2800 Kirby, Ste.B132
Houston, Texas 77098
713.522.2022

At Pondicheri, we strive to bring you the best of classic, home style and street foods of India, inventively pairing these traditional flavors with nourishing, locally-sourced ingredients. We also feature daily fresh baked goods in our Bake Lab and spices, chutneys and snacks for you to take home from our Shop.
Our space is casual and comfortable, with many outlets & free wifi for working or playing [until 5pm]. Families & children are always welcome. We serve all three meals of the day, along with snacks & coffee or tea anytime.

NEW at Pondicheri:

Community Breakfast benefitting SEARCH Homeless Services
Saturday December 13th 8A - 12P

SEARCH works to engage, stabilize, educate, employ and house individuals and families who are homeless. Their essential services are highly effective in transforming lives because they meet individuals where they are and provide what they need to get off the streets and back on their feet.

Pondicheri Juice Bar - In our NEW Bake Lab + Shop!
We'll be serving up fresh, housemade juices every day of the week…
Laal, Naka, Hari, Angur, Anar, Merzi: Come try them all!

Visit our sister restaurant INDIKA at 516 Westheimer Road
*Menu might change due to seasonally available ingredients,
relentless experimentation, and musing moods.
From 730 AM to 3PM daily
The Famous Five
five dollars and fast
  • Green Dosa [gf] [v]
    fermented lentil & rice crêpe filled with coconut chutney and fresh greens, served with sambhar
    5
  • Morning Oats [v]
    steel cut oats cooked with jaggery, cinnamon, cardamom & coconut milk, topped with fruit & housemade granola
    5
  • Uppma [gf]
    a hot cereal made of TX stoneground grits, cauliflower, green peas & herbs, topped with yogurt & peanuts
    5
  • Jaggery Almond Paratha
    a whole wheat flat bread stuffed with jaggery, almonds, cardamom & ghee
    5
  • Breakfast Frankie
    roti wrap with masala eggs & cilantro chutney
    add keema 6
    5
  • Morning Favorites
  • Morning Thali
    a traditional Indian variety plate--chef's recommendation. beef keema, uppma, potato curry, saffron yogurt, fruit, carrot paratha & fried egg
    12
  • Uttapam [gf] [v]
    a South Indian rice & lentil crêpe with sautéed greens / sambhar, potato curry, peanut or coconut chutney
    9
  • Beet Uttapam [gf]
    a beet infused rice & lentil fermented savory pancake with coconut, ginger and topped with a fried egg / served with sautéed greens and a chutney of your choice
    non-veg served with keema 12
    10
  • Masala Eggs Plate
    three eggs scrambled with roasted corn, red bell pepper, spinach & spices / carrot paratha & potato curry or saffron yogurt
    8
  • Saag Paneer Omelet
    three eggs filled with spinach, mustard greens, house made paneer & sweet potato / carrot paratha
    10
  • Railway Omelet
    three eggs filled with "everything but the kitchen sink" available veg or non veg / carrot paratha
    10
  • Masala Pav
    fried egg sandwich on house made brioche bun or biscuit with cilantro chutney & choice of saag or beef keema
    7
  • Aloo Paratha
    crisp flatbread stuffed with a spicy potato mash, served with yogurt & housemade jam
    5
  • Paneer Paratha
    crisp flatbread stuffed with Amul cheese, cashews, raisins & herbs, served with cilantro chutney
    6
  • French Toast
    made with house made brioche bread, served with fruit & jaggery syrup
    8
  • Vanilla Bean Crêpe [gf]
    rice flour crêpe with (your pick) strawberry, banana, blueberry, pistachio, nutella, bournvita or honey
    7
  • The Texan
    three eggs (scrambled or fried), toast or carrot paratha & amchur potatoes
    8
  • Mumbai Toasters
    chicken, beef keema, vegetable masala or fried egg pressed sandwich with house made brioche bread, local cheese, fresh greens & cilantro chutney / served with cumin yogurt
    6
  • Eggs (3)
    three eggs; masala, fried, or plain scrambled
    5
  • Add Cheese 2 / Add Fried Egg 1.5 / Add Avocado 2 / Add Chicken 3 / Add Beef Keema 3

