Indian Street Food in Downtown Decatur from Thrice 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.


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?


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.



(404) 378-4030


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.


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


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