‘Lakaz Maman’ is a Mauritian Creole phrase meaning ‘Mum’s House’ – which perfectly describes the relaxed, cosy atmosphere of Lakaz Maman. Owned and run by Shelina Permalloo, this Mauritian street food restaurant is full of colour and serves up some truly delicious food.
Shelina won BBC’s Masterchef back in 2012 – so you know straight away that the food’s going to be top notch! I was kindly invited along with a group of Southampton Bloggers (created and run by the lovely Alice Spake) to experience the new breakfast menu at Lakaz Maman.
The decor is all so beautiful and colourful – so I couldn’t resist taking photos of EVERYTHING!
Shelina has written two cookbooks (both of which look fabulous) and judging by the grub she serves up, these are well worth checking out if you like fresh flavours and colourful dishes. You can find them here and here.
This is Shelina! She was so friendly and inspirational, and spent a little time chatting to us about her time on Masterchef, how she set up her restaurant and her food. She’s a Southampton local, so decided to open up her first restaurant back in her hometown.
When they bought the restaurant space, it was originally a greasy chicken shop that had been abandoned for 2 years. They have succeeded in transforming a derelict building into a beautiful, cosy restaurant that has a real home-from-home feeling to it.
On to the food… there was a selection of breakfast dishes to choose from, all with authentic Mauritian flavours and modern twists on classics.
There was Cinnamon Toast with Coconut & Tropical Fruits – pictured below. It was so tasty! I’m a huge cinnamon fan already, and this toast was so warming. The fresh mango cut through the sweetness of the caramel sauce and the flavours were just fantastic. Definitely worth ordering one of these to share!
I opted for the Breakfast Eggs – perfectly poached in a rich, spicy tomato sauce and with a warm roti for dipping. This was very, very good indeed – a dish I am definitely going to try and recreate at home! Delicious and comforting, perfect for a leisurely Sunday morning.
Another offering was Sweetcorn Fritters – a very colourful dish that looked amazing. Served with avocado and a salsa topping, I can’t think of a better combination of flavours!
And last, but by no means least, the mighty Breakfast Torpedo. With chicken sausages, turkey bacon, salsa and a perfectly fried egg, this is a perfect brunch option – one for the meat lovers out there!
I was thoroughly impressed by the food, atmosphere and decor, and Shelina was so welcoming and friendly. I’d highly recommend a visit if you find yourself in Southampton for the day – Lakaz Maman is a 15 minute walk from West Quay, so perfect if you’re out shopping for the day.
Shelina was kind enough to give us a goodie bag each – I’m excited to try her homemade curry powder, granola and chilli sauce.
Get yourself to Lakaz Maman, or if you’re local you can order a Deliveroo. You’re welcome!