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CHAI PANI DECATUR

406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

HOURS:
Monday - Thursday -
11:30am - 3:00pm/5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday - 11:30am - 3:00pm/  5:30pm- 10:00pm
Sunday - 11:30am - 3:00pm/  5:30pm - 9:00pm

Phone:
(404) 378-4030


HAPPENINGS

UPCOMING

8/11 - 13th Annual GRACE Awards Gala - Meherwan Irani a finalist for the Diversity Leadership Award

8/14 -Brown in the South James Beard House Dinner, NYC

9/13 - Brown in the South @ Asheville First Culinary Festival: Chow Chow

PAST

5/14 - Indian-ish: A dinner with Priya Krishna & Meherwan Irani. Click here for tickets.

5/3 - 6/2 - Meherwan @ Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

3/20 - Give back night for Camp Kesem

3/4 - Chai Pani’s 6th Birthday Party. Click here for details

1/16/19 - Chai Pani give back night for Georgia Asylum And Immigration Network

11/7 - Diwali Celebration at Chai Pani Decatur

11/11 - Chai Pani at Development in Gardening Cocktails & Castoffs

9/8 - Decatur's Dinner Party & Fundraiser Supporting Global Growers

6/20 - Give Back Night at Chai Pani Decatur for World Refugee Day supporting the IRC

4/19 -Atlanta Magazine 50 Best Restaurants Party, 6 to 9 p.m.

1/14/2018 BROWN IN THE SOUTH CHEF DINNER SERIES

12/7 CHALLAH WALLA VOL. 2

11/8 DINING FOR A CAUSE

9/24 DECATUR'S DINNER PARTY

7/17 - 7/23 - GEORGIA RESTAURANT WEEK

SATURDAY, 6/3 - ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL FEATURES CHEF MEHERWAN IRANI WITH CHEF TODD GINSBERG 

FRIDAY, 6/2 - ATLANTA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL FEATURES CHEF MEHERWAN IRANI AT THE CONNOISSEUR DINNER SERIES: THE FINGER BOWL CHRONICLES AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER

THURSDAY, 4/20 - CHEF MEHERWAN IRANI PARTICIPATES IN THE ATLANTA TASTE OF THE NATION EVENT BENEFITTING NO KID HUNGRY 

CUTTING CHAI featured at KINOKI FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE UNIVERSITARIO 2017

 

Chai Pani's own YouTube series is now online! Check out all the episodes by clicking here, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch new and exciting videos!

Indian Street Food in Downtown Decatur 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.” Chai Pani can also mean a small bribe just enough to get a bite to eat. Well at Chai Pani Decatur, you won’t have to bribe us for innovative, fun, affordable and delicious Indian cuisine.

Some of the most tasty, fun and affordable food of any country is its 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.

Hop in a rickshaw, your home away from home awaits.

OUR STORY

On the first day, a hallowed voice did say, “Let there be Chaat!”
When Chai Pani Asheville first opened its doors in 2009, we couldn’t close them for several hours . . . literally. There was a line of expectant customers out the door, blocking the sidewalk, and wanting food most of them had never heard of. We can’t be sure Vishnu himself gave Chai Pani the nod of approval, but to those customers who wept over the bliss they experienced while eating a potato uttapam, what other conclusion can be drawn?

DECATUR BOUND

After a few years of growing and learning on our feet, at the urging of the loyal customers and happy food critics, we decided to expand to the Atlanta area, and where better than beautiful downtown Decatur?

But surely this would be a more subdued opening . . . after all, could the magic be recreated? Does lightning strike twice? After the core team swore a blood oath and agreed to move to Decatur, the work to bring the best flavors and brightest colors of India to the Atlanta area began. And somehow, word spread. Well before the doors opened, droves of hungry people and journalists called and showed up in person.

Like Indra’s mighty thunderbolt, lightning struck again in Decatur, before the paint even dried!

We are humbled by the welcome we’ve received and pledge to serve your insatiable desire for Indian street food, with our one of a kind culinary creations and libations. And don’t forget the Chai— rivers and rivers of delicious Chai. Join us for a cup.

 

Phone

(404) 378-4030

Location

406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

In the heart of downtown Decatur, just a few miles from Atlanta.

