Welcome to chai pani
22 Battery Park Avenue
M-Th 11:30–3:30 / 5:00-9:30pm
F-Sa 11:30–3:30 / 5:30-10:00pm
Su 12:00–3:30 / 5:00-9:30pm
Please note, we do not take reservations.
H A P P E N I N G S
7/19 - Give Back Night for Arts for Life
5/3 - 6/2 - Meherwan @ Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
4/25 - Dining Out for Life at Chai Pani for Western NC Aids Project
4/9 - Dine to be Kind for Asheville Humane Society
3/6/2019 - Charleston Wine + Food Festival
3/24/2019 - Brown in the South - Raleigh, NC
4/9/2019 - Dine To Be Kind benefiting Asheville Humane Society
2/6/2019 - Give Back Night for BeLoved Asheville
11/7/18 - Diwali Celebration at Chai Pani
11/14 - Chai Pani at Haywood Street’s Welcome Table
5/25 - Meherwan Irani speaking at Creative Mornings Asheville
5/31-6/2 - Chai Pani at Atlanta Food and Wine Festival
4/26 - Dining out for Life - a benefit for the WNC Aids Project
3/20 - Dine to be Kind - a benefit for the Asheville Humane Society
SATURDAY, 1/19 - Our Global Table - A Benefit for Pisgah Legal Services
Indian street food from four time 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. The day we opened CHAI PANI ASHEVILLE in 2009 was a testament to will, love and friendship. We ran out of food by midday. As they say, the rest is history ...
In 2012, we opened MG ROAD Bar & Lounge, our stylishly awesome lounge right around the corner from Chai Pani. 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 then opened CHAI PANI DECATUR in Decatur, GA in 2013. It has been included in the 'Best Restaurants in Atlanta' list every year it's been open by Atlanta Magazine and Creative Loafing. Pani Puri nights on Fri and Sat are legendary.
Since then, we've added BUXTON HALL BARBECUE, which features wood-smoked, whole-hog barbecue by Chef Elliott Moss in South Slope, Asheville, NC. Low-country curiosities, southern classics, seasonal pies and pastries, local 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 at night, serving grilled meats and flatbreads to hungry late night commuters, workers and revelers.
SPICEWALLA is our brand new spice company just down the road from Chai Pani in Asheville. The sourcing, selection, and blending process is personally curated by the master of spices himself, Meherwan Irani, along with his culinary team led by chef de cuisine, James Grogan. Spicewalla has been featured in Food & Wine Magazine, Star Chefs Magazine, Asheville Citizen Times, Edible Asheville, Southern Living, among others. Spicewalla can be found in the kitchens of award winning chefs throughout the country.
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES - Hungry? Tickets for Chow Chow: An Asheville Culinary Event available now
GARDEN & GUN MAGAZINE - Southern Chefs’ Go-To Road Trip Snacks
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES - Asheville made: 8 local food obsessions in my kitchen right now
FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE - Master Class: Spice Skills
CHARLESTON CITY PAPER - Gorditas and greens punctuate 2019 Charleston Wine + Food finale at the Cigar Factory
NATION’S RESTAURANT NEWS - A deep dive into this year’s James Beard Awards semifinalists
SCHEDULEFLY PODCAST - Chai Pani team visits India
SOUTHERN LIVING- These Are the 2019 James Beard Award Semifinalists
ATLANTA MAGAZINE - A Tour of India in Decatur
NATION’S RESTAURANT NEWS - Texture explosion: Puffed pieces add crunch to dishes
AVL TODAY - 10+ Cool Jobs in AVL
JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION - Beyond the Family Meal - Where Katie Button Dines in Asheville
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES - Conosur fires up Peruvian chicken, authentic pan-Latin cuisine
CBS THIS MORNING - The Dish with Chef Meherwan Irani
