Chai Pani Indian Street Food Review
This cute little eatery in Decatur is delicious and a great way to try some Indian Street Food. It is located on Ponce in the old Watershed Restaurant location. My friend Gina and I were supposed to go for a walk and catch up, however it was raining so we met for lunch instead and meet her new beau!
I ordered the Matchstick Okra Fries. They were seasoned with lime and salt. They were crispy without a slimy texture at all, a nice change up from your everyday appetizer.
Gina had the Uttapam which is a savory crepe made with rice and lentils. It is gluten-free, but not Paleo friendly because of the lentils and rice. The Uttapam was topped with carrots, peas, onion, cilantro, ginger, and chilies. It was served with Sambar, a spicy, tangy vegetable stew and coconut chutney.
Luke and Adam had the Maharaja Lamb Burger. It was made from scratch, in-house, seasoned with ginger, garlic, mint, ground pistachio, and house roasted spices. The seasoning went great with the lamb and the pickled onions were a complimenting side.
I had the Tandoori Chicken Salad and it was great! I eat a lot of salad and need variety to keep me from getting bored. This organic salad was a perfect mix up. They used a spring mix with pickled beets, red onions, cucumber, tomatoes topped with tandoori chicken, and dressed with cilantro-cumin-lime. I would definitely like to order that salad again.
The nice thing about this inexpensive restaurant is they label the menu items as non-vegetarian, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free, plus they try to use organic products. I enjoyed Chai Pani and will look forward to visiting again.
Tip - It's inexpensive and a great way to try new Indian foods
Price Range - Spicy potato dumplings $7.99 - Bengali Fish Fry Sandwich $9.99