Serves meat, veg options available. Casual Indian street food. Menu features many lacto-vegetarian items, with some vegan and gluten-free ones marked on the menu. Counter service, comfy booths, and a nice atmosphere. Food is served as small tapas-style dishes. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Indian, Take-out, Non-veg
22 Battery Park Ave
Asheville, North Carolina 28801

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First Review by cringer
  • vegan

I likey

Posted on 09 / 12 / 2010

I've been to Chai Pani a few times now. The food is usually pretty good. I bought the Veg Thali my first time there... tasty but I wouldn't call it cheap at $11. Last time I got the Dal and Rice and it was quite bland and unfilling. In India you would get a ton of food for $5 but here it's just a little scoop lol. The Bel Puri was really good. In all it's worth a stop and great vegan choices.

Pros: Vegan Friendly
Cons: Portions are small
  • vegan

good, cheap, tasty, different

Posted on 01 / 19 / 2010

Very inexpensive, tasty Southern Indian and various Indian snack foods. Contrary to what the reviewer below says, this place is actually owned by an Indian (and his non-Indian wife), but it's different from the other Indian restaurants in town, which serve exclusively Northern Indian cuisine. This food isn't the more familiar stews and curries, but there's a simple, nice thali plate (typical South Indian dish), which you can't find anywhere else in town and various other authentic Indian treats and some hybrids like the fries with Indian spices. What's great is that so much of the menu is vegetarian and a lot is vegan. Although it might be an unfamiliar style of Indian food, I find this fresher and tastier than the other options around here.

Pros: interesting veg options, cheap, tasty
  • vegan

Mediocre Indian Food

Posted on 12 / 26 / 2009

This place is VERY cute and the staff is friendly but the food was very bland. There are items marked vegan on the menu which is cool.

You can tell an Indian family does not own this restaurant because it does NOT taste authentic at all. They have these fries that were pretty good though. But, this place is very, very cheap. It is almost too good to be true! It's worth going to, but if you want kick *ss Indian food, go to India Garden or Mele. This is more of a place to go because you don't want to go to Taco Bell. Don't bring family or out-of-towners here.

Pros: CHEAP, cute atmosphere, friendly staff
Cons: bland food


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Last updated: 2010/07/09


Added: 2009/12/06


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