Halal food and restaurants in Mauritius

As Muslims are a minority in Mauritius, it means that halal food and restaurants CANNOT BE FOUND EVERYWHERE.

There are many traps about halal food in Mauritius. Since restaurants are well-aware that Muslims are the biggest consumers of food, they tend to hide their own identities in order to sell their products. So, just a simple “Halal food here!” does NOT mean it is halal. Just because you see lots of Muslims eating at a place DOES NOT MEAN it is halal.

Many fast food outlets are not halal. You must ask for the halal certificate and read it well!

The good news is : There are more and more halal restaurants scattered in Beau-Bassin, Rose-Hill and Quatre-Bornes nowadays. For Muslim tourists there is one halal beach restaurant at Flic-en-Flac, owned by Muslims.  Most wholesale butchers in Mauritius are Muslims. There are many Muslims who are owners of snacks, restaurants and even street vendors and we thank them very much for doing such great jobs!

For those who are very strict about eating proper food, they should be concerned about what Allah says in the Quran in Surah Maaidah. We have been given permission to eat from the people of the book but we have not been given to extend this permission to others. So, your first choice is to look for Muslims who own restaurants and if you can’t find any in your neighbourhood, then you can eat from the people of the book. Rest assume though that the food is halal



Let us fear Allah in its proper way by searching for the right knowledge before we satisfy our desire for tasty food!!!

They are mostly found in Muslims’ regions such as Plaine-Verte and Rue Desforges in Port-Louis, at Pailles and Phoenix [mainly]. They are also available in other regions, however, bear in mind that you need to ask if they are Muslims because in many places non halal food are served as halal!!!

A Muslim halal restaurant should have his cook, his waiters and servers as believers who understand the importance of saying bismillah and cooking the food with the right ingredient. It is contradictory to have a Muslim owner who hire non Muslim as cook since the latter does not understand the importance of halal!!!


There are also some fast foods which provide halal food but please see their certificates. The best thing, when you are not sure, is to eat fish [hey…yes]!!! The famous fish and chips and I hope the ingredients are all halal.

We hope that hotels provide more and more halal food for Muslim tourists in our country and that they take into consideration that halal food should not be served next to pork ….They should NOT PUT PORK NEXT TO CHEESE AND SO FORTH as it is in some hotels!!!! it is the duty of Muslims [if they see these] to report the case with the manager of the hotel !!!! because our duty is to spread good and to prohibit evil in our society.

However, we should NEVER be misled by Indian restaurants which propose vegetarian food etc for halal restaurants. Vegetarian food are NOT necessarily halal. Beware!!!

There is nothing more disgusting than to go to a fast food which is supposed to offer halal food, but their waiters/receptionists have a dirty look and unclean appearance…..!!!! How is it possible that we have become a passive permissive community who accepts everything and talk behind? You just don’t need to eat at places who accept waiters and workers who wear dirty clothes, have horrible look, with long dirty nails…..I don’t need to give you a whole picture. As believers, it is your duty to stop being passive. What you eat has a direct effect on your brain, your soul and of course your eman!

Muslims should not fall in the trap of many restaurants owners who propose halal food while they do not possess any halal certificate!!!! Or those restaurants whose owners are Muslims but employ non-Muslims to take care of their restaurants…..

“I have seen many Muslims passively accept what the hotels propose. It is up to them to contribute to to help hotel managers understand that it is high time to offer halal food in restaurants as there are more and more Muslims worldwide who travel” – important notice.

I remember a case when I was in South Africa. I paid the hotel including breakfast and as I came down for breakfast, there were chicken and beef but they were NOT halal. And many Muslims were eating!!! What were they eating? Only having bread, butter and cheese and a cup of tea while they have paid for a buffet!!! Or are they eating haram without caring? Anyway, Allah knows best but they were all very passive. And I decided to ask the cook and he told me that clients should put their orders on the eve, so that they may be served halal food!!! This is a good idea and this is how Muslims should handle things when they book a hotel.The first thing is to ask for halal food. The first thing is to show your concern about eating halal. If you don’t care, no one will care for you!!!

