After exploring the busy capital of Port Louis and its popular market, the L'Escale restaurant is the perfect haven for lunch or dinner. Located in Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel within the busy Le Caudan complex, this eatery offers a complete change from resort life. The complex is a popular retail area with some 170 shops and eateries and an amphitheater performance space. Diners can watch all the action of the harbor and the pedestrian piazza from this lovely restaurant dressed with white tablecloths and decorated with Maurtian-styled timber lattice-work dining chairs. Choose from Western, Asian, and Creole dishes—the Madagascar shrimps are tasty. If on a budget opt for the plat du jour (dish of day), at an affordable 275 MUR. The fruit salad with sabayon au calvados (zabaione and brandy) is a must for dessert.