Last week I had the pleasure of attending the first of Taste Mauritius supper clubs. Founder Selina Periampillai offers private catering and supper clubs all over London.
The dinner I attended was hosted at her home in Croydon, the supper club consisted of starters, main dishes and a dessert, all made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. With the help of ‘Mama Choo’, she put together a fantastic 3 course dinner that left us full and satisfied.
We had a small food bloggers meet-up and a total of twelve diners at two table. With Selina’s husband, her mum and in-laws, it felt more like a big family reunion and there was a lovely and warm atmosphere!
We arrived at the dinner just after 7pm and had the time for a rum cocktail before sitting down for dinner. The starters consisted in crispy Chilli Cakes (Gateaux Piment) and Aubergine Fritters (Gateau Bringele), some aromatic Coriander Chutney and a fresh Cucumber Salad.
The main course was impressive – I was glad that I had eaten very little all day and prepared my stomach for this beautiful feast!
The cuisine of Mauritius is a blend of Creole, Chinese, European and Indian influences. As a main course we had Chicken curry (Cari Poulet), Potato and Butterbean curry (Grois Pois), Tomato Chutney (Rougaille) and lentil flat bread (Dhall Pouri) – though they might be inspired by Southern Indian cuisine, the Mauritian recipes have their own distinctive flavours and taste – more delicate and sweet.
Also the way of eating the bread is very different from India, as we were told to make a wrap with it, rather than dip pieces in the curry.
As part of the main course, we also tried an exotic vegetable named Chou Chou, a coconut paste (Chatini Coco), pilau rice and pickles.
Yummy Choo Eats’ Supper Club was my first encounter with Mauritian culture and it is clear that food is an important part of it. I wish Selina a great success in promoting Mauritian cuisine in London, this dinner was certainly a great start!