Stationed in the center of the West Ave. complex, Pondicheri uses local ingredients to create Indian food with a Texas flare. Renowned Houston Chef Anita Jaisinghani created Pondicheri to be the fast-casual sister of Indika; a more upscale Indian restaurant in the Montrose area.
The best way to describe the atmosphere at Pondicheri is “East meets West.” The space features distinctive colors and patterns reminiscent of an Indian market combined with the industrial style consisting of reclaimed wood and metal. This fresh take on design matches the unique style of the food as the dishes here are anything but ordinary.
Even the smallest accents at Pondicheri are influenced by Jaisinghani’s childhood in India. While you will see some typical American comfort foods such as brownies or french fries, these snacks are prepared with Indian spices. There are also recognizable Indian plates like curries and samosas, but they are crafted with a mix of unique flavors you won’t find anywhere else in the city.
If you love Indian food then you know that any time of day is a good time to get your fix. Pondicheri serves a unique breakfast menu that has been recognized by many local publications in addition to counter service lunch and sit-down dinner. Beyond your three main meals, Pondicheri is also a spot to bring your laptop (and work, if you’re so inclined) and enjoy a cup of masala chai or juice made in house.
Pondicheri fits well into the ever-evolving Houston restaurant scene. Restaurants with a unique take on a cultural cuisine are embraced and celebrated in this city, and Pondicheri’s reviews prove that it is no exception. This is one hot spot will definitely spice up your lunch hour.
• In an effort to minimize the restaurant’s impact on the environment, Pondicheri has “Meatless Mondays” featuring a separate, all-vegetarian menu.
• Those who stop by looking for a quick pick-me-up will also be pleased to know that the restaurant is currently expanding, turning the upstairs portion in a bakery filled with Indian-inspired treats.
• Pondicheri offers a “tiffin to-go” program that allows the establishment to serve to-go orders in classic Indian fashion. For a $25 deposit, you can pick up your meal in stackable metal tins, called tiffins.
2800 Kirby Dr. Suite B132, Houston, TX 77098
Monday – Sunday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Metered Street Parking, Valet, or Free Connected Garage