Disa Gudmundsdottir looks comfortable being the accidental restaurateur as we chat over a couple of drinks at her café and fashion store Dis Dis & Co on 45B Romain Rolland Street, Pondicherry. Opened just last week, the café came as an afterthought to Gudmundsdottir when she went about looking for the right space for her store. Of course her partner Upendra Tripathi’s experience in hospitality (he owns LB2 lounge on Rue Labourdonnais) was essential to convert the 2,000 sq ft house into a multi zone fashion café with a bar, outdoor lounge and dining area.
We start our evening with a guava long tea and a classic mojito and recommend the Bombay calamari (a fresh take on a chaat in a papad basket) and country bacon salad for starters. Upendra says this is easily one of their best dishes. For mains we try grilled prawns with fries and vegetables and a steak, before finishing with a Moelleux au Chocolat (or chocolate lava cake) and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
“We plan to add a tandoor and then a pizza oven,” says Tripathi. Gudmundsdottir adds, “Ever since I became a mother, I kept wondering how parents manage to dine out, till I came up with the perfect solution, a crib!” Dis Dis & Co will soon have a children’s room with two nannies. And if you prefer healthy meals, look forward to organic ingredients, more salads, raw foods, sushi, and special Sunday brunches, starting soon.
Meal for two at Rs 1,200-Rs 1,500. Details: 0413 2225616 or email@example.com
— Dipen Desai