Emba Filao

If you go to Le Morne public beach, the first one on the coastal road, opposite the slave monument. There is a little snack there that is very popular called ‘Emba Filao’.

Often, we linger on the beach more than we expected and our stomachs let us know, in no friendly way, that we’re way past lunch time. So, we grab something to eat there as the food is quite nice.

To place your order, you need to go to the front of the little snack.


Emba filao restaurant on Le Morne beach


There is a black board with all the different menus (and yes, the photos were taken around the end of the year, hence all the christmassy decorations). They do serve a wide variety of meals from tuna steaks, salads, sandwiches and paninis to Chinese meals, samoussas and burgers.


Emba filao snack bar on Le Morne beach


They even have “chicken upside down bowls”! And no, you won’t have a whole chicken head first in a bowl, but a nice “bol renversé” which, for those who don’t know it, is a Chinese dish with rice, a chicken based stir fry in sauce with vegetables and a fried egg. The whole thing is placed in a bowl and turned on a plate for a nice presentation. Quite a nice meal actually!


Chicken upside down!


Once you order, they will give you a waiting number, as you may have to wait a little bit if they are very crowded (which they often are on week-ends around lunch time).

They have some chairs with umbrellas, looking out to the sea, where you can sit to eat your meal. Or you can just bring it back to the beach where you are stationed if it’s not something to complicated to eat like chips or a hot dog.


Emba filao restaurant on Le Morne beach


It seems that they are open quite early and serve breakfast too (read about it here), although, I personally have never eaten there that early so I’ll have to check that one out.


What about you? Have you ever eaten at the ‘Emba Filao’ snack before? Do you have a favorite little snack by the beach? Share with us in the comments below.


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