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
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. Families and children are always
welcome. We serve
all three meals of the day, along with snacks and coffee or tea anytime.
NEW at Pondicheri
Community Breakfast benefitting Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos
Saturday June 8th 730A - 12P
Casa is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. They provide residential care and coordinate medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child.
Pondicheri Juice Bar - DAILY 730A - 3P
We'll be serving up fresh, housemade juices every day of the week…
Laal, Naka, Hari, Merzi: Come try them all!
Visit our sister restaurant
at 516 Westheimer Road
06.01.13 - Food & Wine Magazine, "Houston in 10 Plates"
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, and a devoted yogi, 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 Poducherry,
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 deposit." 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.
Address & Contact Information
2800 Kirby, Ste. B132
Houston, Texas 77098
We are at the southwest corner of Kirby and Westheimer in the WestAve complex.
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.
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.
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 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.
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