but it is we'll sign posted.
As we entered the restaurant we saw a beautiful, clean and very Italian look and feel. Very nice, chilled music was playing setting a lovely atmosphere. The manageress greeted us very nicely, explaining the type of food served, my favourite line being, "we don't serve Pizza, this is only Southern Italian food". I liked that because it was like she was warning us, 'don't stay unless you're ready for REAL Italian cooking.
We sat down and were given a lovely amouse bouche (sp?) and bread. The manageress then came and explained each special in detail. It was refreshing to hear her take so much pride in the food she served and also to hear it explained in near perfect English so we could fully understand.
From that point on very polite and well mannered waiters took over and we placed our order. My wife had calamari and prawn skewers to start. This was so good i had to sweet talk her to let me have as many as possible. Meanwhile I had the orchetti(think it was called this) with ragu. Such a simple dish but cooked perfectly with fresh homemade pasta and tasted Sooooo good. The my wife had spaghetti with clams in foil and this was cooked so that all the flavour in the clams infused into the spaghetti. really very tasty. I had seared tuna topped with tomatoes, olives and olive oil. I've never had tuna cooked so well and such a nice flavour.
All finished with a mocha coffee like I've never had before and a chocolate torte with chocolate ice-cream which my wife hasn't stopped talking about.
So in summary: service was excellent. Food was one of the best meals we've ever had, and definitely the best we've had in Mauritius. The manageress was very nice, very proud of her food and really interesting and nice to talk to. The restaurant was clean, very nice decor and music. The waiters were excellent.
Believe me, I am very critical, but couldn't fault it. If you at anywhere in Mauritius, make the effort to come to this restaurant. We're going back on Friday.
Hope this helps and thanks for a great meal Rivoli