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“Nice creole curry, in beautiful atmosphere, music still odd”

Neemrana's Carte Blanche
Ranked #34 of 365 Restaurants in Pondicherry
Price range: $8 - $11
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Topping my list of favourites in Pondicherry would be the HOTEL DE L'ORIENT on Rue Romain Rolland, which remains true to its Neemrana non-hotel ethic in its sublimely atmospheric CARTE BLANCHE courtyard restaurant. I honestly couldn't decide which I liked more - the soup glacee aux concombres et amandes, a truly light and delicious cold soup made with cucumber and almonds or the equally refreshing figues sechees aromatisees a l'eau de rose (oranges, dates and dry figs in a salad dressed with rose water).
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice creole curry, in beautiful atmosphere, music still odd”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

We wanted to try some creole cuisine and after a little internet research, we settled on Hotel de l'Orient. The menu was quite different than the one posted online and outside the restaurant, and had fewer creole options than we had expected. Still we ordered the what was available-- the creole seafood and rice-- and were so pleased with it, that we ordered a second helping. For dessert, we had a forgettable chocolate cake and ice cream, but it was forgettable enough to be no big deal. The ambiance is striking and decidedly romantic, a little too much so, though, when Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" came suddenly blaring over the speaker system followed in random succession by "Raindrops Keep Falling My Head" and Garbage. A strange playlist by anyone's account, that seemed to be not the fault of the restaurant management but rather an obnoxious upstairs guest. Nonetheless, a lovely meal and one of the better dining experiences we had in Pondy.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Jacob H
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Carte Blanche, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind words about the Carte Blanche restaurant at the Hotel de l’Orient heritage hotel in Pondicherry.

We are pleased to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed the ambience and Creole cuisine.

This is exactly what we strive to achieve and it is always rewarding when someone at the receiving end can sense the effort and the love.

We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Geneva, Switzerland
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant, a reason to go back to Pondi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

The papaya and cucumber cold soup was amazingly tasty and refreshing. Catch of the day was very fresh and well cooked. Service is efficient but not too present and fairly fast for India.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Pascal F
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Carte Blanche, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your valuable review about the Carte Blanche restaurant at the Hotel de l’Orient heritage hotel in Pondicherry.

Your compliments about the cuisine have been conveyed to the Chef. We have also conveyed your compliments about the discrete and efficient service to the service team.

We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Selborne, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“delicious food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

this hotel has a great restaurant - the best we visited in Pondi - enjoyed all meals - breakfasts really great - French and Indian cooking

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank anna f
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Carte Blanche, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind feedback about the Carte Blanche restaurant at the Hotel de l’Orient heritage hotel in Pondicherry.

We are delighted to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine at the property and look forward to welcoming you back soon !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Lunch treat at Carte Blanche”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

We had their beef steak, grilled prawns, kids meal (fried fish and rice) and snapper. The steak was good. The prawns were a little overdone. The fish was fresh and tasted pretty good. loved the sauces in all the dishes. I have reduced their rating as they had really poor service. There were 2 groups and 2 families. They were more interested in attending to the groups and not bothered about the families.

Visited June 2013
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Thank atulajith
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Carte Blanche, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback about the Carte Blanche restaurant.

We are pleased to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine offered.

Your feedback about the service has been conveyed to the Restaurant Manager and the team has been given the necessary training to ensure that the same does not recur in the future.

We truly value your patronage and do hope that you will give us a chance to make this up to you in the future.

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Chennai
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286 reviews
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“Good food, great ambience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

I have visited and stayed at Hotel de L'Orient twice before. This time we only had time for dinner at the restaurant. It was a lovely experience and the service was exceptional. We chose the air conditioned part of the restaurant because Pondy can be scorching in April- we love the courtyard in better weather.

The food was excellent and the cocktails were delicious- their special for the day was a Cosmopolitan and it was really good. Do try to make time for a special dinner at Carte Blanche on your next visit to Pondy.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank GitaChennai
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Carte Blanche, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your valuable feedback about the Carte Blanche Restaurant at the Hotel de l’Orient in Pondicherry.

Your compliments about the food and the beverages have been conveyed to the Chef and the bartender.

We thank you for your continued patronage and look forward to welcoming you back soon !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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