Miles and Pixels
A most adorable Gallery Cafe on 23, Sucrouf Street (Tamil side of the canal), this was my go to place for the afternoons. For some inexplicable reason, most places close from 2PM-6PM, some serve only juices and beer, but Kasha Ki Asha is open till 7:30 PM. It has a small menu, but filled with weird names like European Thali, Indian Burritos and Cold Noodles. The furniture is completely bamboo, the free wi-fi is blazing fast, the lemon soda glass is bottomless and the breeze from the sea is nothing short of magical.
Certificates of Excellence 2013, 2014
From Peter M., Thailand
This little eatery is definitely one of Pondicherry’s hidden gems. Great food, cooked to order and beautifully presented in a wonderful environment. You won’t find a better value in the city and I assure you the food is fabulous.
From Chris D., New Jersey
A welcome escape from the hustle & bustle of Pondicherry. The rooftop terrace is peaceful, the lounge chairs are comfortable, and the chocolate cake is to die for – a must try! I had the European Thali and it was fresh and delicious. I also really liked the “mix it yourself” lemon water that lets you make it to your liking. The servers were friendly and the scenery was beautiful.
From Jane M. , Sydney
Possibly the best seated area in Pondi, high on a roof terrace away from the noise surrounded by plants and a choice of comfortable tables and chairs or lounge chairs. The wifi access is good and its a great spot to just chill out and have a coffee and a snack or have a meal. The menu is a refreshing change from what is available in pondi, a mix of european and indian food served in good portions. The pancakes for breakfast are amazing and the european thali for lunch is great too. Always fresh and consistent. The staff are lovely, they are all local women and even if their english isn’t the best they are really keen and happy to help.
A must try in Pondi!
LONELY PLANET India – Kasha Ki Aasha Cafe
You’ll get a great pancake breakfast, good lunches and delicious cakes on the pretty rooftop of this colonial-house-cum-craftshop-cum-cafe. Fusion food includes chips with chutney, ‘European-style thali’ and ‘Indian enchilada’. The heat in some dishes has been dialled back for Western tastes, but it’s all tasty.
LONELY PLANET India – Kasha Ki Aasha Boutique
Fabulous fabrics, gorgeous garments and comfy leather sandals are sourced directly from their makers and sold by an all-female staff in a lovely colonial-era house.
Kasha Ki Aasha provides customers with exclusive products from across India with Tamil hospitality and quality.
ANOTHER TRAVEL GUIDE
An American-owned traditional Indian style shop with an excellent roof café. The first floor is tempting enough with its eye-catching choice of home textiles, jewellery, bags, scarves, pottery and all sorts of knickknacks. There is only one thing even more charming than that, and it is the terrace café on the second floor. Make yourself comfortable under the thatched roof and enjoy a light lunch while browsing a book.
Kasha ki aasha is a café and restaurant where you can eat pancake breakfasts and European style thali and drink organic coffee and tea. All staff at Kasha ki aasha are women, which is well worth supporting in a country where women face severe discrimination at working places.