chai pani
Monday - Thursday:  11:30am - 3:30pm  |  5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm  |  5:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm  |  5:00pm - 9:00pm

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Sorry folks! We're all sold out of our tickets for the Cutting Chai premiere! If you missed this showing, keep an eye out for future screenings in Asheville, NC and other cities on social media and Thanks for all the support!

Cutting Chai is a one-of-a-kind documentary presented by Chai Pani, following two-time James Beard-nominated chef Meherwan Irani as he takes his crew of head chefs through 10 cities in 10 days by trains, planes, and auto-rickshaw, eating everything they can possibly get their hands on and living to tell the tale.

About Us:

Chai Pani literally means “tea and water”. It's slang in India for going out for a cup of tea, a tasty bite, a snack, or “a little something”.

Well in Downtown Asheville (and now in Downtown Decatur) it's slang for innovative, fun, affordable & delicious Indian cuisine. We'd go so far as to say it's “mindblasting”.

Some of the most tasty, fun and affordable food of any country is it's street food and Chai Pani features chaat - crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, brightly flavored Indian street snacks.

And since there is nothing more comforting and delicious in any culture than a home cooked meal, Chai Pani also brings you thalis - traditional family meals highlighting India's amazing culinary diversity.

The New York Times was particularly taken by our “fresh, cilantro-strewn takes on Indian street food”, GQ Magazine lauded our “Indian street food with a twang”, and New York Magazine called us "a star in downtown's dining scene". The Huffington Post had us on their list of "Top 10 Cheap Eats in the US" and even Fox called us the "hit of their Asheville trip". (We're just glad we could get them all to agree on one thing)!

We've made it from Bombay to Buncombe, so step off the sidewalk and step into the street – Indian Street Food that is. Yeah, that's a bit corny but we couldn't resist :-)

We'd be remiss if we didn't mention MG ROAD Bar & Lounge, our stylishly awesome lounge right around the corner from Chai Pani. Head barkeep Erin Hawley keeps the focus on the art of the craft cocktail, and the team balances technique & tradition with a level of creativity & innovation that’s been written up from Food & Wine Magazine (twice!) to The Times of India.

And finally for you city slickers, we recenty opened CHAI PANI DECATUR in Atlanta, GA. It has been included in the 'Best Restaurants in Atlanta' list 3 years running by Atlanta Magazine, and Creative Loafing.
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