A Mauritian street kitchen in Southampton that I’ve only heard good things about, but that I have never got round to visiting is Lakaz Maman. Lakaz Maman was opened in 2016 by Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo and offers a fantastic choice of Mauritian cuisine options on the menu. The other weekend I was lucky enough to take a visit with Sotonbloggers for brunch, where we got to try some of the latest additions to their brunch menu.
As soon as you enter the Mauritian street food restaurant you’re immediately greeted with a bright, happy interior, the kind of interior that is a little bit different and makes you smile. You immediately feel as if you are at home, which relates back to Lakaz Maman, which means Mum’s house in Mauritian Creole.
Shelina has completely transformed an old chicken shop into something that is completely her own, and has done an incredible job doing so. She hosted the brunch herself starting the event by introducing herself and her team, and ending the brunch with a fabulous Q&A session. It was an amazing chance to find out a little more about her Masterchef experience, Mauritian food and to just really take in the whole of Lakaz Maman. If you like the sound of somewhere like this but don’t live in Southampton then it may be worth having a look at her two recipe books she has written too, providing a taste of the type of amazing food on offer here.
After the introductions and the standard blogger photo taking we were all super excited to get trying the brunch menu. It was very difficult to choose what to go for, for my brunch, but as I’m not the biggest fan of spice I ended up opting for the Breakfast Torpedo*, a turkey bacon, chicken sausage, fried egg and Mauritian salsa muffin.
Above, this is the one featured in the middle, and oh my, I’m so glad I went for this option. The array of flavours was something that I wasn’t sure on, being a fussy person, but they really worked well together. I didn’t add the additional sauce on the side as I am I wuss and was told it was quite spicy, but this was honestly a delightful dish full of so much taste.
Other favourites among the group included the Cinnamon Toast with Coconut & Tropical Fruits (pictured to the left) and Breakfast Eggs (pictured to the right). Both looked delicious and are so different from anything I’ve ever seen or tried, I really love the uniqueness.
Alongside these three dishes, there are actually another four on the brunch menu so if you were to visit, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your taste. They are all warm options that each cost £6.95 which I think is very reasonable.
Alongside our brunch there were a couple of drink choices on the table for us to try, the first being Alooda. Alooda is a mix of vanilla, coconut milk and basil seeds and is an incredibly tropical drink, perfect if you love coconut. I went for the other option, Panakon, which was a mix of Mauritian lemon and tamarind. I actually thought it had a ginger taste to it, it was an incredibly refreshing drink that seemed to awaken your taste senses.
I absolutely loved my visit to Lakaz Maman, and honestly can’t believe I hadn’t gotten round to visiting sooner. If you happen to be Southampton any time soon, I highly recommend making a trip to Lakaz Maman, you won’t regret it.
Have you been to Lakaz Maman before, or tried Mauritian food?