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Lakaz Maman (Mauritian Street Kitchen) – Southampton

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HALAL STATUS Fully Halal food menu • BYO alcohol

Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina Masterchef

Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina MasterchefFor those in the know, BBC’s MasterChef 2012 winner, Shelina Permalloo, requires little introduction.

For those who don’t, Shelina stormed through the cooking competition, thoroughly wowing judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace along the way, grabbed the coveted prize, and hasn’t looked back since.

In that time, and in no particular order, she’s published two cook books, the first of which (‘Sunshine on a Plate’) won the Gourmand Book Award for best African Cook Book, Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina Masterchefand has appeared on a number of TV shows, including This Morning, Lorraine, Sunday Brunch, What’s Cooking, among others.

In addition, she’s hosted cooking shows at leading Halal food festivals, and if that’s not enough, has also managed to open a restaurant in her home town of Southampton which offers a fully Halal food menu.

Located on Bedford Place, Lakaz Maman – a Mauritian Creole word for ‘Mum’s House’ – is a comfy 47-cover eatery that’s all about Mauritian street food with, of course, that same modern tropical twist which helped Shelina become Masterchef champion.

Our menu caters for Dairy Free, Gluten Free & Vegan and Vegetarian diets and is Halal.

DRINKS & MOCKTAILS

Drinks Beverages Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina Masterchef

Drinks: Alooda – Milk-based drink with rose syrup, basil seeds and vanilla; Panakon – Mauritian lemon and tamarind drink – £2.95 each
Mocktails: Mauritian Sunset – Pineapple, strawberry, apple and rose with a touch of ginger; Tropical Punch – Mango, passionfruit, orange and lime – £3.95 each

Lakaz Maman offers a good selection of drinks and mocktails, the best of which for us was the Panakon – a light and refreshing beverage, with a tangy mellow kick to it, which served as an excellent palate cleanser and, thus, a perfect accompaniment for the gently spiced dishes had below.

But if you’re a fan of rose water, then the Alooda (aka Falooda across Central Asia) might be the one to go for. In this case, it was milky, with the rose water coming through tepidly. In fact, not only did one Lion describe it as “insipid”, but also observed that the “initial pleasant taste was offset by a strange aftertaste”.

The effervescent sweet-tanginess of the strawberry in the Mauritian Sunset was the dominant flavour, with the heat of ginger barely discernible.

The weakest of the quartet was definitely the Tropical Punch though, which turned out to be a rather flat affair.

BREAKFAST

Breakfast Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina Masterchef

Breakfast Torpedo – Turkey bacon, chicken sausages, Mauritian salsa, breakfast muffin and a fried egg, £6.95

Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina MasterchefYou can’t get any more exotic a breakfast than this triple layered muffin.

A Breakfast Torpedo indeed, and one that’s made up of an assortment of ingredients that all came together wonderfully to deliver a cascade of textures and flavours. From the meatiness of the crispy smokey Turkey bacon and succulent chicken sausages to the zingy freshness of the salsa, this grabbed our attention and maintained our interest right the way through.

We’re not sure whether the crispy perimeter of the sunny-side up egg was by design or not, but it certainly leant an additional edge to the whole thing. Nevertheless, we would have preferred it otherwise.

The good thing about this dish overall was that it offered a good mix of flavours, but without being too much.

SHARING GAJAKS

This Mixed Meat Starter for two really was an exciting platter, especially at 12-quid, and particularly with lamb ribs, chicken wings, pakoras, balls, inhouse sauces, a bowl of coleslaw, and more.

Unsurprisingly, we grabbed a hold of those ribs, which turned out to be well marinated in a gorgeous sticky-sweet BBQ sauce, had crispy edges, and was on the right side of chewy, with the meat coming away with tender ease. Delicious!

There were also these crispy spicy-cum-herby balls which, for something so small and innocuous looking, not only delivered an immediate kick, but also had some serious depth of flavour em.

The chicken pakoras too were a particular standout, enhanced even more when had with that green, viscousy, spicy, tangy, sweet dip.

And if things get a little too much, there’s a really well made crunchy bowl of coleslaw, with its fresh almost sweet fruity taste, to cleanse the palate before proceeding.

You can then move on to those ultra-crispy chilli chicken wings doused in a spicy mango chilli sauce with coriander and chilli flakes. But to be honest, we’d try dipping this, and anything else for that matter, in that tremendous BBQ sauce – thick and spicy, and quite tasty.

GAJAKS

Creole Prawns Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina Masterchef

Crevettes Creole – Whole King Prawns served in a spicy creole sauce, £7.95

A scrumptiously good dish of king prawns which we all enjoyed messily working our way through.

Be sure to give that grilled segment of lime a quick squeeze (and certainly no more), because a touch of the sour really complimented the curry-flavoured marination, with its touch of heat and its hint of sweetness.

ISLAND STYLE ROTI WRAPS

WrapLakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina Masterchef

Cari Mutton, £9.95 – upgrade to sweet potato fries for an extra £1.00

These Cari Mutton wraps were accompanied by the most perfectly executed sweet potato fries – all utterly crispy and dangerously addictive.