We have parking and no reservations are needed.

Hours

Monday - Thursday
11:30 - 3:00/  5:30 - 9:30
Friday - Saturday
11:30 - 3:00/  5:30 - 10:00
Sunday
11:30 - 3:00/  5:30 - 9:00

2018 HOLIDAY HOURS

Thanksgiving Day: Closed  Christmas Eve: Open for lunch & closed for dinner
Christmas Day: Closed
New Years Eve: Open for lunch & dinner
New Years Day: Open for lunch & dinner


PRESS

CHAI PANI has been widely reviewed and praised over the years at our Asheville location (The New York Times, GQ Magazine, Food & Wine Magazine, Fox News, New York Magazine to name a few), but we are truly humbled by the sheer quantity of articles, reviews and praise being heaped on Chai Pani Decatur. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

2019

MATADOR NETWORK - FROM INDIA TO THAILAND, A GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S CURRIES

GARDEN & GUN - WHAT CHEFS CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT BOURBON

TASTE OF THE SOUTH MAGAZINE - EMBRACING THE FUTURE AND CELEBRATING THE PAST OF SOUTHERN FOOD

FOOD NEWSFEED - HOW TO MAKE STREET FOOD WORK FOR SIT-DOWN

TASTE PODCAST #55- CHEF AND RESTAURATEUR MEHERWAN IRANI CHANGING THE PERCEPTION OF INDIAN FOOD IN AMERICA

GARDEN & GUN MAGAZINE - SOUTHERN CHEFS’ GO-TO ROAD TRIP SNACKS

FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE - MASTER CLASS: SPICE SKILLS

MATADOR NETWORK - A NEW GENERATION OF CHEFS IS BRINGING REAL INDIAN FOOD TO THE SOUTH

WUNC - BEING BROWN IN THE SOUTH: WHEN SOUTHERN CLASSICS MEET INDIAN TRADITION

NATION’S RESTAURANT NEWS - A DEEP DIVE INTO THIS YEAR’S JAMES BEARD AWARDS SEMIFINALISTS

GARDEN & GUN - SOUTHERN CHEFS’ GO-TO ROAD TRIP SNACKS

EATER - THE 38 ESSENTIAL ATLANTA RESTAURANTS, WINTER '19

THRILLIST - THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA RIGHT NOW

ATLANTA MAGAZINE - A TOUR OF INDIA IN DECATUR

EATER - THE ESSENTIAL FOOD AND DINING EVENTS TO ATTEND IN FEBRUAY

DECATURISH - (VIDEO) CHAI PANI CHEF AND OWNER APPEARS ON CBS THIS MORNING

2018

ATLANTA MAGAZINE - QUEER EYE FOR THE GEORGIA GUY: THE FAB FIVE GIVE US ONE MORE ROUND OF LOCAL STYLE ADVICE

WUNC’S THE STATE OF THINGS - THE CHEF REVOLUTIONIZING INDIAN FOOD IN AMERICA: MEET MEHERWAN IRANI

ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION - THIS DECATUR INSTITUTION DOES INDIAN STREET FOOD RIGHT

DIWALI MELA AT CHAI PANI

HOWSTUFFWORKS PODCAST - MEHERWAN IRANI STREET FOOD MOVES US

EATER ATLANTA - THE 38 ESSENTIAL ATLANTA RESTAURANTS, FALL '18

TIME OUT ATLANTA - 24 BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA

10 PLACES TO EAT IF YOU'RE MOVING TO DECATUR

TIME - MEET THE 31 PEOPLE WHO ARE CHANGING THE SOUTH

THE 38 ESSENTIAL ATLANTA RESTAURANTS, SUMMER '18

AN EATER’S GUIDE TO ATLANTA IN 2018

NEW YORK TIMES - A CLASSIC INDIAN COOKBOOK RETURNS, THIS TIME FOR AMERICANS

RESTAURANT HOSPITALITY - CORN: 4 FRESH TAKES ON THE SYMBOL OF SUMMER

EATER ATLANTA - 10 ATLANTA MASHUP RESTAURANTS TO TRY

ATLANTA MAGAZINE - AN EATER’S GUIDE TO ATLANTA IN 2018

THRILLIST - THE 23 BEST INDIAN RESTAURANTS IN THE COUNTRY

LA FITNESS MAGAZINE - HEALTHY, HIP, HAUTE INDIAN CUISINE

SOUTHERN LIVING - THE 2018 JAMES BEARD AWARD SEMIFINALISTS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED

EATER ATLANTA - 5 RESTAURANTS TO TRY THIS WEEKEND IN ATLANTA

CULINARY LOCAL - TOP 10 INDIAN RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA AREA

