London bistro Blanchette travels to the sun-drenched shores of Mauritius this month, bringing a taste of its Soho and Brick Lane restaurants to Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok resort. The pop-up, running from April 17 to May 19, is its first international foray – and will feature original menus fusing French cuisine with local Mauritian ingredients.
Blanchette’s signature belle époque style will set the scene with flowers, candlelight and chic table settings against the impressive backdrop of Le Touessrok’s Republik Beach Club & Grill. Adding to the mise en scène will be playlists by Blanchette co-owner Malik Alary – a mix of nu-disco, funk soul and new wave – as well as DJ sets by Jade de Lavareille, who will be in residence at the resort from April 17 to May 1.
Diners seated for lunch and dinner will be treated to seasonal fare by Blanchette’s chef-director Tam Storrar and Republik Beach Club & Grill’s chef de cuisine Jean François Ladine as they enjoy vistas of the Indian Ocean. A typical lunch tasting menu (1,350R, about £29.50) includes signature dishes of cheese beignets with onion confit, and sharing plates of tuna tartare with thyme; aubergine and lemon; frites with béarnaise sauce; and light desserts such as passionfruit vacherin and fruit sorbet.
For dinner, expect an à la carte feast of monkfish with roasted pumpkin; classic moules marinière with ventrènche (pork belly), white wine and cream; and steaks with sauce poivrade (though the menu is likely to change depending on availability of produce). Sides of harissa roasted carrots and green bean salads with foie gras drizzled with walnut dressing will complement the spread. Vegetarians are also indulged with a tasting menu (about £59) of baked spiced tomato and cauliflower flatbread with cashew aïoli; butternut squash stuffed with duxelles; and a decadent chocolate dacquoise for dessert.