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The best part about Chateau de Pondicherry is that even though it is located smack in the middle of south Delhi, once you enter the restaurant all you can hear are birds chirping and the rustling of trees. The blue and white interiors are serene albeit a tad rustic, which is perfect for those who do not really like a very formal atmosphere. The cuisine is an interesting mix of dishes you get down south – from 'Coconut Rasam' to 'Mini Visiri Dosai' to 'Athu Kary Dalcha' – there are dishes almost unheard of in the north. While the French influences are clear – what with a delicious repertoire of crepes and sole Meunier, a classic lemon butterfish, it is unusual to see how nicely it has been executed. A tiny menu, which helps you make a quick choice, do not forget to try the 'Koji Kary Vindail' – a chicken curry and parotta dish and the 'Puducherry Sambar Rice' – with a touch of sweetness from the jaggery.
If you are in dire need of a vacation and have been dreaming about the quiet colourful French lanes of Pondichery then bookmark ‘Chateau De Pondichery’ for your next visit. Even though located in the bustling heart of South Delhi, the restaurant lets you take a breather with a tranquil atmosphere enhanced by their subtle décor and the projection of a well-loved seaside town. Chateau De Pondichery is your place to be if you prefer a quiet laid-back ambience to the more formal setting any day. This is the best way to experience Pondichery without leaving the city limit. The restaurant is nestled on the busy Aurobindo Marg in Adchini, a spot that is the busiest cross section for South Delhiets. Head over to Chateau De Pondichery for a lazy Sunday lunch.
Pondichery is called the French Riviera of Southern India and a piece of which can be experienced right here in New Delhi. Chateau De Pondichery brings alive the very essence of this lovely seaside town through its décor and its menu. The chef amalgamates two famous cuisines that dominates the gastronomic scene of Pondichery – Chettinad and French. Pick a deliciously heady Pondi-inspired cocktail to kick-start your meal. Medusa Devi or Coromandel Herbs will do beautifully. Hard stuff is also available for heavy drinkers. Why not start exploring the menu with nibbles like, masala fish fry, mini visiri dosa, mysore bonda, French onion soup, kozhi erral varuval, masala champignons and pomme frites. For main course you can enjoy, pasta béchamel with chicken, sole meunniere, spinach & formage crepe, chettinad chicken curry, croque pondy, chicken ham & cheese crepe, pizza ladiere, vegan cassoulet and croque monsieur.
If you simply want to brood then opt for a nice French salad to go with your wine. Those who love their share of crepes can choose an assortment of sweet fillings for dessert. Passion fruit & cream, chocolate ganache & ice cream and apple & cinnamon will be yummy-licious. Gooey chocolate cake, churros with chocolate ganache and walnut brownie can coddle the conventional sugar buffs. Chateau De Pondichery will be a decent stop for a quick work lunch or an early cozy dinner. The blue and white Mediterranean décor highlighted by floral chairs and bright fairy lighting sets a romantic backdrop for dates. Bill will be tad pricey but it’s worthwhile.