GOOD GRIT MAGAZINE - BROWN IN THE SOUTH: A SOUTHERN FOODWAYS ALLIANCE DINNER SERIES

ATLANTA MAGAZINE - 50 BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA

ATLANTA JEWISH TIMES - FOOD PAVES A PARSI-JEWISH PASSAGE TO INDIA

FOOD & WINE - NEW DINNER SERIES WILL EXPLORE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE 'BROWN IN THE SOUTH'

 2017

CREATIVE LOAFING - WHAT THE CHEFS WANT

ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION - BEST EVENTS FOR METRO ATLANTA FOOD LOVERS IN DECEMBER

 BON APPÉTIT - INDIAN-SPICED PORK ROAST WITH ROSEMARY AND ONIONS

HAUTE LIVING - THE MOST TASTY INDIAN RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA

ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION - AFTERNOON IN THE COUNTRY

THRILLIST - BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA

NATION'S RESTAURANT NEWS - COMFORT FOOD HASH GETS MIXED UP WITH MODERN INFLUENCES

CREATIVE LOAFING - DECATUR DINNER PARTY

MY INTOWN - DINING FOR A CAUSE

CULINARY LOCAL - TOP TEN LUNCH SPOTS

STARCHEFS - RESTAURATEUR MEHERWAN IRANI AND CHEF DE CUISINE DANIEL PEACH OF CHAI PANI DECATUR

FOOD NETWORK - I HART FOOD

MY INTOWN- DINING FOR A CAUSE

QUICK BREAKFASTS: MAKE AHEAD, FREEZE AND HEAT FOR FAMILY ON THE GO

GRUB STREET - FINDING HARMONY IN THE FLAVORS OF INDIA AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH

THE 38 ESSENTIAL ATLANTA RESTAURANTS, SUMMER '17

VIDEO: BEST INDIAN RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA

FOOD NETWORK - OKRA FRIES FEATURED AS ONE OF "GEORGIA'S MOST ICONIC FOODS"

EATER - ANNOUNCING THE EATER YOUNG GUNS 2017 SEMIFINALISTS

ATLANTA MAGAZINE - 6 ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL EVENTS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS

ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE - SLIDESHOW: 29TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE NATION ATLANTA

ATLANTA PARENT - 65+ FUN THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN ATLANTA

CREATIVE LOAFING - BEST OF ATL

CREATIVE LOAFING - 100 BEST DISHES 2017

EATER - PANI PURI: THE DELICIOUS STREET SNACK YOU NEED TO EAT IN ONE BITE

TASTE - APPALACHIAN MASALA: COOKING AT HOME WITH CHAI PANI

BON APPETIT - HOW INDIAN CHEFS ARE REDEFINING TRADITIONAL VEGETABLE DISHES

ATLANTA MAGAZINE - 50 BEST RESTAURANTS PARTY 2017

HERITAGE RADIO NETWORK - EPISODE 53 CHSWFF17: MANEET CHAUHAN AND MEHERWAN IRANI

CREATIVE LOAFING - QUICK BITES: LOCAL BAKERS RALLY BEHIND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, RAY'S RIO BRAVO CLOSES, AND MORE

THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION - SEE THE FIRST THREE EPISODES OF CHAI PANI'S 'CULINARY DOCUMENTARY'

EATER - WATCH THE FIRST THREE EPISODES OF CHAI PANI'S 'CUTTING CHAI' DOCUSERIES

ATLANTA MAGAZINE - 50 BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA

EATER - THE 38 ESSENTIAL ATLANTA RESTAURANTS, WINTER '17

THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION - 4 COCKTAILS (PLUS CHAMPAGNE) FOR THE CALORIE COUNTING ATLANTAN

