Freshly baked baguettes and crisp croissants with a steaming cup of coffee for breakfast? Or hot masala dosas, idlis and samba rvadas with your coffee? That’s Pondicherry, a perfect blend of French and Indian cuisine. And because of its cosmopolitan nature, you could throw in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra too in the mix! What you get is an innovative flavor that is typically ‘Pondy’. Coconut curry, tandoori potato, soya dosa, assad, etc, are dishes you wouldn’t come across elsewhere.
However, being Pondicherry, try out the French (and continental) cuisine here. The best places are Le Club, Satsanga, Rendezvous and Le Dupleix, among a few others. The Sunday brunch at de l’Orient is lip-smacking good! So are the continental breakfast combos at Hot Breads on Ambour Salai and Extasi on Mission street (the last are easy on the pocket, too!).
When it comes to South and North Indian food, you have a much wider choice. A wide range of restaurants serve everything from idlis, vadas, onion dosas andappamand chicken stew to full-blown chettinadmeals, mughlai biryani, kothuparotta, chicken curry, beef curry and liver fry.