SIDES
  • Saffron Yogurt [gf]
    4
  • Amchur Potatoes [gf] [v]
    4
  • Carrot Paratha
    2
  • Toast, Jam & Ghee
    4
  • Fresh Fruit [gf] [v]
    4
  • Daily Dal [gf] [v]
    4
  • Side Beef Keema [gf]
    5
  • Ghee [clarified butter]
    1
We use cage free farm eggs.
All of our egg dishes can be prepared with whites only for no additional cost.
Our carefully selected ingredients are local and organic when possible.


*Menu might change due to seasonally available ingredients,
relentless experimentation, and musing moods.
From 11 AM to 10PM daily
To-go availability subject to kitchen volume.
Snacks & Street Favorites
*Our play on street foods from India

  • Papdi Chaat
    semolina crackers, lentil dumplings, black garbanzo sprouts with tamarind, yogurt & cilantro chutneys
    7
  • Pav Bhaji
    cauliflower & potato mash sautéed with peas in a spicy masala, served with toasted pumpkin buns
    8
  • Texas Shrimp Chaat [gf]
    pickled shrimp, roasted corn, avocado, black salt, chickpea fritters & radishes
    10
  • Saag Paneer Samosas
    two stuffed & fried pastries filled with spinach, mustard greens & house made paneer / tomato kasundi
    8
  • Goat Samosas
    two stuffed & fried pastries filled with slow cooked shredded goat masala / cumin yogurt
    9
  • Madras Chicken Wings
    slow baked with amchur, garam masala, chili and tamarind chutney / cumin yogurt
    8
  • Pani & Dahi Poori
    semolina puffs served with celery boondi and jal jeera / tamarind, yogurt & cilantro chutneys
    7
  • Quinoa Khichri & Soup [gf]
    peasant stew with brown basmati rice, black quinoa & lentils served with sambhar
    add chicken 9
    7
  • Kebab Wrap [gf]
    sliced lamb & chicken kebabs served with local baby lettuces & pickled onions with choice of two chutneys [cilantro, peanut, tomato kasundi, tamarind, cumin yogurt, coconut, pickled carrot]
    12

Dosas
a South Indian inspired savory fermented rice & lentil crêpe [gf] stuffed with greens & served with sambhar

  • Plain Dosa [gf]
    served with a side of fingerling potato curry and choice of any one chutney
    8
  • Vegetarian [gf]
    dosa with any two veg fillings and any one chutney
    10
  • Non-Vegetarian [gf]
    dosa with any two non-veg/veg fillings and any one chutney
    12
  • ADDITIONAL FILLING
    2 ea
  • Filling Choices [PICK ANY TWO]
    smoked eggplant | potato masala mash | avocado | brussels sprouts | paneer | local cheese | sautéed mushrooms
    masala eggs | chicken | shrimp | keema

  • Chutney Choices [PICK ONE]
    peanut | coconut | tomato kasundi | cilantro

Salads +
  • Kachumber [gf] [v]
    cucumber, mango & peanuts tossed with jaggery lime dressing & chaat masala
    7
  • Barley Salad [v]
    turmeric cooked barley, roasted beets, tomato, spiced walnuts, mint, blueberries & local greens
    10
  • Pondicheri Salad [gf] [v]
    local greens, pickled carrots, raisins, roasted corn, pumpkin & sunflower seeds / jaggery lime dressing
    8
  • Butter Chicken Salad [gf]
    local greens tossed with crisp lentils, chevre, blueberries & radishes piled on top of our butter chicken
    12
  • Chicken Black Garbanzo Salad [gf]
    spiced chicken tossed with sesame seeds, sprouted garbanzos, fresh coconut and cabbage
    12
  • Shrimp Chutney Salad [gf]
    cilantro chutney sauteed shrimp with roasted beets, avocado & mango on local greens
    12
  • Add Avocado 2 / Add Chicken 3 / Add Shrimp [3 PC] 5 / Add Shrimp [5 PC] 8