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES - Asheville chefs (and one food writer) reveal the best thing they ate this year
WUNC’S THE STATE OF THINGS - The Chef Revolutionizing Indian Food In America: Meet Meherwan Irani
MATADOR NETWORK - Why Asheville is the best getaway you can take this winter
CITIZEN TIMES - Finding joy at Pupuseria Patty’s
FOOD & WINE - Katie Button’s Guide to Asheville, North Carolina
HOWSTUFFWORKS PODCAST - Meherwan Irani: Street Food Moves Us
GREENVILLE TODAY - #BucketDish: Uttapam at Chai Pani in Asheville
LUZETIPS - Travel Guide to Asheville, North Carolina
DALLAS NEWS - Asheville may be the Santa Fe of the Southeast
NEW YORK TIMES - A Classic Indian Cookbook Returns, This Time for Americans
RESTAURANT HOSPITALITY - Corn: 4 fresh takes on the symbol of summer
CITIZEN TIMES - Eight great salads from Asheville restaurants
THRILLIST - The 23 Best Indian Restaurants In The Country
TRIP EXPERT - Chai Pani Winner of 2018 Experts' Choice Award
CHARLOTTE AGENDA - Where to eat and drink in Asheville
SOUTHERN LIVING - The South’s Best Food Cities 2018
MOUNTAIN XPRESS - Small bites: Chai Pani reopens with a fresh look
CITIZEN TIMES - Asheville's Chai Pani launches new look, expands menu
SOUTHERN LIVING - The 2018 James Beard Award Semifinalists Have Been Announced
MOUNTAIN XPRESS - Small Bites: Southern history at Buxton Hall Barbecue
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES - Chai Pani closes Jan. 29 for a monthlong revamp, adds new pop-up
MOUNTAIN XPRESS - Chotta Chai Pani pop-up
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES - Eat this: Five must-try winter food experiences in Asheville
BABES & BEIGNETS - A weekend in Asheville
TRAVELFREAK - 11 Mouthwatering Restaurants in Asheville, NC
SPOONS & WHITBY - "A little something" at Asheville's Chai Pani
BON APPÉTIT MAGAZINE - Indian-Spiced Pork Roast
ONLY IN YOUR STATE - Foodie Day Trip from Charlotte to Asheville
TRAVEL CHANNEL - Insider's Guide to Asheville
ASHVEGAS - Benevolent Spirits Houston
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES - Where to get fried chicken in Asheville
FOOD NETWORK - I Hart Food's Crispy Sweet Potato Fritters
WHERE ATLANTA - 5 Best Weekend Escapes from Atlanta
ZAGAT - 14 Reasons to Drive to Asheville
WLOS NEWS 13 - Asheville restaurant raises money for Rise as One project
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER - 7 Things You Have to do in Asheville (and 3 you don't)
SPOON UNIVERSITY - 20 Restaurants in Asheville, NC to Add to Your Bucket List
SMOKY MOUNTAIN NEWS - Canyon Kitchen Additions, Dinner Series
MOUNTAIN XPRESS - Soul Shakedown by the River Returns
CITIZEN-TIMES - Short Order: Try this James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinner
GREENVILLE ONLINE - Greenville Food News and Events This Week
CITIZEN-TIMES - Charity Barbecue Festival Features Music, Top Chefs
ASHLEY BROWN WRITING - Highlands Food and Wine Festival Announces 2017 Line-Up!
NASHVILLE SCENE - 20 Questions: What the City's Food Pros Really Think
MOUNTAIN XPRESS - Small Bites: Buxton's Beach Bash
CITIZEN-TIMES - Eater: Chai Pani one of South's Essential Restaurants
THE CAROLINA EPICUREAN - NOWRUZ: Unity at the Table-a celebratory exploration of diverse culinary traditions
HERITAGE RADIO NETWORK - Episode 53 CHSWFF17: Manet Chauhan and Meherwan Irani
ZAGAT - The 26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Where to Eat Fish Stew to Benefit Hurricane Mathew Recovery Efforts
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ADDRESS: 22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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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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