6 Best Places to Eat in Pondicherry or Puducherry
Pondicherry / Puducherry is an exemplary place for anyone who is a foodie at heart as it serves irresistible food.Franco-Pondicherry or Pondicherry cuisine has been union territory’s best-kept secret. The flavors are mild and the fusion between the French and Tamil is what makes this cuisine unique and different from rest of India. There are plenty of options when it comes to this cuisine for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. Since it was a former French colony it’s not surprising that the cuisine is strongly influenced by the French way of life. Few typical French dishes have been adapted to suit taste buds used to spicier Indian food yet with minimum use of spices. The seafood is very well known here and at the same time staples like Idli, Wada’s and Dosa’s are part of their day-to-day indulgence. Coconut makes its mark in a good number of dishes. As with French cuisine, accompaniments like onion soup, salad, and bread are served with the meal. Since they are influenced a lot by French world the baked goods and chocolates are something worth trying.
Food is the best way to explore any place and to get the taste and flavor of local food one needs to explore the place and be bold enough to try out different options. From local food to European cuisine, from freshly baked goods to soft idlis, Pondicherry has lots to offer and to tantalize your taste buds.
Here is s a list of 6 Best places to eat in Pondicherry in no particular order and recommending few of the dishes that I have tried.
1) Bread and Chocolate
In the month of February 2018, I had a trip to Pondicherry with 2 of my girlfriends. Considering the fact that we all were foodies, trying new places for breakfast, lunch and dinner was the first thing on our minds.
I had heard a lot about this cafe and bakery “Bread and Chocolate” from vlogs and blogs, so without any doubt, the first breakfast option that we had planned was here. Bread and Chocolate is a pleasant and charming little cafe situated in Auroville is very well know for Organic chocolates, freshly baked loaves of bread and marvelous chocolates. This Cafe serves amazing sourdough bread sandwiches, best croissants, refreshing smoothie bowls and unbeatable coffee to name a few. This place is ideal for those who want to start off their day with healthy, delicious and wholesome breakfast.
Seating arrangement is made outside and this is a self-service cafe, so look at the menu, decide your order, remove your shoes outside and then enter the cafe to place the order. As soon as you enter the cafe you can smell freshly baked bread and feel as if you are in a chocolate heaven. We were truly spoiled for choices as there were 3-4 vegetarian options of sourdough sandwiches to select from. There were many tempting dishes that we wanted to try it out.
This is what we had ordered:
1) Mediterranean sourdough sandwiches (tasted so delicious and fresh) Totally worth it.
2) Cold coffee ( This was the best coffee we had taster)
3) Freshly baked croissant ( they were so soft and buttery) It felt as if we were sitting in a Cafe at Champs–Élysées in Paris- need I say more??
4) Tropical smoothie bowl ( so so refreshing with their homemade cacao nibs and chocolate granola) Highly recommended.
5) Bread toast with bitter dark chocolate and served with maple syrup (good but we could not finish the entire portion as it was too bitter for us.
How this cafe was born:
Bread & Chocolate, the café, is the brainchild of Trulson and his friend Jane Mason (of Mason & Co Chocolates). They had been toying with the idea of opening something together and when Trulson returned from Italy that things really started to come together. “We found a space, got serious and started designing the menu. We have a great marriage of skill and ideas and a similar ideal for the cafe,” says the baker, and from the day they opened, it was packed.
Trulson now wakes up at 5 am to go to his bakery (his bakers, who he is very happy to pass on “every bit of knowledge to”, start at 4 am). After a quick trip to the cafe around 8.30am, he wraps up work at the bakery where he folds and shapes and bakes all the bread, croissants and pastries. Back at the cafe, the crew preps for lunch that could be their Summer Time Tartine (two poached eggs on sourdough, pickled onions, local ricotta, oven roasted tomatoes and home-made pesto) or their Tropical Smoothie Bowl, most produce being sourced organically from around Auroville. By 2-3pm, Trulson is free to go spend time with his family, cooking them dinner, and he admittedly “goes to bed pretty early”. This was some information from the internet that I found about the Cafe.