Frankies
Mumbai-style stuffed roti & egg wraps with cilantro chutney & marinated cabbage / served with choice of Pondicheri salad, Desi fries, or fresh fruit

  • Chicken Frankie
    cooked with onions, ginger, garlic & yogurt, flavored with fenugreek & black pepper
    11
  • Keema Frankie
    beef keema slow cooked with caramelized onions, tomato, yogurt & warm spices
    10
  • Paneer & Mushroom Frankie
    button mushrooms & house made paneer pan sautéed with onions & spices
    9
  • Vegetable Frankie [v]
    peanut chutney, avocado, cucumber, dal, cauliflower pickle
    9
  • Fish Frankie
    local seasonal fish sautéed with caramalized onions & coconut masala / peanut chutney
    12

Burgers
on house made bread / served with choice of Pondicheri salad, Desi fries or fresh fruit

  • Lamb Mint Burger
    cooked medium with house made cheese spread, cilantro chutney, onion masala / brioche bun
    12
  • Green Masala Chicken Burger
    sautéed tandoori chicken, onion masala, cumin yogurt & tomato kasundi / brioche bun
    12
  • Buddha Burger
    black garbanzo, walnut, paneer, heirloom tomatoes, herbs & cauliflower pickle / pumpkin bun
    12

Thalis
traditional chef's sampler platters. Please note, only available to-go through Pondi Exchange

  • Earth
    butter chicken, vegetable curry, smoked eggplant, sautéed greens, dal & carrot roti
    14
  • Yogi
    vegetable curry, sautéed greens, barley salad, quinoa khichri, sambhar, ghee & carrot roti
    12
  • Vishnu [v]
    vegetable curry, brussels sprouts, smoked eggplant, dal, sautéed greens & carrot roti
    12
  • Rancher
    butter chicken, sayel lamb, smoked eggplant, kachumber, turmeric rice & naan
    16
  • Ocean
    fish curry, pickled shrimp salad, dal, raita, sautéed greens, coconut chutney & beet uttapam
    20
  • Tuk Tuk (kids under 12)
    chicken kebab, berries, sautéed greens, Desi fries & an elephant cookie
    10
Curries
*served with turmeric rice

  • Butter Chicken [gf]
    boneless chicken cooked in a creamy fenugreek tomato sauce
    12
  • Sayel Lamb [gf]
    Sindhi style lamb leg slow cooked with caramelized onions, yogurt, carrots & fingerling potatoes
    15
  • Vegetable Curry [gf] [v]
    seasonal squash, papaya & asparagus in a tomato, ginger & cumin curry
    11
  • Paneer Masala [gf]
    house made paneer with red bell peppers & cauliflower in a cashew masala
    12
  • Goat Kofta Curry
    spicy goat meatballs made with green papaya, ginger, cardamom & almonds
    16
  • Kerala Seafood Stew For Two [gf]
    Louisiana crawfish, shrimp & fish in a South Indian coconut, kokum & kari leaf masala / rice, naan, greens & raita
    32
On the Side
  • Naan
    2
  • Garlic Naan
    3
  • Onion Kulcha
    4
  • Carrot Paratha
    2
  • Aloo Paratha [with yogurt & pickle]
    5
  • Millet Roti [gf] [v]
    3
  • Papads & Chutney [gf]
    5
  • Turmeric Rice [gf] [v]
    3
  • Side Dosa with Greens[gf] [v]
    3
  • Brussels Sprouts [gf] [v]
    4
  • Smoked Eggplant [gf] [v]
    5
  • Sautéed Greens [gf] [v]
    5
  • Boondi Raita [gf]
    3
  • Sindhi Tadka Dal [gf]
    4
  • Desi Fries [gf] [v]
    5
  • Ghee
    1
Bake Lab
  • Chai Pie
    a decadent layered pie with caramel, chai spiced cream and candied cashews
    8
  • Pistachio Chocolate Fudge Cake
    rich chocolate cake layered with ganache & salted pistachios. friday and saturday only.
    8
  • Cafe Annie Brownie [gf]
    decadent chocolate brownie from the legendary restaurant. wednesday and thursday only.
    add cardamom ice cream 7
    5
  • Bournvita Ice Cream Sandwiches
    house made Bournvita ice cream sandwiched between India's age-old Parle-G cookies
    6
  • Kulfi [gf]
    traditional Indian ice cream with almonds, pistachios & cardamom, flavored with kewra
    5
  • House Made Ice Creams [gf]
    3 scoops of your choice: seasonal sorbet, cardamom, or Bournvita
    7
  • Pondi Bar
    a sweet & spicy bar made with our housemad chevda [Indian trail mix] / availability varies
    3
Our carefully selected ingredients are local and organic when possible; our breads are leavened with wild yeast; our meats/eggs come from humane sources. Our water is filtered via reverse osmosis.

