A Restaurant Where You Aren't Allowed To Speak! 7 Unique Restaurants In Auroville Near Pondicherry | HolidayIQ Blog

A Restaurant Where You Aren't Allowed To Speak! 7 Unique Restaurants In Auroville Near Pondicherry

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In Auroville, if you stay long enough, you'll find peace and often, good food to go with it. From silent Korean meals to good north Indian meals, HolidayIQ Travellers list 7 unique places to eat.

A Restaurant Where You Aren't Allowed To Speak! 7 Unique Restaurants In Auroville Near Pondicherry:

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1. Lip-Smacking North Indian Food At Roma's Kitchen, Auroville

Lip-Smacking North Indian Food At Roma's Kitchen, Aurovillesource: auroville.org

With roots in Kolkata, Roma came to Pondicherry in 1975 to drop her mom to the Auroville ashram, and after frequent visits, finally moved there in the mid-80s. Few years ago, she started Roma’s Kitchen in Auroville, which serves authentic North Indian cuisine, with the garlic spinach, palak paneer, maa ki dal and parathas being hot favourites.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sidhartha Patra shares, “Pondicherry has a varied assortment of good places to dine at. Roma's Kitchen (Near Ashram) is one place whose food I absolutely love. Their service and staff suggest you the best food available and also they are quite low on spices.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Vivek Aggarwal, “ Not-to-be-missed- Romas Kitchen in Aouroville. Excellent food and enjoy your meal in a forest.”

2. Goyo – A Tiny Silent Korean Restaurant

Goyo – A Tiny Silent Korean Restaurantsource: scontent.cdninstagram.com

Ever heard of a silent restaurant before? Enjoy the most unusual and delightful meal in Goyo – the 'silent' Korean restaurant. This requires prior bookings and serves a silent lunch 3 times a week. While most of the food is vegan it’s best to mention that you are vegan at the time of booking. It can accommodate only up to 10 people, and you aren’t allowed to speak! Eat quietly and leave.

HolidayIQ Traveller Brinda Majithia shares, “This place is worth the hype. The whole concept of the ashram, the landscaping along with the paisa vasool cafes.”

3. Mason and Co - The Chocolate Factory

Mason and Co - The Chocolate Factorysource: hungrymanwalking.files.wordpress.com

There's a couple who runs a chocolate factory in Auroville. Mason and Co produces fine organic chocolates. French husband-wife duo Fabien and Jane Mason, operate their chocolate label Mason & Co out of Auroville in Pondicherry. It is also a bean-to-bar chocolatier and works directly with organic certified farms in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The duo offer eight kinds of chocolate bars, made from single origin Indian cacao, such as coconut milk dark chocolate, roasted cashew dark chocolate, semi-sweet dark chocolate, chilli and cinnamon dark chocolate among other varieites. Give them a try!

4. Tanto Pizzeria

Tanto Pizzeriasource: hunt.in

Known for their terrific wood fired pizzas with garden fresh toppings, Tanto’s Pizzeria will leave you craving more of their yummilicious Italian fare. With a laid-back, nature-infused setting, ever-smiling staff and an absolutely amazing homemade iced tea, Tanto is where you should be if pizza is your thing. Their flaming wood fire is reassuringly authentic, and the restaurant is crammed with a healthy mix of tourists and locals.

HolidayIQ Traveller Anisha Mehta shares, “There is so much to discover in Pondicherry. Beyond the touristy sights and the ashrams and the French Colony, Pondicherry's food culture is evolved and must be explored by foodies. Right from restaurants in French Colony such as Baker\'s Street, Hotel Du Parc and Le Club to small cafes in Auroville, a food trail in Pondicherry should be on every traveller\'s bucket list. Do visit Le Club for its nibbles they serve with beer and other interesting mocktails. Baker\'s Street is a must! Reach there by 9 am and treat yourself to fresh croissants, pastries, pizzas and of course, yummy coffee. At Auroville, avoid visiting the cafe at the Visitor\'s Centre. Instead visit this place called Tantos that serves legendary pizzas. Run by an Italian gentleman, you must try their range of vegetarian pizzas. Also, there is a small cafe next door run by a couple that serves delicious crepes. Try their cold coffee!”

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5. The Bakery - Auroville Bakery

The Bakery - Auroville Bakerysource: pondicherryinfo.in

A open room with one small bar style round table to stand and munch on those fresh warm goodies. The counter and the cashier tables are manned by smiling courteous ladies swathed in saris of the same colour. They speak perfect English, French, Hindi and Tamil. The glass enclosed display shelves are loaded with different fruit biscuits, biscotti, cookies, cream puffs, eclairs, cakes, tarts, mini pizzas and pastries. The back cupboard shelf had breads of different varieties. The aroma of yeast, flour, sweet ginger and oven hot earthiness is here and simply here for us to savour. They pack everything in paper, very eco friendly. If you are in Auroville, take the extra effort to come here and enjoy bakery goodies.

HolidayIQ Traveller Shruti Rao says, “Auroville Bakery on Auroville main road has the best cakes on the earth and a great ambience. The cakes cost around 20 to 45 rs per piece.”

6. La Terrace - Dishes Cooked With Solar Energy

La Terrace - Dishes Cooked With Solar Energysource: heenamutha.com

The café above the Solar Kitchen is a great place to spend the day over fresh salads, sandwiches, and desserts. All the food is cooked with solar energy and the produce is organic. Spend an evening here to learn about the community and experience impromptu performances from local musicians and artists.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sona Yadav shares, “Dining can be interesting many restaurants in white town for different reasons. Special the seagull (for beer, fish fingers and the view), ajanta, satsanga (for food, but not the attitude), la terrasse (good snacks) among others. Auroville boutique on JN street has great souvenirs, while Titanic has good clothes and Kalki has great merchandise though priced well beyond reach.”

7. Naturellement For The Natural & Organic Gourmand

Naturellement For The Natural & Organic Gourmandsource: blogspot.com

Also hidden away in the forest zone, Naturellemont is a haven for homemade pastas. Transport yourself to Europe with their pesto pasta and open-faced Scandinavian sandwiches, in an open air garden setting. They also manufacture jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys, marmalades, fruit and nut butters, all free from additives.

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