Hold on to your hats at Pondicherry’s new rooftop restaurants. Also, a watermelon buffet to keep you fresh this weekend.
Grab your camera and head to DakshinaChitra tomorrow, as a two-day photography workshop is on the cards. Concepts like lighting, camera control, light and shade, and processing images will be covered by Chennai-based photographer, Pochi Venkat. Rs 2,000 (including lunch and conveyance).
From 10.30 am – 5 pm. Details: 24462435
Labour of love
Stylish yet utilitarian—that defines a working woman’s bag. Catering to both is Hidesign’s collection, Into the Wild. Choose from bags like the Cressida shoulder bag—with multiple compartments that can easily carry a 13-inch laptop—and the Yangtze (in aubergine and brown), a horizontal tote with elephant prints. Rs 1,495. Details: 30083339
Enjoy the earthy flavours of street food at Hotel Atithi. From crisp masala and keerai vadas to crunchy pakoras and bhajis, the Rottu Kadai festival features traditional favourites. With separate counters serving varieties of parottas and chaat, the dosa and puttu (made on site) are served with savoury curries. Finish with thengai burfi, rava ladoo, kulfi, coffee or masala tea. Today, 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm. Details: 0413 2345000
♦ Enjoy the cool evenings at the city’s two new
rooftop restaurants. Le Café, which abuts the
seashore, offers panoramic views of the Promenade from its windy dining space. The menu is strictly dosas (ghee, masala, egg) prepared live and served with coffee or tea. Rs 60 onwards. Details: 0413 4209062.
♦ A few feet away, at Café Extasi on Mission Street, you can down a beer and try pizzas on
the third floor. Enjoy seafood grills, like prawns
and fish, with your choice of marinade, from
the live barbecue counter. Pizzas from Rs 300. Details: 0413 2917949
All in one
From today, you can try vegetarian South and North Indian thalis at Legumes, Accord Puducherry. While both offer choices of vada, chips, pickles, rice and desserts, the South Indian version has options like yam fry, beetroot poriyal and urulai pattani. The North Indian plate features gravy-based kadai paneer and dingri mutter, and dry sabzis like aloo gobi.
Rs 350 onwards. Details: 2299000
Green and red
Don’t miss the refreshing watermelon-themed lunch and dinner at the Waters Edge Cafe, Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay. Sip on a melon slush and start off with a melon and feta salad. The mains include Indian and Continental dishes, while for desserts, there is watermelon rasmalai and popsicles, along with a watermelon and basil ice cream. Saturday and Sunday. Rs 1,600 plus tax. Details: 27443636