2) Dilliwaala 6
Dilliwaala 6 is a pure vegetarian North Indian Restaurant that serves authentic and lip-smacking north Indian cuisine. The decor of the place is very colorful and quirky with Indian touch and a glimpse of Delhi street. It is an excellent place for family, girls, kids, large groups and kitty parties. The food served here is fresh, delectable and the service is also very quick.
After our tiring search for Jain food (for one of my friend) at White town for a while, we finally settled here and they served some yummy Jain Paneer, dal makhani and hot mint kulchas. The lunch was extremely satisfying and the prices were moderate. We clicked lots of pictures here and headed for shopping near White Town.
Next day we came here again for dinner. We had opted for grilled club sandwich that was nice and crispy loaded with vegetables, naan pizzas and a couple of mocktails. Overall the food, ambiance, and feel of this place was fantastic.
3) Cafe Zuka
If you are in Pondicherry, you just can not miss this place Cafe Zuka.
Cafe Zuka is very know for it chocolates, coffes, pastries and zandwiches.
They have the best of chocolates and some mouth watering desserts. The options are wide and everything here will swoon you away.
Dark chocolate milk is a hot favorite that one has to try while here. They serve it with a chocolate spoon that further melts in your milk while stirring it.
Also order chocolate pakoda that is worth trying, vanilla cake with chocolate chips (my favorite) and espresso shots, strawberry mousse and many more to select from.
You cannot leave this place without trying out some chocolates and I am sure one visit won’t be enough here.
4) Tanto Trattoria Pizzeria:
Tanto Trattoria Pizzeria is an Italian and Mediterranean restaurant situated at Auroville that serves hands down the best wood fire pizzas. Tantos has wide options for vegetarians, Vegans and non-vegetarians as well. This place is located on the main road and its generally full during peak hours. It may take 15-20 minutes waiting to occupy a table. But once you get the table the food service is pretty quick.
We had ordered
1) Vegetarian extravaganza pizzas and requested them to add loads of fresh Arugula on it, let me tell you it tasted absolutely lip smacking.
2) Vegan pizza with tons of vegetable and no cheese. It was good and perfect for those who are following a vegan diet.
3) Greek Salad was fresh, flavorful and wholesome.
4) Lemon Iced tea which was authentic and refreshing.
Highly recommend this place when you are in Pondicherry.
5) Villa Helena:
Villa Helena a colonial mansion at White Town, has its own charm and authenticity . It mainly serves Continental vegetarian and non-vegetarian food and some refreshing drinks.
The lush gardens, candle lights, cozy ambience and low music makes this place what it is. Come here in the evening to sit and relax, listen to music, sip on some drinks and indulge in some exotic food. In short, you can spend a perfect romantic evening here with you beloved.
We had ordered:
1) Chili pepper paneer fry with basil and capsicum, the portion was huge and they served it with linguine pasta. The taste was little bland for my taste bud but nevertheless, it tasted delicious.
2) Hibiscus mocktail with basil seeds, very refreshing drink with unique taste and perfect to sip on after a long tiring day.
3) Cold coffee that was just perfect.
Highly recommend this place for spending a romantic and sassy evening with your partner or a fun evening with your friends.
13 Bussy Street (Lal Bahadur Shastri Street)
605001 Pondicherry – Tamil Nadu, India
6) Risque- The Promenade
Risque -The Promenade is a pool side restaurant and bar that has an amazing ambience. It is 5 minutes walk away from the beach and french war memorial. So if you are having a stroll at The promenade then do try to visit this place for a chilled out dinner. The staff was good and on our special request agreed to make some Jain dishes for my jain friend. We had a lavish and a delectable Indian dinner here.
Don’t forget to order the drooling and delicious desserts here, we tried chocolate tart and Creme brulee, that were mind boggling. There are very few options for eggless desserts, in that case, settle with an ice cream.
Well these were my 6 best places to eat in Pondicherry that I had visited.
There are many places that were on my list but missed it due to lack of time.
If you happen to go to Pondicherry do visit the places mentioned below:
1) Villa Shanti
2) Le dupleix
3) Smoothie Bar
4) Cafe Xtasi
5) Cafe des arts and
6) Maison Perumal.
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