CREATIVE LOAFTING - INDUSTRY INSIDERS: MEHERWAN IRANI

 

PAST

THRILLIST - THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA RIGHT NOW
BBC - WORKING A MUSCLE
CREATIVE LOAFING - PARSI AND HEWISH CULTURE COLLIDE AT CHALLAHWALLA
THRILLIST - EASY 5-INGREDIENT APPETIZERS FROM CHEFS
EATER ATLANTA - MY TWO SOUTHS
THRILLIST: Best Indian Foods in Atlanta
ATLANTA MAGAZINE: 50 Best Restaurants
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: These Couples Cook Up Something to Love at their Atlanta Restaurants
OZY MAGAZINE: Rising Stars Bring On the New Indian Cuisine
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: Which Atlanta Dishes We’re Obsessed With
CHEF IRANI NOMINATED AGAIN: 2015 James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalist: Best Chef Southeast
CREATIVE LOAFING: BEST OF 2015 – Best Indian Food
MEN’S JOURNAL: 17 Summer Corn Recipes
ABOUT.COM: Chef Irani’s Atlanta Recommendations
ZAGAT: Must Try: Sloppy Jai at Chai Pani
ATLANTA MAGAZINE: BEST OF 2014– Best Indian Street Food
THRILLIST: 50 Atlanta Treats
LOCAL PALATE: Best Bites from Atlanta F&W 2015
URBAN DADDY: Alternative Burgers
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: Decatur Eats
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: 7 Atlanta Restaurants
USA TODAY: Georgia’s Sweetest Peach Dishes
ATLANTA MAGAZINE: Chai Pani Founder to Open Botiwalla in Ponce City Market
EATER ATLANTA: Best Atlanta Restaurants to Cater a Wedding
GARDEN & GUN: Chef Irani’s Popular Okra Fries Recipe
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: Vegetarian Dishes that Satisfy
CHEF IRANI JBF NOMINATED: 2014 James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalist: Best Chef Southeast
USA TODAY: Dumplings Around the World– Chai Pani’s Samosas
JOHN MARIANI’S VIRTUAL GOURMET: Best New Restaurants in Atlanta
ATLANTA LIVING: Top 10 Restaurants of 2013
CREATIVE LOAFING BEST OF ATLANTA 2013: Best “Off-the-street” Street Food
THE DAILY MEAL: Where to Find Indian Street Food in Georgia
ATLANTA MAGAZINE: Best New Restaurants 2013
HUFFINGTON POST: Top 10 Cheap eats in the U.S.
JEZEBEL MAGAZINE: 111 Must Try TASTES
NATION’S RESTAURANT NEWS: Atlanta Tables Pushing Boundaries
FOX NEWS: Support for Tea Shop Owner’s Effort to Help Girls in India
ATLANTA EATS TV: Chai Pani is reviewed as a Feature Restaurant
COCA-COLA STORIES: Acclaimed Chefs Dish About the Family Table
CREATIVE LOAFING: 100 Dishes to Eat in Atlanta Before You Die- Kale Pakoras at Chai Pani
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: Atlanta’s New Indian Restaurants
THE AEROGRAM: Chaat-Wallah-in-chief: Meherwan Irani
ATLANTA MAGAZINE: Covered Dish– A Guide to Indian Street Food
KHABAR MAGAZINE: Indian Street Food Turns Trendy in Atlanta
95.5 FM: Belinda Skelton, with Guest David Danzig of Season’s Eatings
ATLANTA JOURANAL CONSTITUTION: First Look at Chai Pani Decatur
CBS BETTER MORNINGS: Cooking Demo
ATLANTA INTOWN: First Look at Chai Pani Decatur
CREATIVE LOAFING: First Look at Chai Pani– an Oxymoron of Restaurant Wizardry
THRILLIST ATLANTA: Indian Street Food and Mango Lassis in Decatur
EATER ATLANTA: 10 Things to Know about Chai Pani, Opening Today in Decatur
SCOUTMOB: An Inside Look at Decatur’s New Indian Street Food Spot
ATLANTA EATS: Chai Pani Decatur Launch Party Review
URBAN DADDY: Spice World, Decatur’s New Indian Street Food Spot

CATERING

Want to mindblast your next office party or executive lunch with delicious Chai Pani food? Simply click below to place a catering order.