By the way, you should know that haram does not imply only pork. It implies such things that are prohibited by Islam, such as sacrificing an animal not in the name of Allah, naming another god or gods instead of saying: Bismillah [in the name of Allah], animal blood in the food, having wine or any alcoholic drinks in the food, even those animals that are not allowed to be eaten such as monkeys…or any ingredients that contain such things as pork, wine or blood. What about food cross-contamination? What if they are cooking halal chicken in the same recipient that contain blood or pork?

Based on this fact, do you sincerely believe that a non-Muslim will cook food for you in the name of Allah???? Do you think that a non-Muslim who himself/herself eats haram will dutifully cook halal for you, take all the necessary precaution to cook your food separately so that there is no cross-contamination

We find this in Bangkok where owners publicize their products halal yet they are owned by non-Muslims who have no idea about halal. Unfortunately, many Muslims, when it comes to eating and having a good time around a table, DO NOT CARE WHAT THEY EAT. They do not verify and do not care to verify. How can people neglect a Muslim restaurant which provides halal and prefer a non-Muslim restaurant which serves alcohol drinks ? They do this because they do not read the Quran and do not understand that food has a higher objective  than taste and pleasure!!!


Do you, as Muslims know what is halal? Do you know why it is important to eat halal? Do you know why the slaughtering of animals in a halal way is important for your health?

Do you really care what you eat? Do you really care about the environment in which you are eating? Do you care whether you are eating among many idols while you are supposed to reject idols? Do you care to eat in a place where all kinds of music and songs are being played in your ears and in the ears of your children or babies? Do you care that your babies record these satanic words in their innocent minds while  you are happy eating and drinking among people who are swearing, smoking, drinking alcohol?

Unfortunately, the world has become so ignorant nowadays. We see intellectual Muslims who do not care about halal anymore and who even propose other Muslims to eat at non-Muslim restaurants,; we see Muslims who care to cook halal food at home but once they are outside, they do not care anymore….

We are commanded to take  the pure, wholesome and legal food and drink that Allah in His Mercy and Bounty has provided us and abstain from all the harmful, corrupt, unclean, and filthy. One of the general principles of Islam is that all that is good, pure and beneficial is allowed, and all that is evil, filthy, unclean and harmful is forbidden.

So please, let’s care more about what we are eating and let us fear Allah in the way He should be feared. Give the proper signals to restaurants so that they may improve  their food, their employees, the service…..

Any suggestions and positive answers are most welcomed for tourists in Mauritius




  1. Imtiaz said,

    June 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    asalaam my sister. My wife has booked for us a trip to Mauritius at the Long Beach Golf and Spa resort. They say they are Halaal Friendly but I wanted to check with you if you perhaps have an idea of how this or any other hotel perceive and define “halaal friendly” as i am afraid of cross contamination. Should I rather contact the hotel to make arrangements?



    • ammaara said,

      June 27, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      wa alaykum salam brother. Firs, let me clarify something. Our hotels offer a variety of food as well as alcoholic drinks. Among those food, there may be pork as well. Halal friendly means that you will have a choice among the haram, to choose what is halal. For example, when you ask for an omelette, they will ask you what to put in your omelette and they will use another recipient or wash it in front of you….

      So, if you are coming to the Long Beach hotel [which is a nice one], you MUST make prior arrangements with the hotel that you eat HALAL and by halal you mean, food that are strictly cooked and separated from pork or any other thing that can contaminate your food

      By doing this, you are not only protecting yourself from the anger of Allah, but you are saving many ingorant muslims too and you are sensitizing hotel managers to prepare halal food with a conscious mind.


      Secondly, note that in Port-Louis [the capital], especially at Rue Desforges you will have plenty of Muslim stalls/ and Muslim food is available at Bagatelle Mall too.