No separate checks and 18% gratuity on tables of 5 or more

Tempters
(Wine and Beer Cocktails)
  • "Plummer"
    red wine sangria made with plum, orange & cardamom
    8
  • "Lovely Leech"
    white wine sangria made with litchi, pear & apple
    8
  • "Whist"
    Pinot Grigio infused with ginger and honey, served with fresh mint
    9
  • "Whimsy"
    sparkling Rose wine flavored with lavender and hibiscus, served with fresh basil
    9
  • "Razzler"
    sparkling wine with rosemary-infused blackberry puree, served with raspberries
    8
  • "Mangosa"
    sparkling wine with mango and blueberries
    8
  • "Hot Stuff"
    Southern Star Bombshell Blonde ale with ghost peppers and black salt
    8
  • "Shandy"
    Kingfisher Lager with Limca, an Indian sparkling lemon-lime beverage
    7
Beer
proud to be all TEXAS (+ Kingfisher!)
Draught
  • No Label Ridgeback Amber - Katy, TX
    5
  • No Label El Hefeweizen - Katy, TX
    5
  • Buffalo Bayou Brewing Copper Ale 1836 - Houston, TX
    5
  • Southern Star Bombshell Blonde - Conroe, TX
    4
  • Adelbert's Brewery - Austin, TX
    7
Bottles (12 ounce)
  • Lone Star - San Antonio, TX
    2
  • Shiner Bock - Shiner, TX
    3
  • Kingfisher Premium Lager
    4
  • Leprechaun Dry Cider 22oz. - Houston, TX
    9
Cans (the vessel of choice for beer professionals)
  • Karbach Weisse Versa Wheat - Houston, TX
    3.5
  • Karbach Sympathy for the Lager - Houston, TX
    3.5
  • Karbach Rodeo Clown - Houston, TX
    5
Bake Lab
selection changes daily based on seasonal ingredients, relentless experimentation, and musing moods

  • Power Scone
    whole grain, rye, rye berries, beets, prunes, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds
    3
  • Pista Scone
    blueberry, pistachio & lemon scone
    5
  • Leo Bar
    high fiber flax bars, best dunked in coffee, tea, or milk
    1
  • Brioche
    brioche buns with cardamom, orange, and saffron with almond or chocolate
    5
  • Sweet or Savory Muffin [varies]

    3
  • Cafe Annie Brownie [gf]
    decadent chocolate brownie from the legendary restaurant / wed & thurs only
    5
  • Madeleine [gf]
    sweet French-style tea cake with coconut, rosemary & spices
    3
Cookies
  • Chocolate Oatmeal Chili
    2 each
    3 for 5
  • Chocolate Mint Coconut Almond
    2 each
    3 for 5
  • Oatmeal Date
    2 each
    3 for 5
  • Pistachio Cardamom
    2 each
    3 for 5
  • Elephant Cookie [PB + chocolate]
    2 each
    3 for 5
  • Masala Cookie [savory & sweet]
    2 each
    3 for 5
  • Figlets [pig-shaped fig cookies]
    2 each
    3 for 5
  • Double Chocolate Hazelnut Basil [gf]
    3 each
    4for10
  • Lemon Square [gf][v]
    3 each
    4for10
  • Ginger Cloud [v]
    3 each
    4for10




Shop
Shop items are made in small batches for freshness, so please know our selection will vary. If you see something listed that we are not currently selling in our restaurant, please feel free to request we make it again.

