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22 Battery Park Ave., Asheville, NC 28801-2715 (Downtown Asheville)
828 254 4003
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Ranked #13 of 644 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $15
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Indian
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
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 and GQ Magazine.

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English first
Asheville
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I went into Chai Pani today for a light lunch, as we planned a big dinner for our 33rd anniversary. Abby had the kale pakoras and I had the chicken pakoras. Both were fabulous! After we finished our lunches, our server, Marcyann, who was awesome, brought us a complimentary dessert. It was a flourless chocolate brownie, with... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

LOVED this place! The service left a bit to be desired in terms of friendliness but the food was out of this world! Naan was alittle overpriced in my opinion but overall the pricing was pretty spot on for the quality we got!

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Spring Hill, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The place was packed. Knew it must be good. It didn't disappoint. All the dishes were unique in taste and so was the drink. Will be back!

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U.S.
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Quirky, fun, reasonably priced, and definitely NOT your mothers tandoor chicken! Foods you won't find at "those" indian restaurants. Definitely worth a visit.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I was first totally intrigued by the idea of Indian street food, then totally hooked. We ate for lunch and I wasn't too terribly hungry, so I got an appetizer of a samosa dish and it was perfet. This plate was nicely spiced- those who enjoy the heat will not be disappointed, but won't leave with eyes watering, either. Everyone... More 

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Naples, Florida, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Excellent food, nice atmosphere at a great price. We especially loved their samosas! Situated in downtown Asheville. We will come back!

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Manistee, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

we had dinner at Chai Pani this evening. I had the Sloppy Jai, "Spicy lamb hash cooked with tomatoes, potatoes and aromatic spices.Garnished with onions & cilantro, sweet yogurt and served on a toasted bun". It was quite tasty but the portion was smaller than we expected for the price. My husband got the Mango Lassi to drink - a... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Authentic flavors and quite the scene. The mango lassie is one of the best! Everything I ate tasted unique a flavorful with our being overwhelming. Go there after your visit to the Black Mountain College Museum.

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We have food allergies and the waiter was great and made sure everything was cooked correctly. We had Malabar chik thali and vada pav it was great. Will return before we leave Asheville. This restaurant is very accommodating with food restrictions.

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Boone, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Great service, fun atmosphere. Amazing food. Something for everyone. We probably spent 3 hours here for New Year's dinner. Didn't want to leave! Great memories at this place.

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Additional Information about Chai Pani

Address: 22 Battery Park Ave., Asheville, NC 28801-2715
Phone Number: 828 254 4003
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville>  > Downtown Asheville
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 3:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 3:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
Cuisine: Indian

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