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“Chai Pani Oh My!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chai Pani

Chai Pani
Ranked #27 of 775 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 5 - US$ 15
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighbourhood: Downtown Asheville
Description: Innovative, fun, affordable, delicious, mind blasting Indian Cuisine featuring "chaat" - crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, brightly flavored Indian street snacks and "Thalis" - traditional family meals highlighting India's amazing culinary diversity. Recommended by the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetite, Food & Wine and GQ Magazine.
North Wales, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Chai Pani Oh My!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

When you go to Asheville (not if, because you really should go) make a stop at Chai Pani. I'm in love with this place. I'm in love with the idea of this place. The whole story about the couple that started it and how they merge food from both north and south India (most indian restaurants only specialize in one or the other) along with the featured "street food" really offers up the feeling that you have truly experienced India in some way. Aside from the theory itself, the food in fantastic. We had the Dahi Sev Puri, fried okra and the non-vegetarian thali. We also had the cheaper indian lager, which was nice because it was super-light and didn't bog down or conflict with the dishes.
Our waiter was very attentive, knowledgeable and really tuned in with what we were looking for in a meal.
Chai have everything I love in restaurant, atmosphere without being pretentious, a great back story, humble origins, amazing and authentic food.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Some of the best Indian food we've had since leaving the UK 20 years ago.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

Every dish was delicious and tasted authentic and homemade. No generic curry base here! Cheap and cheerful in the best possible sense.

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Thank Helplawyer
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Nashville, Tennessee
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77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Amazing, lovely food that will differs from traditional Indian cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

I love this restaurant. When in Asheville, we eat here whenever we can. It is a wonderful place with tasty food. The staff is happy and helpful. The food is superb and hits the mark every time.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank gratefulfortravel
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Overrated!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

I had heard a lot about it from friends and others. The food was very ok and I have had street food better than this. If you are from India and thinking that it will be authentic street food then you are mistaken as most of the items are suited for american taste. The ambience is of a normal cafe, posters of Indian autorickshaws, Indian bhel waala try to recreate the street cafe feel, food is pricey, service is average, our server wasn't too cheerful or smiling at us, not even once, which was kind of awkward as I have not felt out of place at an 'Indian' restaurant before. Overall, you can try it if you really don't have anywhere else to go.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank foodie_charlotte
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ChaiPani, Owner at Chai Pani, responded to this review, 24 April 2012
Hi there!

We're so sorry to hear about your less than perfect experience at Chai Pani. Thank you for your feedback - it sounds like we somehow missed a step on your visit with both the food & service and it really helps us to hear about it.

The most frequently heard comment at Chai Pani (by Indians!) is how much the food tastes like home (India!), so we take it very seriously if the food fails short with a customer. We'll work even harder to make sure nothing slips through the cracks and again, we apologize that your dining experience wasn't up to our usual standards.

Warm Regards,
The Gang at Chai Pani
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Columbia, Maryland
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185 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Love it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

The place always seems to be jumping, so make sure you get there before you're starving. Food is great - especially recommend the Bhel Puri or the Pakoras. They make a mean mango Lassi, too. If you like Indian food, you will love this place.

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank Cristal0505
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