  • Garam Masala
    spice blend; toasted, ground & blended in house; 2.5 oz. a blend of "warm" spices that includes cardamom, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, mace, black pepper & bay leaves. best used as a marinade or rub for grilling, or to finish a curry.
    7
  • Tandoori Masala
    spice blend; toasted, ground & blended in house; 2.5 oz. a blend of spices that includes three kinds of chili peppers & black salt. best used as a rub for barbeque chicken, meat or vegetables, or sprinkled on roasted potatoes.
    7
  • Chaat Masala
    spice blend; toasted, ground & blended in house; 2.5 oz. a blend of spices that includes black salt, cumin, amchur & chili powder. best used to sprinkle on cooked foods like roasted or fried potatoes & vegetables, or as a marinade or rub for grilling.
    7
  • Tez Masala
    spice blend; toasted, ground & blended in house; 2.5 oz. a hot curry powder. can be used in your favorite curry recipe with vegetables, chicken or meats.
    7
  • Sigri Masala
    spice blend; toasted, ground & blended in house; 2.5 oz. 'sigri' is an Indian stove used to burn coals - this spice is perfect for the bbq or grill. use as a rub on meat, poultry, fish & veggies.
    7
  • Chai Masala
    spice blend; toasted, ground & blended in house; 2.5 oz. use for masala chai (add to your favorite black tea) or as a flavor to any dessert.
    7
  • Ghee
    16 oz jar. clarified butter, a "healthy" fat, salt- and lactose-free. used for cooking, baking, dipping or drizzling. used for 2000 years in Ayurveda, the ancient healing system of India, for its anti-cancer & anti-viral properties. vital food for healthy skin, mental clarity & good digestion.
    8
  • Cheritomato
    currently unavailable - a jar of our house made spicy catsup, the same as we serve in our restaurant.
    7
  • Pondikill
    currently unavailable - a jar of our house made hot sauce, made with ghost peppers, the same as we serve in our restaurant.
    7
  • Leo Bars
    package of 6. whole grain, flax seed biscuits. good for digestive health. best eaten dunked in coffee, tea or milk.
    5
  • Chevda
    8 oz bag. Indian trail mix, pronounced "chEV-rah." made of brown rice flakes, chickpea fritters, tapioca, nuts, sunflower seeds, raisins & spice. just a little spicy.
    6
  • Akesson's Chocolates
    2.1 oz bars, six varieties. organic, single plantation chocolates from family-owned Akesson's Chocolates. the owner is a Pondicheri regular. we carry: 75% forastero cocoa, 45% milk chocolate & fleur de sel, 75% trinitario cocoa, 75% criollo cocoa, 75% trinitario cocoa & wild voatsiperifery pepper, and 75% trinitario cocoa & pink pepper.
    7
Weekly Specials
In addition to our regular menu, these are the specials we have available each week. Please keep in mind quantities are limited.
Happy Hour
every day from 3p - 6p
  • $5 Tempters - beer & wine cocktails
  • $5 House Wine
  • $1 off Draught Beers


Meatless Mondays
all day Monday, we offer an all-vegetarian menu with our weekly menu's vegetarian dishes in addition to these specials served only on this day. we have chosen to serve no meat one day a week so that we may, in this small way, lessen our impact on the environment and promote a healthier society.
  • Lentil Samosas [v]
    two triangular shaped pastries filled with lentils, cashews & herbs, served with tomato chutney
    7
  • Saag Paneer [gf]
    fresh spinach & mustard greens slow cooked with fenugreek, caramelized onions, house made paneer
    10
  • Peanut Noodles [gf][v]
    a Chinese / Indian stir fry with rice noodles, carrots, red bell peppers, celery & sugar snap peas in a peanut soy chili sauce
    12


