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INDIAN STREET FOOD

IN DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE, NC

 

CHAI PANI HAPPENINGS

 

WEDNESDAY - 7/6 - GIVE BACK DAY: Chai Pani will donate 10% of dinner sales to BLUE RIDGE PRIDE CENTER as a part of our ongoing Giving Back Initiative

WEDNESDAY - 8/3 - GIVE BACK DAY: Chai Pani will donate 10% of dinner sales to WELCOME TABLE as a part of our ongoing Giving Back Initiative

WEDNESDAY - 9/7 - GIVE BACK DAY: Chai Pani will donate 10% of dinner sales to SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE as a part of our ongoing Giving Back Initiative

 

Indian street food from
twice James Beard nominated chef Meherwan Irani

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

Some of the best food of any country is its street food, and Chai Pani features chaat - crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, brightly flavored Indian street snacks. And because there's 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 into the street – Indian Street Food that is. (Couldn't resist!)

From Bombay to Buncombe and Asheville to Atlanta, Chai Pani has extended our love of food, culinary experience, and storytelling to the southeast. In 2012, we opened 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 to The Times of India.

We also opened CHAI PANI DECATUR in Decatur, GA in 2013. It has been included in the 'Best Restaurants in Atlanta' list 3 years running by Atlanta Magazine, and Creative Loafing. Since then, we've added BUXTON HALL BARBECUE, which features wood-smoked, whole-hog barbecue by Elliott Moss in South Slope, Asheville, NC. Alongside low-country favorites and southern classics, guests can expect delicious seasonal pies and pastries as well as a robust bar program featuring a large selection of draft beer, craft cocktails, rotating punches and a daily slushy.

Botiwalla is the newest restaurant from Chai Pani and chef Meherwan Irani. Inspired by the tea and kabab houses (known as Irani cafes) of Meherwan's childhood, as well as the grills (sigris) that pop up on the streets of India late at night, serving grilled meats and flatbreads to hungry revelers.

 

LOCATION

22 Battery Park Avenue
Downtown Asheville
North Carolina 28801

(828) 254-4003
info@chaipaniasheville.com

Hours

M-Th 11:30–3:30 / 5:00-9:00
F-Sa 11:30–3:30 / 5:00-10:00
Su 12:00–3:30 / 5:00-9:00

 

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2016:

MOUNTAIN XPRESS: The real meal: Exploring the concept of culinary authenticity

PASTE MAGAZINE: City in a Glass

THRILLIST: Small US Cities with World Class Food Scenes

CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER: The Best Things to Do in Asheville, NC

ONLY IN YOUR STATE: Top 10 Restaurants in North Carolina

TASTING TABLE: Indian Food is Breaking New Ground

MOUNTAIN XPRESS: Chefs Converge in Asheville for Appalachian Food Salon

EATER: Inside the Breakfast Bowl Series: South India's Upma

OZY: Bring on the New Indian Cuisine

PLOUGH TO PANTRY: Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani and Buxton Hall Barbecue

 

2015:

NY DAILY NEWS: Asheville is Unlike Anywhere Else in the South

ZAGAT: 10 Reasons to Drive to Asheville, NC

ASHVEGAS: Best of Asheville 2015

FORBES: Top 10 Food and Restaurant Trends of 2015

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Asheville– the South's Inside Destination

YAHOO: Top Emerging Foodie Cities in the US

EXPLORE ASHEVILLE: Chef Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani on Storytelling

TRAVEL + LEISURE: How to Spend a Perfect Weekend in Asheville, NC

MEN'S JOURNAL: 17 Corn Recipes for Summer

ATLANTA MAGAZINE: Chai Pani owner to open new restaurant in Atlanta

FOOD AND WINE: Chef Irani shares his recipe for Vindaloo Flank Steak

BON APPÉTIT: Restaurants to visit in Asheville

CITIZEN TIMES: Chef Irani gets James Beard Nomination

 

2014:

GARDEN & GUN: Crispy Okra Fries

JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION: Chef Irani nominated for Best Chef Southeast

USA TODAY: 10 Best: Places for Deep-Fried Food

SERIOUS EATS: Top Notch Indian Street Eats at Chai Pani

 

2013:

COCA COLA JOURNEY: Acclaimed Chefs Dish About the Family Table

THE TIMES OF INDIA: Exporting Indian Flavors

FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE: How to Flavor Cocktails with Indian Spices

FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE: Why Food Lovers are Loving Asheville

 

2012:

FOX NEWS: Chai Pani "the hit of the trip"

 

MOUNTAIN XPRESS: MG Road Bar & Lounge

KHABAR MAGAZINE: Indian Restaurants - Going for Hip

 

2011:

GQ MAGAZINE: Rad City - Asheville, NC

MOUNTAIN XPRESS: Saag Paneer Recipe

ACTIONFEST: Chai Pani Lights Up the Powder Keg

ITINERANT FOODIES: Asheville All-Stars

 

2010:

NEW YORK TIMES: 36 Hours in Asheville

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE: A Dream Incarnate

MOUNTAIN XPRESS: It Takes A Village

BOLD LIFE: Street Fare

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ADDRESS: 22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

PH: 828-254-4003

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CATERING

If you want to party like it’s the end of a Bollywood movie then make your next event mindblasting with some affordable and delicious Chai Pani goodness. We can customize a catering order to fit any size and budget, and have venue rental available at our MG Road - our epic Bar & Lounge. For everything from birthday parties and wedding dinners to chef tasting menu dinners and company events, Chai Pani has you covered.** Inquire about a chef’s table!

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