Where India has the spices and the floating palace of Jaipur, it is in Mauritius where you will discover the Maharaja of Indian cuisine. With his expert knowledge of fusion dining, Chef Ramesh Bundi takes you on a gourmet journey. The Safran restaurant is one of Le Touessrok’s jewels.
The menu of Safran represents the essence of Mauritian cooking and the influence of Indian food is what makes your experience as one of the top ten cuisine experiences that every discerning traveler to the island must savour.
The atmosphere of Safran animates to life as the executive waiters waft around tempering your experience with some exciting traditional drinks. The sweet Lassi is highly recommended. The layout of Safran allows one to have a view of the kitchen and one can watch as Chef Ramesh Bundi expertly and with fluid movement creates your masterpiece choice of food. The tandoor oven which is a standard at any Indian restaurant is only as good at the chef and this hails true as Bundi slips three pieces of dough and within a few minutes three types of Indian breads for your ‘naan’ – bread basket with distinct tastes of the varied Indian states emerges; cheese and onion, peshawari and the garlic & coriander.
The menu of Safran allows you to create a magical journey of Indian cuisine fused with tastes of Mauritius and Europe in a single evening at Safran. A traditional sweetened lassi reminded me of the ritual of a Muslim occasion where it is customary for any meal to begin with a sweetened palate. For an aperitif, I felt the taste of South Africa’s Klein Zalze Chardonnay was a perfect companion for my Tandoori Salmon dish, marinated with yogurt and mustard and pan seared scallop. The tandoori spice is generally used with preparing chicken and I was confident in this selection as Bundi did explain his craft of the spices created ‘a visionary taste of Europe and India’. I was also tempted to taste the much talked about chicken kebab’s. The kebab platter is made up of 3 distinct tastes of mint coriander, chilly and ginger chicken. The accompaniment of the starter is matched with a selection of chutneys. Our executive waiter had presented Bundi’s world famous dishes but not without giving us a tour of our cuisine journey.
Each dish is explained which gave our palates the thrilling temptation to experience the spell of Le Touessrok’s Safran. For the main course I indulged in the Mangalorean style prawn curry poached in spiced coconut milk and chilli aromatic coconut rice. This dish is representative of the cuisine that you would find in Karnataka. Mangalorean cuisine is well known for their distinct flavor. In general, the Mangalorean recipes are quite spicy and fresh coconut is an integral part of these recipes.
Any fine dining affair is not complete without entertainment and accompanying the sitar musician was fusion music with a distinct European appeal that had our aural experience completed with the Indian experience of Chef Ramesh Bundi’s Safran.
About Chef Ramesh Bundi
Ramesh hailing from Bangalore in Southern India has experience in both traditional & contemporary Indian cuisines. Having been trained by Michelin starred Indian Chefs in London, Ramesh taken Indian cuisine to greater heights & world recognition. During his culinary journey with Le Touessrok, he has travelled extensively to Europe to promote the contemporary Indian cuisine that has won Safran numerous accolades.
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