Fried Chicken Tuesdays
  • Fried Chicken for 2
    half of a Bryan Farm chicken marinated in a spicy yogurt masala then dusted in chickpea flour. served with curried fingerling potatoes, arugula & blueberry salad, chutney and pumpkin buns.
    25


Dosa Dreams Wednesday
An often changing menu of toppings & fillings on dosas & uttapams. Warning: our imagination may run wild!
25


Thursdays & Fridays
  • Vindaloo Ribs
    half a rack of Berkshire pork ribs in a fiery hot ghost chili pepper marinade, served with onion pakoras
    18


  • Mon thru Fri:
  • 7a - 3p
  • Sat & Sun:
  • 8a - 3p
  • BREAKFAST
  • Counter service
  • 11a - 5p
  • LUNCH
  • Counter service
  • 3p - 6p
  • HAPPY HOUR
  • In the restaurant & at the bar
  • Mon thru Thurs:
  • 5p - 10p
  • Fri & Sat:
  • 5p - 11p
  • Sunday:
  • 5p - 9p
  • DINNER
  • Table service

    Only reservations for parties of 8 or more accepted after 5pm taken 24 hrs in advance
Press
07.15.14 - New York Times, "Eating Across Texas, Puffy Tacos to Frito Pie"

07.15.14 - Houston Chronicle, "Tuesday Means Fried Chicken at Pondicheri"

07.01.14 - Houston Press, "100 Favorite Dishes of 2014-15: Chai Pie at Pondicheri"

06.20.14 - Houston Chronicle Blog, "Anita Jaisinghani Doing U.S. Proud at the World Curry Fest"

03.01.14 - Texas Monthly, "Grub Streets: Twenty Dishes that Represent the Most Dynamic Food City in Texas"

02.12.14 - Houstonia Magazine, "Pondicheri's Indian Breakfasts"

02.06.14 - Houston Press, "100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014"

01.07.14 - Eater, "The Essential 38 Houston Restaurants"

10.10.13 - Houston Press, "Best Brunch Houston 2013 - Pondicheri"

10.02.13 - Bon Appétit Magazine, "11 Classic Pastries You've Never Heard Of (But Want to Eat Now)"

09.30.13 - Houstonia Magazine, "50 Restaurants That Define Houston Dining"

09.01.13 - Cooking Light Magazine, "Healthy and Hungry in Houston"

08.01.13 - Travel + Leisure, "America's Best Bakeries"

07.23.13 - Houstonia Magazine, "Pod Season at Pondicheri"

06.30.13 - MPR News, "In Houston, Diversity You Can Sink Your Teeth Into"

06.01.13 - Food & Wine Magazine, "Houston in 10 Plates"

06.01.13 - Private Clubs Magazine, "Houston's Haute Plates"

05.31.13 - Austin 360, "You Gotta Try This: Pondicheri in Houston"

04.29.13 - Houstonia Magazine, "Top Burgers 2013"

03.27.13 - Culture Map, "Rise & Dine: 10 Newish Breakfasts"

03.03.13 - Culture Map, "The Best Cookies in Houston"

11.27.12 - Houston Press, "Top 10 Restaurants in Upper Kirby"

10.09.12 - Eater, "The Essential 38 Houston Restaurants, October 2012"

09.07.12 - Houston Press, "100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 15 Yogi Thali at Pondicheri"

08.23.12 - Southern Living, "Secrets from the South's Most Surprising Bakery"

05.31.12 - Houston Press, "Where the Chefs Eat: Anita Jaisinghani, Eloise Adams and Erin Smith"

04.09.12 - Houston Press, "The 2nd Annual Kiss My Grits Throwdown by YTAC a Huge Success"

03.22.12 - Eater, "Pondicheri's Anita Jaisinghani Reminisces on the First Year"

