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Pondi: where bold Indian flavours meet French bistro charm

May 3rd 2024

Returning to this gem in Sai Ying Pun, which first opened its doors in 2020, was an absolute delight.

Pondi: where bold Indian flavours meet French bistro charm
by Aude Camus
Being French, the concept of a neighbourhood bistro holds a special place in my heart. There's something comforting about stepping into a cosy space where you're warmly welcomed by the chef, settling in for a delicious meal in a relaxed atmosphere, and, of course, enjoying a glass of wine. Pondi perfectly embodies this concept. And if you're wondering about the name, it's a nod to Pondicherry, this Indian city that was once a French colony. Quite fitting for a place that seamlessly blends the essence of a traditional bistro with a vibrant array of Indian flavours.
First there’s the ambiance. There’s something about Fuk Sau Lane, on which Pondi is located, that exudes bustling village square atmosphere. With two terraces, one for Pondi and another for the adjacent Shop B restaurant—the air is filled with the hum of conversations among friends and couples, the gentle clinking of wine glasses, and the comforting sounds emanating from the open kitchen. The restaurant itself is casual, and invitingly open to the street. For the best experience, snag a seat on the terrace when the weather permits, or cosy up to the kitchen counters to catch all the action up close.

Pondi: where bold Indian flavours meet French bistro charm
Now, onto the food. Glancing at the menu, it's clear that Chef Mahem's passion for the flavours of his homeland shines through, with a delightful French influence woven in. But don't expect the usual suspects here. From the Indian potato chaat to the French dry-aged tartare, Pondi puts a unique spin on every dish. Yes, you'll find the charming fusion of old-world French elegance and the vibrant warmth of India, but presented in a refreshingly modern way. My advice? Trust the chef and indulge in either the six-course or eight-course chef's tasting menu. You'll have the chance to savour signature dishes alongside market-fresh specials of the day.

Pondi: where bold Indian flavours meet French bistro charm
The price point is also worth mentioning. A reasonable one is a hallmark of any good bistro, and Pondi delivers. With the priciest dish, the Boti Beef, clocking in at HKD 388, and the tasting menus priced at HKD 500 and HKD 680 respectively, you can expect exceptional value for the quality of food and experience.

Pondi: where bold Indian flavours meet French bistro charm
f course, you know me, I can't enjoy a this bistro experience without a glass of wine. And with Pondi being part of the same team behind Sai Ying Pun wine bistro Brut! and small-batch wine bar and retail store Crushed Wines, it's no surprise that the wine list is on point. With bottles starting at HKD 540 and options by the glass priced at HKD 120, there's something to suit every palate. If you're opting for a tasting menu, consider adding on the wine pairing for HKD 350 per person.
Last but certainly not least, the team at Pondi exudes the friendly, welcoming vibes you'd expect from your neighbourhood bistro.
In conclusion? I'll definitely be back, and I'm already looking forward to it. Whether it's a cosy date night with my husband or a girls night with my friend, Pondi promises an intimate dining experience filled with delicious food, good wine and lovely vibes.

14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun


This article is based on a complimentary media tasting hosted by Pondi. No money has been paid for publishing this write-up which is entirely based on the genuine opinion of its author. 


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