A place that offered internet and coffee optons, plus it looked really interesting with intricate wood work inside, so we had to hop in. In one of those moods to click fotos of each other we were busy shuttering away when the guy at the counter admonished us and said no photography inside.. The coffee and tea we ordered was yum, they delayed the french toast, but then it was delicious, so we forgot about the wait! :)
The Seagull: Spicy, only spicy, poor taste
Probably in the most beautifull place in Pondicherry, with a fantastic sea view terrace, you will discover the seagull. It is a government restaurant, place is amazing, service is average, and food is so spicy that you can't know what you eat. I have tried chicken byriani, and another time some fish with gravy, it came with the same chilly taste. So it is a place just to have a drink, in front of the sea.
Favorite Dish: The best dish was the kingfisher beer !
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Punjabi Dabha: South and North India food Fusion
In a corner, at he first floor, you can find a ugly place, but you will eat there a very good food. It is difficult to find in south India punjabi dishes, here, you will be given some which have the north indian taste with the south indian spices. If you look only for food, go, otherwise background is dirty and noisy.
Favorite Dish: Butter Chicken
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Rendez vous: Maybe best fish and seafood in Tamil Nadu
Under a hudge pandal, you can get maybe the best tiger prawns and fish of pondicherry. I often go for week end in this place. You can taste red wine by only one glass, which easier for a single person. Food is tasty, not too spicy, team is helping you in the choice. A very good address for foreigners living in India, and for everybody !!!
Favorite Dish: Tiger prawn grilled with garlic and french fries.
Malabar fish curry.
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Energy Home Natural Health Food Restaurant: Raw Healthy Food!
This is such a special restaurant. The raw food theme is supremely different, in context of vegetarian of course. The food is prepared almost raw, at times you know its at least half boiled. Like the cereals or healthy rice. The veges are so tasty even they're prepared mostly raw. They mimic south indian style, so they all look very south indian thali. Try their mix vege drink. Healthy choice and have great variety for alots of cure.
Favorite Dish: Mango Idli!
appachi: soul satisfying!!!
food is good. you get authentic chettinad dishes here. you get value for money and the ambience is very simple and understated.service is very good and prompt.prices are reasonable and a great place to visit.there is variety of dishes ..one better than the other. for any traveller to pondicherry i highly recommend this place..it should be included in their itenary
Favorite Dish: fish fry n pepper chicken fry is simply awesome!
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Appuchi: Best Avoided
Went to Hotel Appuchi with my family yesterday.The waiters were rude and when we asked for a seat of four ,one of them asked us to go upstairs saying there was free space.We went upstairs and found the place to be full.So when i approached him again,he rudely told me he couldnt do anything.We patiently waited for a table and when the table cleared ,a group of men who were fully drunk walked in and sat in our table.These people were fully drunk and dressed only in a vest and shorts.Soon they started creating a nuisance and the manager looked helplessly.So we decided to walk out.A place to avoid going with family.Not a decent place.
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Choco-La: THE Place For Your Chocolate Fix!
While strolling around the French Quarter, we came upon Choco-La. With a name like that, of course, we had to check it out!
There was a huge variety of chocolates in all forms - mousse, truffles, pastries, cakes, candy, etc., etc. Everything is hand-made, fresh, and so nicely presented.
We each tried about 3 different things - all were delicious. My favorites were the truffles and the little Melting Pots, which were appropriately named!
If you come across Choco-La during your wanderings, stop in for something sweet! If you love chocolate, make sure to seek out Choco-La!!
Ajantha: Good Indian Food, Nice View of Bay of Bengal
At the far (south) end of Beach Road is Ajantha. Along with rooms on offer, they have a nice restaurant. Indoor AC seating and outdoor rooftop terrace seating overlooking the Bay of Bengal are available.
We were staying a couple of doors down and arrived in town very late. The nice people at Ajantha accommodated us for dinner. We sat outside and enjoyed watching the activity and the people walking along the Promenade.
We had the reshmi kebab and butter chicken along with rice and naan. Both dishes were filling and very good.
This is a great place for dinner - get there early for outdoor seating. They also have a separate bar area.
Le Cafe: Great Setting On The Bay Of Bengal
Open 24 hours and located between the Promenade and the Bay of Bengal, this is a fantastic place to sit and enjoy a cappuccino while watching the sunset. There are only a few tables outside so you'll need to get there early and jostle for a table but it's so relaxing once you sit.
It's great for people-watching as well - all of the food stalls pop up on the beach and hawkers start selling their wares as friends and families walk along the sand. (The hawkers don't bother you at the cafe.) Tried some less than average sweets but worth a visit for the sunset! It does get very windy so bring a sweater.
Rendezvous: Not So "French" French Cuisine
Set in an old bungalow, Rendezvous has a roof-top garden and a separate AC room for dining. The tables were set a little too close together and we were (unfortunately) seated closest to the kitchen and in the path of all the waiters.
Since Rendezvous specializes in classic French food, I had gone with high expectations. The menu is extensive with several daily specials including various fish and shellfish. I selected the coq au vin which was so disappointingly bland. I tied the tiramisu for dessert, which did not resemble any tiramisu I've ever had.
In addition to French food, the restaurant serves Chinese, Indian, and Italian cuisine. And therein lies the problem. Many restaurants that try to please everyone end up serving mediocre food. In addition, the prices were higher than average for Pondicherry.
La Terrasse: Great Pizza, Good Breakfast, Slow Service
Very laid back and popular place. Open for breakfast (until 11:30), lunch, and dinner. Great pizzas, good salads, and good breakfasts. Tried the banana & chocolate crepes. Had to remind the waiter several times - by the time it arrived it was ice cold. Service is slow and if the waiter doesn't write it down, your order may not be correct. Such a shame, because overall it was very enjoyable. Since we had plenty of time to spare, we had lunch there once and breakfast twice! Very good value. Indian and continental dishes available.
Closed on Wednesdays.
Satsanga: Staff preferred to serve foreigners at Satsanga
Ambience is good, but the staff just ignored me and was hovering around the tables of foreign tourists although they didnt have anything to do. I waited for 15 minutes and left the place.
The staff just ignored my hand signals for service.....
Satsanga: The foods good but the service is less so
This place serves up French, Indian and Italian food with such dishes as coq au vin, beef steaks and pasta from the covered courtyard of a nice colonial house and tables with rose petals on them. The foods good but the service is less so even boarding on erratic especially when I had to wait 20 minutes for a beer (not the best way to please me!). Two Indians - mother and daughter, ordered food before me and then an hour later got what they ordered! Yes, it's a busy and popular place but watch out whether or not you have to be somewhere else on time if you come to eat here. Breakfasts are also served here.
Hotel Mass: Fish Finger is the Best
Hotel Mass has 3 restaurants, one without alcohol & smoke, another without smoke and other you can smoke and drink. the one in which you can smoke and drink is a multi cusine restaurant and the other with only drink is a of Chettinad Style. These restaurants are one of my favourite and I used to visit there frequently.
Updated: 21 Sep 2009
On upto the quality as before. The service seems to be lacking much! I could see people leaving in haste before ordering!! No pleasant restauranting experience!!. But still their Fish finger quality is good.
Favorite Dish: I love their Fish Finger, no one can beat their fish finger @ Pondy.
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