Lakaz Maman is a Mauritian Creole word for ‘Mum’s House’ and the food you’ll find here is relaxing informal street food you can get messy with!
This Mauritian street food style restaurant is somewhere you can take some time to sit back and chill out while enjoying tasty fragrant dishes made from home inspired recipes.
The menu is a mix between African, Chinese, Indian and French cuisines. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are also available.
Lakaz Maman was opened in April 2016 by 2012 BBC Masterchef winner, Shelina Permalloo and husband Rachid. Southampton-born Shelina is aiming to open more branches, all inspired by her love of authentic yet modern Mauritian food.
Shelina said: “We get lots of regulars and many Mauritians travel to come here. So, every time I come in to work I feel like I am around friends and family. That is what I wanted this place to feel like.”
One of the most popular tasty choices on the menu is the Chinese Mauritian dish, ‘The Magic Bowl’. This is a delicious full-of-flavour classic rice-cased dish of oyster sauce, soy sauce ans garlic, presented as a dome and topped off with a fried egg. The dish can even be made vegan or gluten free on request.
“We have a lot of vegan options. Loads of vegans and veggies come here. Most of the menu is vegan because naturally on the island the traditions are very much steeped in the land, it is all about fruit and veg. Growing up we never really had a tag named vegan,” Shelina explained.
“I aim to make the dishes really authentic, so it reflects the island but I also want them to have a modern twist. I feel there isn’t yet any kind of modern Mauritian, kitchen diner anywhere in the UK.”
A starter or side to try at Lakaz Maman is the Squash Bhaji. The dish has gems of fresh mango placed around the Bhaji, and is topped with a drizzle of minty yoghurt sauce.
Another popular dish is the Mutton Paradise Burger – made with pulled mutton, spring onions and tamarind.
Homemade sauces are sold in the restaurant, including the sweet and fruity mango lime chilli sauce. Other selections are made up of spicier condiments for those who prefer a little kick!
The classic house curries are light and fragrant, with flavours of coconut and aromatic spices. The restaurant prides itself on making its own curry blend from scratch, with the recipe in one of Shelina’s very first cook books.
The most loved sweet dish is the Yummy Coco Bun – a soft milk bun filled with coconut ice cream, pistachio and salted caramel.
The feeling when sitting inside this restaurant is tropical and somewhere with just the right ambience. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends and enjoy some tasty food!
Speaking to OnTheScene about the restaurant, Shelina emphasised the importance of atmosphere and why customers should visit.
“…Just sit back and relax while enjoying authentic Mauritian street food with a modern twist!”
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