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Visited Linda’s place based on TripAdvisor reviews as it was only ten minutes from our hotel. Don’t expect fancy, high-end dining; here you will feel welcomed into the owners home to enjoy some home cooked dishes. Booking is a must, you can WhatsApp the restaurant...number to do so. We enjoyed local Mauritian curries made personally by Linda and explained in detail by her son. Remember to take cash as no cards accepted!More
Well if anyone has any humble pie i will eat it!
I left a poor review although it doesn't seem to be on TA yet due to the poor communication about opening times as we arrived on a couple of occasions to find this exclusive...restaurant closed, However we were on our way to Pereybere where we have eaten before anf my wife Sue come on lets try again, which we did and viola it was open.
We met the son of Linda who was superb in pointing out beforehand what they had and did not have what was local and international food. He explained the food we were going to eat in detail a great man.
I decided on the Coco fish curry which was so far the best meal I have had on this beautiful island. It was delicious!
Price wise for the 2 of us just main meal and 2 bottles of water MUR 800 much better in the quality, quantity and taste than the local Mauritian restaurant in Grande Gaube.
So the moral of the story.....One swallow doesn't make a summer! We will return to this unique place, ThanksMore
This place is awesome....from the great hosts to the great cuisine....it was just amazing!! We had the curry chicken and fish samosa as appetizer. The other couple also had the curry chicken but they also had the Tajine chicken and a prawn appetizer. Everyone just...enjoyed their food and the company. The hosts kept coming back to our table to just chat and chill with us. They just made us feel like we were locals which is always a great feeling. I am sorry but I didn't get to remember their names but we will definitely go back next week to try some of the home made rum and a desert (probably 2 or 3 or 4 or all)!!!
We even have a story to tell (and remember) about a broken chair..... ;)More
AT LINDA’S PLACE, 1 starter, 2 mains, 1 dessert, 2 cocktails, 1 beer: MUR1800 ($US50, £42, AED185).
Calling At Linda’s Place a restaurant is partially misleading. The word “restaurant” feels formal just in name. Perhaps it is why we started to see places reach for...the thesaurus in search of familiarity, warmth and democratising our want to go out to eat. Michelin chefs pivoted away from their stars to open a ‘social’, a gastropub, a townhouse.
A subtle nuance that shed the ‘restaurant concept’ of preconceptions. It is a bolt cutter that emancipates the owner of:
• heavy, luxurious velvet draft shielding curtains
• menus written solely in a language foreign to the country in which it is based
• biblically long wine menus
• cutlery table settings resembling a sterilised surgical tray
You get the point.
So step forward a venture into dining casual whose only passing resemblance to a restaurant is the presence of tables, chairs and food in exchange for payment. Crossing the threshold At Linda’s Place is to step into a living room. Warm, incandescent sunset walls juxtaposed with cooling teal and decorated with crafts and souvenirs gifted by customers. You could be forgiven into believing this was the Swiss consulate with the number of Swiss flags. We learned that Linda was born in Switzerland so these flags regularly appear as offerings to the chef.
Linda’s Place screams of unpretentious casual, kick-your-shoes-off and get comfortable. There is an outside seating area, cozy nook made for drinking with friends and photos and pictures on the wall.
Our host for the evening is Linda’s son: Andy. He walks us through the menu dish by dish. It’s a tale of two hemispheres up north is Creole and the south is international. However, not everything is available today. Our host tells us Linda will only prepares the curried fish if a certain type of fish is available in the market; today was not our day. Some will snub this idea and in another place I would feel the same. This somehow feeds into the acceptance by me that this is not a ‘restaurant’.
A broad selection of flavoured rums lay on a shoe rack. Our host, Andy, is to rum what Bubba was to shrimp making both me and Mrs EatGoSee his devout Forrest Gump and Lieutenant Dan. He talks with experience and to a level of detail that about local rum that shows more than just a passing interest. It’s a clear passion reflected in everything from bottles and infusions. He talks about successes, failures, trial and tribulations. We sample his Banana and Haribo rum (no typo) before the arrival of our mains. We would sample this again in his one dessert on the menu.
Our crumbed prawn starters arrive thick in a rough golden crust that cracks with each bite. It is paired with two chilli sauces: one closely resembling a Thai sweet chilli and the second is a citrusy lemon chilli sauce. The latter is one of the son’s creations as he talks us through the process; apparently this type of local lemon is tricky business to work with. The starters are home-style, enjoyable and simple.
The mains of butter chicken and curried chicken both arrive with rice with sides of black lentils and a homemade apple chutney with turmeric. It’s another home style dish with generous portions: the curried leg of chicken is a hearty yellow curry. The butter chicken is boneless (if you prefer meat without bones), mild and without the third ring of hell spice that sometimes plagues this dish. There are too many curry houses worldwide that channel scovilles through butter chicken in some gastronomic test of masculinity; this is more reserved but delivers on creaminess and overall flavour.
After a long, enjoyable discussion about the comparative rum making methods of Mauritian and Trinidadian rum, we review the dessert options and settle on the only dessert Andy is allowed on the menu: vanilla ice cream with a healthy dose of mixed spiced fruit submerged into one of his handcrafted rums.... for the last six years. We obviously opted for this option. A assertive punch of alcohol is cooled with the milky ice cream leaving behind the sweet tartness of the fruit in the balance. You are left with a reminiscent Christmas pudding flavour but without the cake (gluten friendly perhaps? Don’t quote me).
Would I return to At Linda’s Place? Absolutely, in fact, I am sorely disappointed I did not come here earlier. It ticks a number of boxes. You can come here on your own and have a surprisingly engaging evening. You can come with a partner or friend especially if you like to chat with people and get to know everyone — the couple adjacent to us also became part of the conversations. You could come here with a group of friends slumped in the bar drinking homemade rum and talking to Andy all night (allowing him to get food out to people).
This is not the best food you will ever have; it is also not trying to be either. There is a welcomed departure here from the meticulously manicured swaths of Mauritius to a grounded eatery putting the family back into family restaurant. There’s enough fine dining restaurants throughout Mauritius. Sometimes it is nice to be welcomed home.More
Date of visit: August 2019
Nicolas F, Manager at At Linda's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2019
Hi Eatgosee and your Mrs.
So many thanks for your review. It went right to our hearts. My son and myself do our best to make guests feel at home and eat just the way we eat at HOME. Just a little question.... Are you...More
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They have a few lunch times starting from wed through to saturday (closed sun & mon, and open for dinner from tuesday night - saturday) sometimes theyre closed if they have a catering gig. Follow them on facebook and give... More
They have a few lunch times starting from wed through to saturday (closed sun & mon, and open for dinner from tuesday night - saturday) sometimes theyre closed if they have a catering gig. Follow them on facebook and give them a call if you want to come, they’re very accommodating.
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