Pondicherry has a unique food palate compared to the rest of the country. Cuisines have a strong French influence, with a tweak of Indian flavors to it. And owing to its geographical location, one can find authentic South Indian delicacies at the same time. No matter what, you will find colorful, hep cafes doting this beach town.
Three days of my stay in Pondi, I gorged myself silly, chuffed to my heart’s content.
Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, eggetarian, pescatarian, hard-core non vegetarian or whatever sundry you classify yourself to be, this is a foodie’s paradise.
Here is list of all the sumptuous cafes and restaurants I tried:
On the very first day of our trip, we stumbled out of our hotel and chanced upon this place. Aroma of pizza and all the sweet savories of France enticed us to walk into this quaint, little cafe.
I tried their juicy cheese pizza, while my friends tried the chicken one. Whatever topping you choose, these pizzas are simple, rustic and have a creamy texture, owing to an avalanche of melted cheese on it.
This was followed by yummy croissants, oozing with chocolate syrup and delicately baked quiches. We washed down these sinful treats with fresh, fruit juice.
We went to this place on the second day of our trip and boy, I had the most amazing brunch in this place.
If I had to pick just one place to eat in Pondi, quintessentially this would be that one place.
Five, famished girls, sans breakfast had barged into this place for a gluttony brunch. We got into order-all-you-can spree. From jhalmuris to French toast to pastas and cold coffee, we had an amazing time here.
Cafe Des Arts:
This was one of the most raved about places to try in Pondi. Unfortunately when I was there, due to power-cut they were just serving beverages.
I decided to include this place in the blog as their ambiance was something striking.
If you do an online search on “must-visit places” in Pondi, you would pretty much be convinced to visit Villa Shanti.
Well, it has a great ambiance, ideal for fine dining. Pretty decor, perfect lighting and an ideal place to put on your LBD/LWD, swirl a glass of wine and savor the evening with your dear ones. But I just didn’t find that “wow” factor in their food. Blame it on the places I visited prior to Villa Shanti, my standards were set pretty high for this beach town.
Nevertheless, we had an amazing time here, laughter, chit-chats and a lot of banter.
Well if you are someone who hates anything other than the staple Desi food, then fret not. You can always visit Hotel Surguru. This is pretty much similar to the local darshinis/Udupi hotels that you find in South India. Simple, no-fuss, south Indian food.
We visited this place on the last day of our trip, just before we began our drive back. This is a no non- sense kind of a place, where the focus is solely on good food. They are known for their wood-fired pizzas and I must admit admit these pizzas are some of the best I have had in India.
They come in elephantine proportions. We ordered one pizza and it was enough for 5 girls and also for take-away (just in case we were hungry again on the road)!
The burger was also amazing, crisp patty, soft bun, right amount of piquant sauces and lot of veggies.
With coleslaw and fries on the side.
Well if I am visiting Pondi sometime soon, you can bet that food is one of the reasons I am going there.
What are your favorite places here?