Hotel De L'Orient in Pondicherry, housed in a French mansion which dates back to the late-1760s, offers the surprisingly hard-to-find French-Tamil Creole cuisine unique to Pondicherry.
We lunched at Carte Blanche, graceful restaurant occupying the open courtyard which formed the centrepice of the mansion.
Crisp-fried julienned vegetables (carrots, onions, squash) in a peppery-spiced golden batter.
Spongy-moist Indian paneer cheese dipped in a spicey "gram" flour batter.
"Patchayi Eral Curry", or Prawns in Mint & Coriander-scented curry. This is one of the recipes reproduced from Dr Lourdes Tirouvanziam-Louise' definitive cookbook, "The Pondicherry Kitchen".
Assorted seafood curry.
Chicken in creamed cashewnut & traditional curry spices.
Coconut caramel custard, topped with pomegranate.
Panna cotta scented with saffron
Hotel De L’Orient
17 Rue Romain Rolland,
Tel: +91 413 2343067/8, 2346589
Mobile: +91 97861 00269