If you want to eat out in Puri other than the hotel you're staying in - all you'll get is a mish mash of cuisine that's neither here nor there - mostly"Authentic Chines ,Bengali and Moghlai" as Santosh Hotel advertises . There are no authentic Orissa eating joints on the lines of Dalma in Bhubaneswar - so if you are staying for a week and are tired of eating jumbled up hotel food ( even the Mayfair where we were staying , was bad ) , you can hop down Chakratirtha Road to the Honey Bee cafe.
It's a small neat place with interesting benches , sital paati on the walls , square polished tables , lanterns hanging from the ceiling and eclectic music - we heard beautiful jazz one day, some Western classical another evening and a Jagannatha stotra one morning when we had breakfast. The owner bakes his own bread and pizzas , buys his cheese from the Eastern hills and laments that the weather will not permit him to make it himself.
The tuna garlic spaghetti and the plain old macaroni cheese were delicious .
So was the cappuccino with its cinnamon sprinkle
and the filter coffee
But the piece de resistance was the chocolate pancake , more of a hot cake than a crepe.
But to be fair the creme caramel at the hotel wasn't that bad