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You might have managed with websites like actupondy.com and infopondicherry.in for information on restaurants, pubs and events around Pondicherry. But Vinoth Gowri-nathan,30, has a new online portal, ZoomPondy.com, and promises to take the role of guide to the next level. His portal will showcase local news and events, articles, interviews, reviews, a business directory, deals, hotel booking, travel related services, real estate, business networking and more in Pondicherry. “Soon, we will also be launching the ZoomPondy.com app on IOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android platform. This will be the first mobile app dedicated to the city of Pondicherry,” says Gowrinathan. A graduate in business administration, he hopes to expand this initiative to major cities like Chennai within 24 months. Having lived in Pondicherry for over nine years, he gives us his list of popular hangouts:

LB2 Lounge

Frequented by people of all ages, this lounge/bar and restaurant offers al fresco dining and good food. The owner, Upendra Tripathi, is also expanding his restaurant. Their seafood and cocktails are interesting. Details: 9789665670

Villa Shanti

This hotel was always well-known for the rooms and vertical garden but their restaurant and cafe bar is equally doing well. I would recommend their Indian cuisine. Details: 0413 4200069

Toxic Bar at Atithi

Their new rooftop bar is the talk of the town. It is like one of the sky bars that you can find in other South Asian countries. One gets a great view of Pondicherry and their grills and kebabs are popular among the locals. Details: 0413 2345000

Umami

Though this place is relatively new, Bidisha Samantaray and Leonardo Seghi, have worked well to present an unusual side to Italian cuisine. They have few tables but are packed most of the time, so reserve early. Details: 9787748481

 Rendezvous

My recommendation for seafood. Their cold storage system is also good. They have shifted their premises to Suffren Street, and we miss their rooftop and heritage-style dining room. The restaurant is still visited by locals and nostalgic tourists. Details: 0413 2227677
— Mrinalini Sundar

LB2 Lounge

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