A gorgeous lunch situation at Les Alize, a rooftop restaurant at Palais de Mahe in the White Town of Pondicherry.
There’s something about French cuisine you can’t resist. So when I planned my Pondicherry(Puducherry) trip I knew this is going to be a blatant gluttony indulgence. I had planned to try out various cafes and restaurants, traipsing through the lanes of the ever so gorgeous French Colony. Amidst all the epicurean delight, one particular place pulled the strings of my heart. Thus, it deserves a dedicated detailed post. However, I plan to list down some of the cafes you shouldn’t miss while in Pondicherry in another post. For now, let’s focus on the luminary, shall we?
On my last day in Pondicherry, before leaving for Chennai, I decided to have lunch at Palais de Mahe. I had been eyeing this place even before landing in the White Town but somehow the plan to treat myself here delayed over the two days span and I consoled myself thinking there’s always the next time. Amidst the pool of cafes and restaurants, it’s not humanly possible to try out even the famous places in a weekend. Thankfully, a commendable decision was made at the last moment and I landed up at Les Alize– the in-house restaurant of Palais de Mahe, which is the by far the most expensive place to stay at.
Les Alize, a rooftop restaurant at Palais de Mahe, deserves no special mention if we are aware of the vintage-ly rich ambiance of the hotel itself. Blending with the beauty of French architecture, the hotel dons yellow and white walls. A perfect seating arrangement at the rooftop with an open terrace gives the feel of fine dining.
Pro tip- Have dinner at Les Alize, Palais de Mahe. They serve the best seafood. Trust the source and you won’t regret, I promise! 🙂
I always judge a restaurant by the ambiance/decor, the presentation of food and how courteous the staff is, apart from food. This one stood the test and I devoured happily because the ambiance was classic, the staff was courteous and friendly, and I had the best meal. Although, there wasn’t a lot in terms of presentation, let’s not be the critics here! 😉
I totally recommend this place for it’s worth the price and a value to your culinary experience.
What I Ate
I started off by ordering cocktails followed by starters and a dessert. I wanted a light lunch keeping in mind the long journey ahead but eventually ended up leaving tummy full. Such is the life of flagrant foodies!
The cocktails were indeed refreshing and perfect to the taste with a nice blend of alcohol. Just like the way I wished for on a sunny afternoon after the roaming the whole White Town.
Next was an authentic French crepe with Mushroom and Spinach filling served with chickpea salad. It was the most delicious crepe I ever had after the notoriously famous Banana Nutella Crepe. The creamiest filling had me order the dish twice. You see, although, I stuck with the starters I knew how to go overboard- Guilty pleasures, I tell you!
Following the trend to devour the scrumptious starters, came to my plate the softest lamb meat balls my mouth has ever tasted. Melt in the mouth kinds had me brazenly order another plate. A hungry soul shall never be satisfied with just one, right? These perfectly cooked, yummiest meat balls were served with the tangiest tartar sauce and I happily licked it all 😀
Finally, owing to the time and the amount of food and drinks consumed, I decided to end the saga with a dessert. Okay, I am not even exaggerating but if there is a place I have tasted the best Chocolate Tart, it has to be this restaurant. Hands down! I am warning you don’t dare miss the place, you would never know what all you would miss in the name of the best food. The right mix of caramel and chocolate topped with an empowering mint taste(spot the leaf!) made the best Tart in the whole town. The end could not have been better!
I had the best meal here and this place definitely had me elated with all the good food and perfect ambiance.
Have you tried this delightful place in Pondicherry? Tell me in the comments below which restaurant had you swooning during your travels!
P.S.- If you wish to relive the French Colonial era, book yourself a room at Palais de Mahe, chill at the poolside, indulge in some serious breakfast affair at Earth Cafe and sort your lunch, dinner woes at Les Alize. Steal the deal while in Pondicherry! 😀