An exciting array of specialities from the French island in the Indian Ocean, bursting with fruity flavours.
With tables spilling out over the pavement of Rue Daguerre, restaurant L’Île de La Réunion offers a fleeting trip to the tropical Indian Ocean island and former French colony. It’s a popular hangout, and anyone wishing to smoke outside should think about reserving a spot on the terrace.
The house punch makes a fine apéritif, lusciously flavoured with passion fruit, coconut, mango, pineapple or lychee. The small quantities don’t detract from its gorgeous taste, though the price might (€6 for 120ml). Starters really deliver, with things like fantastic melt-in-the-mouth blood sausages served with vegetable achar (Indian-style pickle) (€7), aubergine fritters (€6) and stuffed crab (€10).
Main dishes (€15 to €31) span fish, shellfish, meat and vegetables, most often accompanied with perfectly cooked rice and a selection of spicy sauces (which can be overpowering – choose carefully). Our duck civet (a type of ragout) was too salty, and at dessert a pineapple upside-down cake (€6) was very dry despite the crème anglaise. In all, it’s best to go for the €20 set menu (which includes either a starter and main, or a main and dessert) in order to explore L’Île de la Réunion’s exciting but slightly hit-and-miss menu without breaking the bank.
|Venue name:||L'Ile de la Réunion||Contact:|
96 rue Daguerre
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sun 12mid-14.30pm, 7pm- 11.30pm|
|Transport:||Metro: Gaîté or Denfert-Rochereau|