02.21.12 - Houston Press, "Houston Racks Up Six Semi-Finalist Nods for 2012 James Beard Awards"

01.04.12 - Houston Press, "The Hits of 2011"

12.28.11 - Houston Press, "The 10 Best New Restaurants of 2011"

11.30.11 - Houston Press, "Taste of the South Devotes Nine-Page Spread to Houston"

10.25.11 - Houston Press, "Karbach Brewing's Grand Opening Brings a Big Crowd"

10.13.11 - 29-95, "Indika Gets a Menu Makeover"

10.04.11 - Eater, "The Essential 38 Houston Restaurants"

9.29.11 - Houston Press, "Best of Houston 2011: Best New Restaurant"

9.21.11 - Houston Press, "100 Favorite Dishes: No. 7, Texas Shrimp Chaat at Pondicheri"

9.14.11 - 29-95, "Well-designed tables are the new Houston trend in restaurants"

8.01.11 - My Table, "Pondicheri & Anita Jaisinghani nominated for 2011 Houston Culinary Awards, Best New Restaurant, Best Chef"

7.28.11 - Eater, "Cook's Beloved Pondicheri"

7.27.11 - 29-95, "Restaurant Review: Pondicheri"

7.25.11 - Culturemap, "Profiles of Innovation: Anita Jaisinghani"

7.23.11 - Culturemap, "Pondicheri's chickpea fried chicken is a gluten-free winner"

7.14.11 - Houston Press, "Help, I'm Addicted to the Bournvita Chocolate Malted Shake at Pondicheri"

7.06.11 - The Examiner, "Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day at Pondicheri in West Ave"


6.30.11 - Houston Chronicle, "Restaurant offers Indian-style twist on takeout"

6.14.11 - Culturemap, "Take the 'weak' out of weekdays with these Happy Hour specials"

6.01.11 - Houston Press, "Serious Chaat: Anita Jaisinghani's Pondicheri is this year's best new restaurant"

6.01.11 - Texas Monthly, "New + Noteworthy"

4.19.11 - Tasting Table, "Traveling Table: Houston Gulf Coast gastronomy goes global"

4.10.11 - Houston Chronicle, "The flavors of Indian home cooking come alive at Pondicheri"

4.06.11 - Culturemap, "Houston gets its first Indian breakfast spot: Jaisinghani tackles mornings at Pondicheri"

3.29.11 - Papercity, "Anita Jaisinghani's New Indian Restaurant at West Ave"

3.12.11 - Culturemap, "Pon de replay: Indika chef strikes gold again with Pondicheri at West Ave"

3.03.11 - Houston Chronicle, "Pondicheri will strike your fancy: Casual Indian restaurant has a laid-back vibe"

Anita Jaisinghani was born and raised in India, and has been at the helm of Indika (a highly-lauded and award winning restaurant in Houston) for nearly 10 years. An avid traveler & reader, her true passion is creativity in food. She harnesses her scientific background to experiment with ideas that blend flavors of her native Sindh culture with local Texas ingredients using techniques she has learned thru her childhood and her travels.

'Pondicheri' is the original name of a small coastal town, off the Bay of Bengal in South India, where Anita was a frequent visitor in her childhood days. Known also as Pondicherry or Puducherry, the city rose to importance in Anita's life when she was diagnosed with a serious bout of childhood malaria, and rushed to the Aurobindo Ashram for healing. Anita's mother truly believed that her miraculous recovery was a direct result of the poetic blessing bestowed upon her by the ashram's matriarch.

You are what you eat'

Whether you are a chai, curry, or cardamom cookie, we passionately guarantee your composition is of raw, local, uncompromising quality. We savor the blossoming need to use ingredients of purity along with a desire for hand-made quality. Together, these stamp our food with the fingerprints of true oxygenated existence.

It is with utmost pride and pleasure that we roast and grind our spices, sing songs to our yeast starters, grind our meat, and most importantly cherish our kitchen. Cooking wholesome nourishment tingles us with a fervor that indulges our ever-present lust to feed.