BOOK AN EVENT

To book an event at Chai Pani Decatur, simply click below!

Questions about Chai Pani? Check out our FAQ’s below.
Didn’t see an answer? We’re here to help.
Just send us an email: info@chaipanidecatur.com.

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DO YOU HAVE TAKEOUT/DELIVERY? Yes! To place an order for pickup click here.  For delivery we have a couple different options: UberEats, DoorDash, ChowNow, GrubHub.  Please note that during busy days we turn off delivery service.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS OF OPERATION?
Monday - Thursday:
11:30 - 3:00/5:30 - 9:30
Friday - Saturday: 11:30 - 3:00/5:30 - 10:00
Sunday 11:30 - 3:00/5:30 - 9:30

WHAT TYPE OF SERVICE DO YOU OFFER? During lunch, we’re a counter service restaurant. During dinner, we are a full service restaurant with a full bar.

IS THERE A KIDS’ MENU? Yup! Click here for the kids menu.

DO YOU ADVERTISE? At Chai Pani Restaurant Group, we have fairly strict policy that we don't put any money into advertising. We instated this policy a few years ago and vowed to that instead of putting money into advertising, we put money back into our local communities through give-back nights, community initiatives, and donations. We also support initiatives in India that are near and dear to our hearts.

DO YOU MAKE CHARITABLE DONATIONS? Yes, we put money back into our local communities through give-back nights, community initiatives, and donations. We also support initiatives in India that are near and dear to our hearts. If you’re interested in getting in touch with our team to request a donation or suggest a give-back night, email givingback@chaipani.net.

HOW CAN I PROVIDE FEEDBACK? We’d love to hear from you, the sweet people that make our world go round. Feel free to send us an email at info@chaipanidecatur.com and we promise to get back in touch!

WHERE IS YOUR CORPORATE OFFICE? We are located in downtown Asheville at 26 Battery Park Ave Suite 200.

CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE STROLLERS AND WHEELCHAIRS? Yes

DO YOU HAVE HIGHCHAIRS? Yes, we have both highchairs and booster seats

DO YOU HAVE A COOKBOOK? We’re working on it

DO YOU TAKE RESERVATIONS? Unfortunately, we do not accept reservations or call ahead seating for any size party. We are first come/first serve only. That being said, we encourage you to come on the earlier side of the evening and you should be ok!

DO YOU DO CATERING? We love catering! Feel free to send us an email at catering@chaipanidecatur.com and we promise to get back in touch!

HOW DO I BOOK A PRIVATE EVENT? Email us: info@chaipanidecatur.com

DO YOU OFFER VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/GLUTEN FREE DISHES? We do! Take a look at our special diets menu here.

IS YOUR MEAT HALAL? All of our lamb is halal. On the Chai Pani menu, the Lamb Burgers and the Sloppy Jai are halal.

WHERE DO YOU SELL MERCHANDISE? In the restaurant and online! Check it out online here.

DO YOU HAVE OUTDOOR SEATING? We do!

ARE PETS ALLOWED? Service dogs are always welcome inside or out, otherwise we ask that parties with dogs are seated outside.

PARKING? There is parking available in the lot surrounding the building. There is also street parking available. After 5:30PM, Sharian Rugs, a couple doors down, allows for guest parking in their lot as well.

HOW CAN I PURCHASE A GIFT CARDS?

You can buy Gift Cards online by clicking here or in the restaurant.

HOW CAN I CHECK THE STATUS OF MY GIFT CARD ORDER?

Email INFO@chaipanidecatur.com with your order number.

HOW DO I GET THE BALANCE ON MY GIFT CARD?

Email INFO@chaipanidecatur.com with the number on the back of your gift card.

HOW CAN I LEARN ABOUT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES? Click here to see all job openings.

 

Need to get in touch with someone? We're happy to help. 

 

ADDRESS: 406 West Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

PH: 404-378-4030

GENERAL INQUIRIES
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PRESS & MEDIA
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