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 News.com
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.