Saturday, 9 September 2017

Lakaz Maman Bedford Place Southampton 4th September 2017

Lakaz Maman was opened by Masterchef 2012 winner Shelina Permalloo and has loads of vegan options on the menu.   The name Lakaz Maman is a Mauritian Creole word for "Mum's House" and they serve modern Mauritian street food, in relaxed and informal surroundings.

They do not have a drinks licence, so have a BYO policy with a £5 corkage charge for a bottle of wine.   There is a Sainsburys Local nearly right next door, so we bought a very nice bottle of Macon Villages to take with us.

Lakaz Maman is bright, colourful with a chilled out atmosphere and there were a few people already dining, when we arrived on a Monday night.

We had crunchy chilli balls made with yellow split peas called gajaks and aubergine fritters to start, served with chilli dipping sauce, both were delicious with a punch of chilli, crisp and light, without being greasy.   

Lakaz Maman offer a range of sauces for sale, all clearly labelled as vegan, which is fantastic and when it says hot on the label, it means it.

Main course was aubergine and cashew nut rougaille, a stew in a rich Creole tomato sauce, served with rice and herb chutney.

This was a delicious dish, not too spicy but packed with flavour and I loved the herb chutney, I left a clean plate.   I was too full for pudding, but complimentary pineapple was brought, as a palate cleanser.

I really enjoyed the meal, but did not like the speed the food was brought out, as soon as our starter plates were cleared, our main courses were brought out.   My other issue was the staff clearing up around us, even putting upturned chairs on the tables, albeit they did ask if we objected, but would you really say yes.   I appreciate it was a Monday night, but the evening was far too rushed, as they obviously wanted to get us out, which made you feel like you had to leave.

We visit Southampton regularly, as its the cruise port for P&O cruises, but based on this experience, not sure I would revisit.

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