The other day I went to my first Sotonbloggers Event which was brunch at Lakaz Maman. Lakaz Maman, which means Mum’s House in Mauritian Creole, is owned by 2012 Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo.
Walking into Lakaz Maman reminded me so much of being on an exotic holiday, with a gorgeous bright interior and a relaxing atmosphere. You also get that feeling of being instantly welcomed and the restaurant is filled with love!
The event started with a warm welcome from Shelina and insight into how much love went into taking an old chicken shop and transforming it into a beautiful authentic Mauritian restaurant. We were also introduced to her lovely staff who you can tell love Lakaz Maman and really pour their heart and soul into their job.
We were served two beautiful drinks; the first was an ‘Alooda’ – a sweet creamy white drink made from vanilla and coconut milk with basil seeds. The second was a ‘Panakon’ – a golden refreshing drink made from Mauritian lemon and tamarind. My favourite was the Panakon it has such a gorgeous flavour. I enjoyed the taste of the Alooda but found the Panakon paired really well with the food I chose.
Lakaz Maman has an extensive breakfast menu and I really struggled to decided what to have. In the end I chose Cinnamon Toast with Coconut and Tropical Fruits which was drizzled with Salted Caramel sauce. Words cannot really sum up how gorgeous it tasted. It was like a bit of heaven in my mouth. Although I did struggle a bit with trying to work out how much carbs were in the beautiful dish – maybe next time I’ll have to ask my Diabetes family for their opinion or take them with me…
I was also able to try the Breakfast Eggs which was poached eggs in spicy tomato sauce and served with a warm roti. If I am honest I was surprised I liked it as much as I did as I have never been a fan of spicey food. However the balance of the spices were perfect and I would happily eat it again.
Some of the others bloggers chose different dishes and all the dishes that came out looked amazing. I cannot wait to go back and try more of what Lakaz Maman has to offer. I also noticed on the menu a lot of the food can be made gluten or dairy free.
The event ended with a Q&A session. Shelina spoke with so much passion when talking about her journey on masterchef and Lakaz Maman. You can tell her and her husband really created a restaurant made out of love and hard work! We also got to take away a gorgeous goody bag which had homemade curry powder, hot sauce and granola in.
I am looking forward to going back to Lakaz Maman, it really is a hidden gem in Bedford Place. Thank you to SotonBloggers and Shelina for organising a great event! It was an amazing experience which I feel lucky to have been a part of!
*I was invited to Lakaz Maman for free however all opinions are my own*