A sustainable eco-friendly to-go system based on the age old "tiffin" carriers of Mumbai, where freshly cooked food is packed hot in a container called a tiffin - affectionately named "Pondi," for our purposes. The food remains warm for up to sixty minutes in these shiny, stacked stainless steel containers. You may bring your old dirty Pondi back when you return, and we will pack your new order in a new, clean Pondi!

Pondis are available for purchase for a $25 non-refundable fee. You may keep your Pondi and use it only at home, give it as a gift, or you may enter it into the Pondi Exchange program---just remember that when you turn in your dirty Pondi, you will receive a different clean one in its place.

  • Mon thru Fri:
  • 7a - 3p
  • Sat & Sun:
  • 8a - 3p
  • BREAKFAST
  • Counter service
  • 11a - 5p
  • LUNCH
  • Counter service
  • 3p - 6p
  • HAPPY HOUR
  • In the restaurant & at the bar
  • Mon thru Thurs:
  • 5p - 10p
  • Fri & Sat:
  • 5p - 11p
  • Sunday:
  • 5p - 9p
  • DINNER
  • Table service

    Only reservations for parties of 8 or more accepted after 5pm taken 24 hrs in advance
Address & Contact Information
2800 Kirby, Ste. B132
Houston, Texas 77098
713.522.2022

We are at the southwest corner of Kirby and Westheimer in the WestAve complex.

From 59: Ext Kirby, go past Richmond and make a left on Kipling and an immediate right on West Ave. We are on the end of the left hand side.
From 610: Exit Westheimer going east, make a right on Kirby, right on Kipling and a right on West Ave. We are on the end of the left hand side.

Free parking is available in the West Ave Garage, directly behind Pondicheri. Metered parking is available along the inner drive. Complimentary valet parking is available in front of Tootsies or Ava.



2800 Kirby Drive
Suite B132
Houston, TX 77098
713.522.2022

What's on your mind?
We would like to know.

Send us an email at eat@pondichericafe.com


BREAKFAST AND LUNCH:
Counter Service

DINNER:
Table Service, first come first serve

Only reservations for parties of 8 or more accepted after 5pm taken 24 hrs in advance
Charities We Proudly Support:
Children at Risk
Children at Risk is a nonprofit organization that drives change for children through research, education and influencing public policy. The focus of Children at Risk is to make Texas a place where children’s needs come first, where families thrive, and where ample resources are available to children at their families.

Pratham
Pratham is the largest non-governmental organization working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India. All our programs are designed to ensure that enrollment in schools increases, learning in schools and communities increases, the education net reaches children who are unable to attend school, and models are replicated and scaled up to serve large numbers of children to achieve a large scale impact.

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is a leading non-profit provider of reproductive health care, sexuality education and advocacy for reproductive rights. Planned Parenthood seeks a world in which all children are wanted and cared for, all women and men have equal rights and dignity, sexuality is expressed with honesty, equality, and responsibility, and the decision to bear children is private and voluntary. The mission of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is to ensure the right and ability of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing health services, education and advocacy.


Our Food
Chicken
Bryan Farm, Conroe, TX
Buddy's Chicken, Gonzalez, TX
Eggs
B 3-Ole Dad Farm, Weimar, TX
Milk
Way Back When Dairy, Jacksonville, TX
Cheese
Houston Dairymaids
Pola Artisan Cheese, Houston, TX
Shrimp
Texas Wild, Gulf of Mexico
Vegetables
Gundermann Acres, Wharton, TX
Knopp Branch Farms, Edna, TX
Utility Research Garden, Brazoria, TX
Coffee
Java Pura, Houston, TX
Our Restaurant
Design
Good Project, Houston, TX
Counters
New Living, Houston, TX
Dishes & Thalis
Neelam Steel, India
Tiles
Kenzai Ceramic, India
Windows, Tables, Custom Steel
Spencer Elliott, Houston, TX
Coming soon!