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Pondi Cafe Brings Pani Puri and Chaat Chips to Asia Society Texas Center

Pondicheri’s “little sister” has arrived

Pondicheri’s famous pani puri will be on offer
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Pondicheri chef and owner Anita Jaisinghani has officially kicked open the doors to Pondi Cafe, her pared-down, quick-service version of the restaurant at Asia Society Texas Center.

The new eatery made its debut at 1370 Southmore on Friday, where it will serve fusion takes on some of Jaisinghani’s most popular plates and ingredients, including mithai pie, turmeric-infused milk, and toast served with masala ghee. It’s a perfect fit for the Center, one of eleven across the country, that seeks to “strengthen relationships between Americans and the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia.”

In addition to a menu of savory fare on offer, fans of Pondicheri Bake Lab will also be able to score their favorite carrot-beet muffins and chocolate brioche buns at Pondi Cafe. The new venture from Jaisinghani comes several months after she departed from her popular Indian restaurant Indika in order to focus full time on Pondicheri, and apparently, Pondi Cafe.

Pondi Cafe is now open at Asia Society Texas Center, serving up chaat chips from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends. The Cafe is closed on Monday.