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Gourmet Heaven of Pondicherry

It is a fact that people love to experience destinations through regional delicacies that are cooked and served in that particular region. It is not all about fun, but experiencing a place by its specialty delicacies is a great way to have a special connection with the localities. Well, there is no harm in giving an effort to know little more about a region that is not listed in a usual travel guidebook!

Puducherry, located along the seashore is notable for its fresh, nicely-presented and varied seafood goodies. A large variety of local fishes, shrimps, crabmeats, calamaries are some of the most popular seafood picks served in most of the restaurants in Puducherry. It does not mean that there is nothing for vegetarians and meat buffs; Puducherry has something to offer everyone!

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Puducherry is a peculiar destination as a fine-spun French touch can be experienced in anything to everything. No wonder that Puducherry is popularly called as the 'French Rivera on the East'. On the other hand, French-styled restaurants in Puducherry does not try too much of authentic French treats, instead they serve more of an Indian-ized version of French cuisine. Let's get to know some of the most popular picks of wide-ranging restaurants of Puducherry.

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Rendezvous Cafe Restaurant

Pondy Rendezvous Cafe Restaurant

One of the most popular French cuisine restaurants in all of the union territory, Rendezvous Cafe Restaurant is a fascinating and exclusive eating place that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu of this restaurant is so special that it is not just about Italian delicacies. It is limitless with Kerala treats, West coast Indian dainties and a few Goan dishes too.

Rendezvous Cafe Restaurant

Furthermore, the cafe restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining choices for the foodies. Though the restaurant is fitted with air conditioner, it is always a good option to sit outdoors with your family and friends and enjoy the breezy Pondy evening. The fresh catch of the day option in the menu can range from luscious fresh crabmeats to the far-famed tiger prawns. The restaurant also serves beverages - a few Indian wine varieties and beer.

Location: #30, Rue Suffren, Pondicherry - 605001
Must-try: Sea-food platter, Sandwiches, Salads, Burgers, Pizzas, Tandoori dishes, South Indian varieties, Goan specialties, Italian kickshaws
Beverages: Yes
Note: 30 minutes wait time for the order to arrive pointed out in the menu

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Madame Shanthes Cafe Restaurant

Madame Shanthes

A landmark of Romain Rolland Street in Puducherry, the Madame Shanthes Cafe Restaurant is  a roof top restaurant serving French and Indian cuisine. The restaurant is a notable place for its yummy seafood varieties. The uncomplicated cafe-like interiors is a plus point of this place as it extends a homely feel in no time.

The outdoor dining option is a terrific setting with romantic garden ambience, attractively projected illuminations, simpatico seating arrangements and what not! An ideal place to have a wonderful evening relishing scrumptious seafood treats. With a long list of enthralling seafood delicacies, this place offers a variety of Chicken dishes and Omelettes. The menu of Madame Shanthes Cafe Restaurant is certain to meet your taste expectations.

32, Romain Rolland Street, Pondicherry - 605001
Options: Lunch and Dinner
Must-try: Garlic squid, Coriander soup, Masala fried prawns, Chicken wings with garlic sauce, Caramel custard with ice cream, Continental dishes and so on
Beverages: Yes

Tantalizing Tanto

Tantalizing Tanto

A must-visit eating house, Tantalizing Tanto is an Italian pizzeria that stands out for its authentic wood fired pizzas. Set in a picturesque man made woods, this restaurant is located in Auroville, its a magnanimous pizzeria with a little watercourse streaming close to the baking oven. The baking oven is set right at the entryway as visitors can see their orders made right in front of them.

Tantalizing Tanto Pizza

This place offers as much as 30 different pizza kinds prepared with homemade 'mozzarella di bufala' and organic veggies farmed at Auroville. Some of the other specialty offerings of this pizzeria include pastas, steaks, salads, inhouse lime tea, variety of seafood starters, Yummy desserts and so on.

Location: Auroville Main Road, Bommayapalayam, Pondicherry - 605101
Must-try: Lime tea, Tiramisu, Homemade raviolli, Salads, Earth - Veg pizza, Garlic shrimps,  SeaGlobal - Non veg delicacy (fish, parsley, squids, prawns), British pizza with beef roast, steaks, Fish fillet, Jumbo prawns and so on
Beverage: Yes

The Indian Kaffe Express

Indian Kaffe Express

A unique eating joint that falls between a typical coffee shop and fine dining restaurant, The Indian Kaffe Express is a must visit restaurant that mainly serves North Indian fusion with a wide assortment of beverages.

The Indian Kaffe Express interiros

Located in the French quarters of Puducherry, this place offers a menu that is very limited, but serves pleasant-tasting delicacies of Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. The cafe also offers options to organize get together and theme parties. It is important for the foodies to note that this place serves a lot of specialty egg-based dishes and they don't serve non-vegetarian items.

Location: 3, Rue Dumas, Opposite Dumas Church, Pondicherry - 605001
Must-try: Calcutta rolls, Oriental samosas, Delhi chaats, Mumbai delicacies, Jaljeera, Cous-cous salad, Jasmine tea

Le Cafe

Le Cafe

A fantastic coffee house located close to the Promenade is an ideal place to spend a terrific evening with friends and family. The joint welcomes with a caption 'Not Just coffee' that it serves a reasonably populated menu, specializing French cuisine. Serving round the clock, Le Cafe extend its food service for breakfast, lunch and dinner, no alcohol are served though.

Le Cafe Outdoors

As the name goes, Le Cafe is a specialty cafe serving coffees, teas, chocolates, juices, ice creams, pastries, sandwiches, snacks and salads. The outdoor dining option is a most preferred choice among the visitors as leaning back in the chair, tasting the delicious meal witnessing the massive waves crashing against the stony embankment is a spectacular scene to be enjoyed.

Location: Beach Road, Near Gandhi Statue, Puducherry
Must-try: Caffe latte, Masala chai, Cinnamon tea, Saffron tea, Kambucha, French pastries, French Quiche, Coffee crunch and so on

Some of the other popular eating joints in Puducherry include

Coffee.com - White Town
Surguru - S.V. Patel Salai
The Hidesign Cafe - Nehru street
Light House Promenade Hotel - The Promenade
Karai Restaurant - Nellithoppe
Don Giovanni - Pondy Bazaar

So what are you waiting for? Other than the tourist attractions in Puducherry and its old world charm, a visit to the quaint city is a must for its cuisine!

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