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“Bland and Expensive Indian Food”
Review of Chai Pani

Chai Pani
Ranked #5 of 367 Restaurants in Decatur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $16
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Kids, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Seacrest Beach, Florida
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379 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Bland and Expensive Indian Food”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

We went into this new restaurant with an open mind, as we got very mixed reviews from our closest neighbors. So....

You know you are going to have an interesting experience when you ask for spices for your food in an Indian Restaurant! The Dal had no taste and I mean no taste. The samosa was pretty good but very small for the price tag placed on it. And the rest of the food just pretty tasteless. As this is just a short stroll for us we wanted it to be really good and it really wasn't. The food is really overpriced. A five minute walk or a five minute drive to some of the best Indian restaurants in the city of Atlanta. Go figure, it will be a five minute drive. I hope this place gets better but it has a ways to go and a lot of competition nearby.

  • Visited May 2013
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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Fun and different”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

We met friends here for lunch. It is nice, clean, and has good menu items. We ordered alot of food to share. I ordered the Lime Ricky to drink. It was good, and I would order it again. I would've liked some of the calories back - the masala fries and the SPDP were not very good. The fries were a bit boring. I kept looking for something in the SPDP. It seemed like an empty taco supreme and they got soggy. The Sloppy Jai and Samosa Chaat were incredible! Highly recommend those! If you order the Samosa, go ahead and get the Samosa Chaat because the stew below is the best part. The Kale Pakoras were really good and the sauce was really tasty. The chicken burgers were good, too. I will definitely go again and often, especially now that I know what to order. Definitely study the menu before you go! Must try!!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank 320Stephanie
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204 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Great addition to Decatur restaurant scene”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

We experienced Chai Pani a few years ago in Ashville and really enjoyed it. So we were very much looking forward to try them in Decatur when we noticed the restaurant. Since then we have visited the restaurant a few times to dine-in or take-out and on every occasion we were pleased with the quality of the food and service. This is a great addition to Decatur

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank USABelgie
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Decatur, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice place in Decatur.”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Chai Pani, which is an idiom for "bribe", is a welcome new spot in the former Watershed space on Ponce. It sells itself as Mumbai street food, but it's honestly a bit fancier than that. Two of us shard three items off the menu enjoyed them all. It gets super-packed on the weekend, after 630pm so go early or on a weeknight.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Duncan M
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Portland, Maine
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“Good but not great”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Fundamentally adequate Indian food, the chapati was thick and a little tough but the butter chicken was delicious and spicy. A fish curry was also quite good, but nothing special. Large, open floor plan made for a very noisy atmosphere.

  • Visited April 2013
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