Pondicherry has been home to me for almost a year and a half now. When you are a tourist you find all new places appealing but when you have been in town for a while, you find yourself a few favourites.
Le Dupleix, the 18th century luxury heritage hotel which is in the heart of Pondicherry, has been my favourite for its Lobster Nights that are hosted every Friday. What takes me back again and again (apart from their delicious meals) is that they are 100% organic and source most of their ingredients locally. Fish is fresh from the sea, caught by local fishermen while the chicken is free-range & organic. The soups, salads, appetizers and main course dishes have been presented with suggested pairings of International and Indian wines, that are educating as well as helpful in enjoying a satisfying meal. Their menu is highly inspired by Creole cuisine; some through recipes from New Orleans (which created some of the most exciting Creole dishes) like Gumbo soup and Creole Shrimps & Crab cake.
In present-day Pondicherry the great global influence in cuisine has come through Auroville. People from all over the world have brought Italian, French and Japanese influences into the town’s palate. Their menu celebrates Japanese cuisine with Miso-Glazed Fish & Soba Noodle soup, Classic French dishes like Confit de Poulet & Crêpe Suzette, and presents dishes that stand out like Wild Game Quails & Soft Shell Crabs. Apart from this, they have the best homemade ice creams I have ever had; one has to try it to believe it. The weather is perfect so its less touristy and the staff is more efficient.
Contributor: Satpreet Kaur