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Seychelles Food and Drink

Seychellois Creole cuisine is influenced by African, Chinese, French and Indian traditions. The careful blending of spices is a major feature and much use is made of chillies, coconut milk and breadfruit, the latter often used as a carbohydrate staple in place of rice. There are 10 varieties of chilli, each with a different flavour considered suitable for particular dishes.

Fish is served many ways – roasted, grilled, curried and raw – alongside chutney and cooked vegetables such as green mango or aubergine. Raw vegetables are usually served with a vinaigrette dressing. Lobster, octopus, pork and chicken are used more frequently than beef or lamb, which must be imported.

Specialities

Chatini requin: Mashed boiled shark with fried onion and lime juice.
Soupe de tectec: Clams cooked in tomatoes, garlic and ginger.
Bouillon bréde: Spinach broth.
Cari bernique: Curried limpet.
Chatini Seychellois: Chutney comprising crushed chillies, ginger and garlic, which is often served with fried fish.
Palm hearts: Inner core of certain palm trees used in place of rice or cassava.
Papaya salad: Shredded green papayas, onion, chilli and seasoning.
Rousettes: Fruit bat, prepared in a number of ways.
Pulao: Rice cooked with fish, meat or vegetables.
Ladob: Served savoury or sweet, this dessert is made of sweet potato and plantain cooked in coconut milk with nutmeg, sugar and vanilla.
Kat-kat banana: Banana cooked in coconut milk.
Carotte banana: Bananas wrapped in banana leaves with honey and vanilla.
Seybrew: Bavarian-style lager.
Ekyu: Local beer.
Calou: Alcoholic drink made from coconut sap and used in many Seychellois dishes.
Coco D’Amour: Tropical liqueur made with coconut extract.
Bacca: Alcohol made from sugarcane liquor and mainly used on ceremonial occasions.
Dark Takamaka rum: Popular night cap.

Things to know

A hotel licence permits hotel residents to drink at any time. Alcohol can be sold to anyone between Mon-Fri 1400-1800, Sat 0800-1200 and 1400-1800. Other bars open 1130-1500 and 1800-2200. It is illegal to drink alcohol in public.

Tipping

Most bills include a tip of 5-10%. For exceptional service, an additional tip is always welcome.

Drinking age

18.