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“Michelin Standard Dining in Mauritius”
Review of Le Cafe des Arts

Le Cafe des Arts
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$79 - US$102
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Unique Restaurant galerie d' Art situe dans l'ancienne usine de canne a sucre Victoria 1840 a Trou d'Eau Douce - abrite la Fondation Maniglier derniere eleve de Matisse - gastronomie francaise faisant belle part aux prodruits frais de l'ile tels que langoustes entieres , filet de bar ou de bourgeois, poissons en croute de sel ,coeurs de palmistes frais braises ou en tartare accompagnes de Gambas geants poeles au Sauvignon Blanc ou d'un carpaccio de Dorade Coriphene, Chateaubriand Black Angus d'Australie, confit de Canard de Madagascar ect sauces servies a part - A la carte et sur reservation a partir de 19 hr 30. Possibilite de dejeuner sur reservation 24 hr a l'avance. Nous sommes specialises dans l'organisation de soirees privees et evenementielles haut de gamme eg : General Electric, Thomson Reuters , Canal Plus ect . .. Soirees Jazz a la demande. Boen a vous, Jocelyn Gonzalez
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Sometimes the most amazing experiences are the ones that take you by surprise.

Since our package at Shangri-La Le Touessrok only includes breakfast, we find ourselves looking for options in the Trou d'eau Douce area for lunches and dinners. A quick search on the internet yields a couple of results which include a mysterious sounding Café des Arts. The information online describes the restaurant as a French fine dining eatery so we decide to give it a go.

Le Café des Arts is truly an off the beaten track gem. The building is an old sugar estate which has been refurbished into a restaurant but could easily have been an art gallery. The old stone bricks are still there, as well as a well maintained reflection pool.

We are greeted by the owner, Jocelyn Gonzales, at the front door and he ushers us to a sitting area for an apéritif and a gaze through the menu. The music playing in the background is a mixture of classic Chanson Française and contemporary jazz/blues. The walls are covered in paintings done by Jocelyn's mother.

After our drinks, we are led by our waiter to the dining area for our 4 course meal. Every detail has been perfectly thought out here from the placing of cutlery on the table to the serving of sauces separately to the dishes as they come out.

I won't tell you too much about the dishes so as not to spoil the surprise but I will say that everything we ordered was perfectly prepared, balanced and presented.

Our waiter was very attentive throughout the meal and Jocelyn frequently dropped by our table to make sure everything was going perfectly.

We have been to Michelin starred restaurants in Europe and North America and I have to say that this 3 hour experience would rival some of the best we've had.

If you are after an intimate curated dining experience, Le Café des Arts is the one for you. There are not many restaurants like this in Mauritius. In fact, this one might just be in a league of its own.

Thank MelbourneAndCheese
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Jocelyn G, Propriétaire at Le Cafe des Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Dear Guests, Greetings from Mauritius !
Thank you so much for your kind review. Whaou Michelin Starred ? At Cafe des Arts we focus on personal service and attention of details . Art - Culinary and Senses linked with friendly casual service.
May I take this opportunity to wish you and family all the best for 2018.
Kindest regards,
Jocelyn & Café des Arts Team.

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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

We visited the restaurant for lunch with our 5 adult children, to celebrate our forthcoming wedding at Le Touesserok. We enjoyed a fantastic meal, the setting is both unique and gorgeous with a lovely ambience. We were looked after like ‘royalty’ by Jocelyn and his team and thoroughly enjoyed every course. This was a real highlight of our holiday and I will certainly return if we come back to Mauritius. Thank you Jocelyn for your exceptional hospitality.

Thank Jenny H
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Jocelyn G, Propriétaire at Le Cafe des Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Dear Jenny and Family,
It was so great pleasure to open Café des Arts at lunch for this special party.Thank you for your kind review - hope you have a fantastic weeding.
Congratulations !
I will be pleased to welcome you and family next year to celebrate your frist wedding anniversary.
Kind regards,
Jocelyn & Café des Arts Team

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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

We have been here twice during our stay on Mauritius as we enjoyed food and atmosphere so much. First time alone, second time with friends of us.
Atmosphere is fantastic and very special. Service absolutely top and very personal. Food the best we had for a long time.
The prices are very high but definitely okay for what you get. I usually don’t give five stars as that would mean ‚perfect-nothing could be better‘ ‚ but the Café des Arts certainly deserve the highest ranking.

Thank frankfurfun
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Jocelyn G, Propriétaire at Le Cafe des Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for your kind review.
We were very pleased to welcome you twice during your stay.
Hope to see you during your next trip.
With kind regrads,
Jocelyn and Café des Arts Team

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Reviewed 30 September 2017

The most genuine, warm, generous host who's sole objective is to give you the most memorable dining experience.
Our evening was full of the unexpected.
I don't want to give too much detail to the evening, so there are still surprises left for you to discover and enjoy.

Thank Dale04
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Jocelyn G, Propriétaire at Le Cafe des Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Dear Guests,
Thank you so much for your kind review.
It was a great pleasure to welcome you at Café des Arts for this enjoyable evening.
I would like to wish you a nice stay .
Looking forward to see you soon.
With kind regards
Jocelyn & Café des Arts Team

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Recently spent 2 weeks at the Constance Belle Mare Plage in a beach villa, in order to break the monotony we asked Sharma our butler for a recommendation for dinner and this is what he came up with

Our taxi driver collected us and approx' 15 minutes later he drove past the most impressive Banyan tree to an old sugar mill which was to be our refuge for the night

Jocelyn greeted us at the door after we had been given face towels by his staff, what an amazing homage to his artist Mother, Matisse's last pupil, he has restored/built here, with her art decorating every wall

Pre dinner G&T's and a cigar whilst ordering, duck, steak and lobster for the 3 of us, great food, great wine and probably the most convivial host we have ever enjoyed

We told the taxi driver he would be waiting 2 hours, Jocelyn sent him out food/coffee after 3 hours and we woke him after 4.5 hours to take us home as Jocelyn insisted we had an after dinner drink with him, followed by another bottle of wine, again provided by Jocelyn

This was a 20,000 rupee night, so be warned, Jocelyn also has a gallery in Monaco and one in Paris so he's not doing it for the money, he's doing it for the experience, and that was worth every penny, thank you Jocelyn, and your staff/chef for a wonderful evening!

Thank Cainy1965
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Jocelyn G, Propriétaire at Le Cafe des Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Dear Guests,
Thank you so much for your kind review. It's pleasure to welcome guests involved in Art & Gastronomie like you, I and Cafe des Arts Team appreciate a lot.
It was thoroughly enjoyable and so nice to welcome you for this special ambience.
Please pass my best regards to your family.
It would be good to see you if you come back to Mauritius one day.
Thank you,
Kindest Regards,
Jocelyn

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