Gâteaux piments ile Maurice - Mauritius

Looking for the best “gato pimen” on the island

You will notice during your trip to Mauritius many street vendors lining the sidewalks of cities and villages. With multicolored carriages, they sell snack food like samosas, faratas, dhull puris and other fried foods like “gato pimen”. These savory fritters made of crushed peas, herbs (onions tails, garlic, cotomili – local name of the coriander) and pieces of peppers are the delight of Mauritius. You can’t spend a holiday on the island without tasting!

Marchands Grand Baie Ile Maurice

Marchands Grand Baie Ile Maurice

This is where the issue gets tricky: which seller should we recommend? Where lies the best “gato pimen” on the island?

It is therefore not an easy choice ! But it is true that in Grand Baie, along the public beach, in front of restaurant La Jonque, there are several good merchants. We like “Maraze snack” but must say that his neighbor Saddam in the little blue truck sells really delicious “gato pimen” ! To eat them the mauritian way, you can dip in a chili sauce, or sandwich them in a ” pain maison” (round local bread) – that is very nourishing … – or just pick them from the paper bag.

pain maison ile maurice

pain maison ile maurice

When we think about it, many vendors come in mind : the one in Belle Mare sells really good “gato pimen”, the guy in Curepipe in his “bleu blanc rouge” charriot also worth trying… It is likely that in each village of the island there is a seller with delicious “gato pimen”. So to find the best one, it only remains to try them all!

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