Heritage Le Chateau gives eating local a modern twist

With its recently inaugurated 17-acre vegetable garden, Heritage Le Château is literally going green. Frédéric Gille, its new director, is passionately committed to promoting local produce, and has invited us to discover the wonderful ingredients that grace the Château’s menu. Eating local and organic also benefits small producers, helps reduce your carbon footprint and is an opportunity to savour local delicacies. So go ahead, treat yourself… guilt-free!

A focus on fresh produce

Focus on fresh produce at Heritage Le Chateau

Lettuce varieties including batavia, romaine, arugula and oakleaf grow in abundance at Heritage Le Château. But they aren’t the garden’s only residents: alongside them thrive sweet potato, cucumber, eggplant, squash, brèdes songes, papaya and arouille (taro). Herbs will be added to this enticing list later this year, while the creation of two new greenhouses will allow more delicate fruits and vegetables, such as melon and tomato, to be grown during the summer months.

If you’re more a meat lover, don’t worry! The Bel Ombre region has a rich history of game-rearing. The Château’s menu features deer, wild boar and pheasant, served both as mains and in gourmet terrines. Why not try a spiced deer rillette, a wild boar terrine with kari poule or a dish of pheasant with papaya? Prepared in-house by the Château’s chefs, they contain no gelling agents, preservatives or flavour enhancers – in short, they’re 100% natural products!

Putting the region in the spotlight

Lunch in the Chateau s garden

During the day, take a seat in the Château’s gardens for an al fresco meal. Pair your chicken and prawn curry with a spicy tropical fruit achard and perhaps a glass of Tamaka – a lychee wine produced on the island by an adventurous Mauritian oenologist. In the evening, try the gourmet menu, featuring a smooth pumpkin espuma, wild boar loin with salted butter caramel and crispy arouille, among other delights.

Take advantage of your stay in Mauritius to pair your meal with a delicious South African wine. “Swartland, north of Cape Town, is one of our favourite South African regions. It is tucked away from the coast and has produced some very interesting white wines since the 1990s”, comments Frédéric Gille. A sommelier by training and a lover of gastronomy in general, Frédéric’s definition of “local” doesn’t stop at the borders of Bel Ombre. The Château’s menu also features New World wines, Mauritian foie gras terrines with vanilla, chicken from Mont Choisy (in the north of the island), and Madagascan caviar – allowing you to discover the flavours of both Mauritius and the surrounding region.

In late 2019, Heritage Resorts will also open a shop enabling Mauritius to purchase fresh produce from Bel Ombre, including fruit, vegetables and game, as well as plants and cut flowers grown in local nurseries. After all, promoting local production means encouraging local consumption!

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