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With a menu update, expect French and Tamil staples like sole meunière and Cuddalore-style squid 

THE Moulin Rouge, the Arc de Triomphe, the river Seine and other iconic snapshots of Paris pop out from the walls of this hangout on Auroville Main Road. But it is the painting of a Mona Lisa draped in a sari that defines the cuisine of Mille et une Saveur—a preponderance of French dishes suited to Indian tastes and Indian favourites tailored to please the French palate.

The restaurant, whose name translates roughly to a ‘thousand and one tastes’, was opened earlier this year by Francois Messon. “Besides French people, we get tourists from various cities who are curious about French food and want to experience it at a reasonable price,” says Helen Messon, the manager.

The crepes (Rs 110 onwards) prove looks are deceptive. Seemingly unassuming, the chicken-mushroom combo—with creamy button mushrooms and slivers of chicken stuffed with melted cheese—is a veritable treat. Meat lovers are spoilt for choice with pork ribs, beef steaks, chipolata and mutton sausages (Rs 300 onwards). While French classics like the sole meuniere, a citrusy pan-fried fish is a popular pick, the gigot d’agneau, a classic cut of lamb, will be added to the menu next month. A barbecue is also being set up.

Chef T Samy has his own list of Indian dishes on the menu, including beef and seafood curries. “Be it prawns, squid or meat, they are prepared with tomato, onion, ginger and garlic, in the coastal styles of Cuddalore and Pondicherry,” he concludes.
From 9 am to 10 pm. Details: 09600849989

— OSG

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