As for the filling in the Mauritian roti wrap, then this comprised of a fairly succulent mutton, which bordered on the stringy side, and was wrapped in a lettuce leaf alongside some carrots and peas, with some mint running through it.

And though one Lion enjoyed this for its “tender meat” and “flavoursome filling”, the other two weren’t quite as impressed, considering the entire wrap to be somewhat subtle in nature.

ROUGAILLE

Octopus Curry Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina Masterchef

Octopus – A rich Creole tomato sauce with garlic, thyme and chilli served with either yellow rice or roti, £11.95

Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina MasterchefThis Octopus curry dish was pleasant enough, but one which ultimately split the crowd.

Hence, while the curry was mildly spiced and satisfyingly aromatic, it did have a nice creamy consistency to it, which, when had with the expertly cooked fragrant rice, made for a decent plate.

Having said that though, it didn’t quite achieve a consensus, with one reviewer claiming that the “octopus was barely noticeable”, hence concluding: “Pleasant but forgettable.”

MAGIC BOWL

Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina Masterchef

Chicken & Prawn – A classic rice based Chinese-Mauritian dish of oyster sauce, soy sauce and garlic topped off witha fried egg, £10.95

Based on the idea of surf ‘n’ turf, and said to be “a classic rice based Chinese-Mauritian dish”, this concoction was quite an intriguing one.

Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina MasterchefTopped with a sunny-side up egg, this entire plate revolves around the wet, with the beautifully cooked rice saturated in a herby sauce, and mixed with mushrooms, superbly executed prawns and absolutely tender chicken.

If you are looking for a little more heat and kick to this otherwise mildly aromatic plate, however, then you might want to consider mixing in some of the Piment Limón, or Citrus Hot bottled sauce, available on every table. Word of warning though, don’t be too ambitious and heavy handed, because it is quite potent.

You might also want to note that this dish can be made vegan and gluten free on request.

DESSERTS

Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina Masterchef

Yummy Coco Bun – A milk bun filled with coconut ice cream, pistachio and salted caramel, £6.45

RECOMMENDED

Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina MasterchefThis quirkly named Yummy Coco Bun was, at least for us, a cracking little invention.

It was essentially a saturated brioche bun that housed a thick, silky smooth block of distinctly flavoured coconut ice cream, which was covered in a salted caramel sauce and some pistachio crumb for a little textural contrast.

The result? A surprisingly light dessert that was well balanced, fun, and one of the dishes of the review.

Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Food Southampton Halal restaurant Shalina Masterchef

Pina Colada Posset with Coconut Shortbread – served with a buttery coconut shortbread, £6.45

This simple little glass of summery goodness certainly delivered on the familiar flavour of pina colada, with the creamy posset topped by a zesty layer of ripe and green diced pineapple, coconut crisps, and accompanied by a crumbly pair of delicious little shortbread biscuits.

Nonetheless, while this was pleasant enough, there’s no doubt that we’d opt for the above.

THE ROAR
Lakaz Maman
3.5 FTL's Roar
4.5 Pride's Roar (2 Roars)
Alcohol/ Pork?
  • YES/ NO
FSA HYGIENE RATING
Last Checked: 21/01/19
Facilities
  • CHILD SEATING
  • DISABLED ACCESS
  • JUST EAT
  • DELIVEROO
Summary
Lakaz Maman is BBC MasterChef champion Shelina Permalloo's first restaurant. However, unlike the sophisticated dishes on the show, defined as they were by that Mauritian twist that helped set her apart from the rest of the competition, the menu here revolves around the more simpler street food concept of Mauritius. As such, the food has all the hallmarks of the various cultural cuisines known for making up the exotically exciting food of the island, with, of course, Shelina's trademark innovation.

The Breakfast Torpedo and the Yummy Coco Bun are two that come to mind in this respect. The rest of the menu was well executed, with particular emphasis on the Mixed Meat Starter. We did, however, agree that some of the dishes didn't quite deliver on the more robust flavours we were expecting. Perhaps it's for this reason that every table has a bottle of Piment Limón, or Citrus Hot sauce, available for the more adventurous palates.

Be that as it may, if you're in Southampton, then Lakaz Maman has to be on your top-3 list of Halal restaurants to visit, with the opportunity, if you're lucky, of meeting the wonderfully friendly and talented Shelina Permalloo, who's kindly put up a discount for all our readers.

Menu Recommendation

Drink - Panakon

Starter - Breakfast Torpedo/ Mixed Meat Starter

Main - Chicken & Prawn Magic Bowl

Dessert - Yummy Coco Bun

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Lakaz Maman
22 Bedford Place, Southampton SO15 2DB.

T: +44 (0)23 8063 9217 | W: www.lakazmaman.com | E: info@lakazmaman.com

Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 12:00–22:00 | Fri-Sun 8:30-22:00 (Breakfast 8:30-12:00)

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