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The traditional “cari”
In your plate, this dish is served with various accompaniments, served in a specific order: first the rice, then the "grains" (pulses in a sauce, usually lentils or beans), and possibly “brèdes” (the leaves and stems of some plants cooked in a broth), and lastly, the curry itself. But it would be inappropriate to forget the “rougail” (usually very spicy condiments), to be served in small quantities at the edge of the plate.
You should know that the word “rougail” means both a condiment and a variant of “cari”, used for dishes with fresh or smoked sausages, and cod.
The only Reunionese wines are produced in Cilaos, one of the three cirques of the island, the most favorable to viticulture. For generations, people from Cilaos have been cultivating the Isabelle vine which gives a sweet wine served as an aperitif. Since 1998, other grape varieties benefit from the climate of Cilaos and allow the production of red, rosé and white wines. For more information, see our page "Restaurants Cilaos ."
Besides, since 1999, Cilaos has given its name to a sparkling mineral water extracted from the Veronique spring and bottled in the village. Widely marketed in the island, the Cilaos sparkling water is clear, fresh and supple with a slight salty note.
Given the climate in Reunion, one can easily understand the enthusiasm for local beer, more particularly the Bourbon, called Dodo, and the Fischer, both brewed on the island.
A real must-have, the Dodo is a beer brewed locally since 1962 by Brasseries de Bourbon. Its real name is Bourbon, yet this light lager has always been nicknamed Dodo, like the extinct bird that was considered from Reunion (actually from Mauritius), itself a symbol of Brasseries de Bourbon. You will have many opportunities to see the advertising slogan "the dodo lé la" on the fronts of the snack-bars and other shops, although it is now strongly challenged by its Mauritian cousin Phoenix.
Since the early nineteenth century, the cultivation of sugarcane provides the island's economy with its leading export product: sugar cane. But as in any land of sugar cane, you can't talk about sugar cane without talking about rum, and Reunion is no exception to this tradition. Here, some enjoy this drink pure (served in shops), others prefer the punch, mixed with juice, but most locals will be happy to let you taste their rhum arrangé (flavoured rum) : it is a mixture of traditional rum and various fruit or leaves (including faham, a regulated wild orchid, vanilla beans, citrus zest ...) which is allowed to macerate for 6 months to 2 years. Each Reunionese person flavours their rum in their own way, which gives you the excuse to (reasonably) taste each maceration offered after a meal in a table d'hotes or restaurant.
Alcohol abuse is detrimental to your health , please drink with moderation..