      I pray your stay will be very productive and efficient and that you will enjoy Mauritius


    • Bashir said,

      May 7, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Assalam bro , u have already spent ur holidays so these are belated advices . DO NOT eat foods at hotels . They are all haram . Have been near their kitchen . Muslims cannot eat there . There is always cross contamination . Eat outside . They are cheaper and certified halal . Lots of halal products in Mauritius .


  2. shafia ismail said,

    October 9, 2016 at 3:10 pm


    Any muslim owned hotels that cater for halaal foods?


    • ammaara said,

      October 13, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      There certainly are, I mean Muslims own appartments or hostels in Grand Baie and other regions. However, the big hotels are normally not owned by Muslims as far as I know. Anyway, if you take a non-Muslim hotel, you can decide to buy breakfast or lunch from Muslim restaurants nearby. Hope I have answered your questions.


      • Shafia said,

        October 14, 2016 at 3:55 am

        Thanks for taking time to answer me


    • ammaara said,

      October 13, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Are you coming to Mauritius soon, dear Shafia Ismail?


      • Shafia said,

        October 14, 2016 at 3:54 am

        Alhumdulillah in January


  3. Shafia said,

    November 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Inshallah in January . Would like to stay near halaal foods .


  4. Mohamed said,

    July 14, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Assalaamu alaikum.

    I am coming to Mauritius in the last ten days of July 2017. Is there halaal restaurants, takeaways, food stalls or supermarkets/butchers in Pereybere?



    • ammaara said,

      July 18, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Wa alaykum salam wa Rahmatullah,

      Pereybere is not far from Grand Bay. There is Super U hypermarket to buy whatever you need in terms of ustensils, fruits, frozen food, canned food etc. Remember one thing: often non Muslims do not know what is halal, and when you ask them: they say yes yes!!!
      if you find Muslims selling biryani, then you know this is halal and if you buy with muslims, there is no problem. I do not recommend you buy cooked food at Grand Bay and Pereybere even if it is written halal by non Muslims. In fruit cocktails, which is cheap and common in the street, non Muslims add beer or other alcoholic drinks for fermentation but they are not honest to tell you the truth. You can eat at Nandos, la Croisette mall, may be Ocean basket for fish…. but to tell you honestly, if you are cooking your own food, then come to Port-Louis Grand Bazaar to buy your fresh meat and chicken, you are sure to get halal. It is cheaper. You can buy fresh vegetables and whatever you need. Grand Bazaar is also a tourist must-go place. But if you come to Port-Louis, visit rue Desforges near Plaine Verte, there are plenty of Muslim restaurants: street stalls for kebabs, dholl purri, faratas…..do send me a feedback after you leave Mauritius, would be pleased to hear from you again

      the weather is cool and fresh so in sha Allah, you and your family will enjoy your stay



  5. Fathima said,

    November 11, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Salaams my sister . I am coming to Mauritius in December and staying at troux beach and paradis hotels. Any well recommended halaal restaurants near by?


    • ammaara said,

      November 13, 2017 at 7:53 am

      Wa alaykum salam Fathima,
      Do you mean Trou aux biches which is found in the district of Pamplemousses? And do you mean the beachcomber hotel?
      You may check your hotel coupon for the right address. So, if it is, you will be in a touristic region where halal food is scarce.

      My advice
      Send a request or private mail to the hotel tell them that you eat halal food and that you are afraid of cross-contamination of food [which is very important]. They will happily take your request into consideration. This will avoid that they cook your omelet in the same recipient for ham etc or they add alcohol in your dessert. As you know ALCOHOL is widely used in a variety of vegetarian and fish/meat/chicken menus

      Second, there may be some few halal outlets at Grand Bay. There may be some street vendors nearby. So, you may need to take the bus. However my advice is always to eat at Muslim restaurants. If you can’t find such, then from the people of the Book.


      you may check my other articles about halal https://ammaarauddeen.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/mauritius-where-to-get-halal-food/

      wishing you a pleasant stay in Mauritius



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