A date at Villa Shanti : Giving time a break in Pondicherry 3

If you aren’t already head over heels in love with Pondicherry after having read my experiences here and here, here’s more. Β After we reached Anantha Heritage, the manager Mr. Gomez was our planner for transport and he became our go-to guy for the best eateries. One of my friends N had previously suggested that we must have a dinner at Villa Shanti and when Mr. Gomez said the same, we knew we had to go.

It was a wonderful rainy evening as we went chappety-chap along the long streets smelling of fresh flowers and fruits as the market was in full swing for Ganesh Chaturthi. Villa Shanti’s ambience is beautiful – minimalistic, full of clanking of glasses, toasts being raised and plenty of laughter and gaeity abound, it has a charm of its own. Β And the food? Delicious.



We had a 3 course meal starting off with some yummy soup. I had green peas and mintΒ soup with almond while K had dhania shorba. I highly highly recommend the green peas and mint soup. After watching many people ordering this, I knew this was a popular choice that I had chosen by chance.

We then moved onto the main course. After scanning the menu and pondering over what sounded exotic ( πŸ˜‰ ), I settled for pan-fried vegetable patties. Again, success. K had pan-fried chicken and wasn’t too impressed. Β Let’s not worry too much about his choice but celebrate mine. Look at these beauties! Firstly, my pan-fried vegetable patties,


And ofcourse, K’s plate.


But the creme de la creme was of course this!



Caramel creme brulee – oh what AWESOMENESS that was – smooth and creamy, it just slipped right off my tongue into my tummy leaving a lovely trail behind and all of this, before I knew it! Β Highly delectable and hence highly recommended.

Everytime K and I go on a date like this, we realize how much we enjoy food and the company. Little moments like this give us tremendous happiness and something to look forward to. Such a start to our stay in Pondicherry was therefore bound to happen, no?

More coming up πŸ™‚


  1. Destination Infinity · October 8, 2013

    Oh no. Even if I don’t go to Pondy for the tourist attractions, I might be tempted to go just for the food. But it helps that I am trying to eat only healthy food these days. Trying to – read carefully. No temptations for me πŸ˜›

    But these days, I am much more controlled when it comes to eating tasty food. At one time, I was so crazy that I traveled 14 KM just to have lunch in Mylapore!

    Destination Infinity

    • kismitoffeebar · October 9, 2013

      “I was so crazy that I traveled 14 KM just to have lunch in Mylapore” – I can really understand that πŸ™‚ he he, give in to temptations DI, sometimes πŸ™‚
      Moderation is good but only in moderation πŸ™‚

  2. paatiamma · October 8, 2013

    You make Pondy look so tempting..Am planning for a beach vacation with the partner with good food and ambiance for lot of conversation..Am oscillating between Pondy and Goa..What do you suggest?

    • kismitoffeebar · October 9, 2013

      Pondy IS very very beautiful Paatiamma πŸ™‚
      I have never been to Goa. I wouldn’t say a lot about Pndy’s beaches – we just went to the Promenade.. but a beach plus French quarter lounging and some shopping for handmade beauties and Auroville – Pondy is wonderful!
      Maybe you can ask someone about Goa at this time fo the year as well and see how!
      When we went Pondy had good weather – drizzles, sun peeping through – just nice to cuddle up πŸ™‚

      • paatiamma · October 10, 2013

        Wow..That sounds great enough… I would check out about Goa as well.. cuddle up?? πŸ˜€

  3. Yash the PolymathGeek · October 8, 2013

    How come you get to enjoy your veggie patties but K gets a not too impressive dish? I suspect.. ahem.. Fowl Play πŸ™‚

    • kismitoffeebar · October 9, 2013

      Ha ha Yash! Trust you to come up with word play πŸ™‚ trust me, no fowl play and nothing fishy either πŸ˜€

  4. Ramya · October 9, 2013

    Now, now..Who’s the sweetest : Kismi or Caramel creme brulee , Very tough competition ,uh? My bfast is done by drooling at the patties and the shorba!!

    • kismitoffeebar · October 9, 2013

      Ha ha ,you are sweet Ramya! LOL. I wish I could be as easily satisfied as you πŸ˜›

  5. KP · October 9, 2013

    Will remember Villa Shanti when I go to Pondy next.Thanks

  6. Arch · October 9, 2013

    Awesome!! πŸ™‚ Though I have been to Pondy, your posts are tempting me to take a trip again!

    • kismitoffeebar · October 9, 2013

      In that case, I hope you get to do it again Arch πŸ™‚

  7. Jas · October 9, 2013

    Awesome. The food is just delicious for the eyes πŸ™‚

    • kismitoffeebar · October 9, 2013

      Thanks Jas! πŸ™‚ Sigh, I could do with some of that soup now myself πŸ˜›

  8. The Girl Next Door · October 11, 2013

    What a delicious post! We missed VIlla Shanti when we were in Pondy – I’ll make sure we definitely go there the next time around. I hope it is soon. πŸ™‚ That creme brulee looks, and sounds, delicious. BTW, what’s with the expression on your face? πŸ˜€

    I was talking about Madame Shanthe’s in my comment on your last post, not Villa Shanti. That is a simple place, with a simpler menu, decorated with big conch shells and fishing nets. We liked the ambience and the food there.

    • kismitoffeebar · October 16, 2013

      Thanks TGND! πŸ™‚ The expression was more on the lines of “ooooooo….. heaven!” πŸ˜› I was caught unawares ofcourse. K , as usual πŸ˜›
      Oh. Madame Shanthe sounds nice – conch shells and fishing nets – something ot watch out for when I go there next!:)

  9. Lakshmi Loves To Shop · October 29, 2013

    I was just in Pondicherry too. We loved the Villa Shanti restaurant. I wish I had had the creme caramel like you though…it looks divine ~ Lakshmi

    • kismitoffeebar · October 29, 2013

      Hi Lakshmi! Welcome here πŸ™‚

      I love your blog and am so happy to see you here!
      Oh, there is always a next time and a reason to go back, right? πŸ˜›

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