Pondicherry, also called ‘Puducherry’, is a town situated on the Bay of Bengal, and is known as the Little France of India. The town is known for its marked colonial history, and the influences of numerous colonial powers, including those of the Netherlands, Portugal, France and England, can still be felt in the town today. These influences are particularly noticeable in the town’s restaurant scene, which features a variety of international flavours mixed in with the traditional Indian cuisine. Here we list 10 of the best restaurants in Pondicherry.
A restaurant that provides good food and shopping as well might sound too good to be true, but here in Pondicherry you’ll find just that. Kasha ki Aasha is a culturally significant restaurant; on entering the restaurant you are greeted by local Tamilian women, who have been a part of the restaurant for 10 years. Walking towards the rooftop restaurant, it is hard to miss the walls that are adorned with art and photographs that showcase the tradition and culture of India and its history. The restaurant also offers unique hand-made products from all around India.
A strong French influence has swayed the architecture and cuisine of Carte Blanche tremendously. Their cuisine is an intermingling of French and South Indian food called ‘creole cuisine’, which brings the area to life through the senses. The restaurant has courtyard seating: the proximity to nature makes the experience all the more delightful. The menu has a strong emphasis on seafood, all of which is served fresh, resulting in a delicious dish to entice your palate. Address: Hotel De L’orient, 17, Rue Romain Rolland, White Town, Puducherry 0413 2343067
Le Dupleix is the perfect restaurant to spend memorable time with your friends and family. It is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and offers a calm and composed ambiance, with just the murmur of waves crashing offshore in the background. The restaurant is inspired by old French style yet with a modern-hotel feel. Situated in the heart of White Town, it very close to Pondicherry’s leafy park.
Appachi Chettinad breaks with the stereotype of everything in Pondicherry being associated with the French. Appachi is an old house that has been transformed into a restaurant with no lavish gardens or white washed walls; rather the décor is kept simple and natural. The thatched rooftop and the tamilian styled entrance pillars give the feel of a local home, and the traditional mouthwatering Indian delicacies that are served add to this ambiance. Famous for their spices, Appachi Chettinad is the restaurant to visit to get the real taste of India, with their ‘Chettinad’ style of cooking.
La Maison Rose is a slice of heaven located in the White Town of Pondicherry. The restaurant was an old colonial house, and the subtle colors that fill the interior of the restaurant immediately create a sense of peacefulness within you. There is also seating available outside, perfect for a breezy chat during the day or an intimate candle lit dinner at night. Highlights from the menu include the heavenly chicken breast with green taboulé & sweet lime relish, a must-try when visiting La Maison Rose.
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With a thatched roof hut, Le Pondy restaurant is well known for its simple luxuries. It is quite a popular spot with tourists as it is located close to the Narasimha Swami Temple; thousands of devotees visit this temple, to worship the ‘Great Protector’ Narasimha. Le Pondy restaurant overlooks the sea and has an impressive swimming pool on which the golden lights of the hotel shimmer. After a day of sight-seeing Pondicherry, you’ll appreciate spending the evening relaxing over a delicious meal at Le Pondy.
A cool breeze, ocean waves and a scenic lighthouse make the Light House Grill a famous spot among travelers. The Light House Grill offers Indian, continental and Oriental cuisine, making it a one stop spot for all foodies. The lighting is kept dim with candles everywhere. With the Promenade beach right out front, guests can stroll across the balcony to enjoy the view of not only the light house but the beautiful beach as well. Address: 23 Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu 605001, India +91 413 222 7750
Situated in the nearby town of Auroville, Farm Fresh is a unique enterprise. The restaurant couldn’t have been established in a more significant place than Auroville, which aims to realize human unity through diversity. As the name suggests the food served by Farm Fresh is indeed fresh, and is served farm to table. The menu titles have been creatively written on wooden slabs in the counter, cutting down time spent choosing in favour of time spent eating. The famous Matrimandir, the Golden Globe temple, is walking distance from Farm Fresh.
Sea Gulls is a multi-cuisine restaurant which offers an enchanting evening with their great variety of sea foods, balcony sea-view and concerts that take place every now and then. The restaurant is also ideally located: the Veeram Pattinam Harbour is a must-visit, not far from the restaurant. Sea Gulls is the place to visit to experience a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The Goubert Avenue beach road is also near by, and provides a perfect post-dinner stroll along the Bay of Bengal.
Satsanga aims to keep its guests happy and healthy through a delicious yet fresh menu. Located on La Bourdonnais Street, Satsanga grows their vegetables organically and serves the fresh catch of the day on their seafood menu. They believe in serving their fresh and organic food, resulting in delicious, flavoursome dishes. The large space allows the guest to linger in the courtyard garden, admiring the works that are displayed in the regularly held exhibitions.