Explore Downtown Asheville Restaurants – Chai Pani

Chai Pani

If you have never tried Indian street Food then you should. My favorite snack food in Asheville is the Matchstick Okra Fries (seasonal) (g/v).
Julienned “okra fries” tossed with lime, salt & seasoning. Okra like you’ve never had it – one of our signature dishes.  Yes, Okra Fries! mouth watering yet? It should be.


Meherwan & Molly Irani are the Chai Pani owners.This wonderful  brain child of thiers is one of the most unique places to have lunch at in Asheville. Meherwan is the executive chef & chief chaiwalla and the visionary behind the concept & menu. Molly directs the front of the house and is the creative & artistic force that brought the concept to a vibrant reality.

Directions: We are located at 22 Battery Park Ave in downtown Asheville, next to World Coffee and Kilwin’s ice cream. Two public parking lots are within the block.

Cost: $$ – Moderate

Other: members of ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)

Times/Hours:  MON 7:30AM-3:00PM; TUES-FRI 7:30AM-9:00PM;

SAT-SUN 9:00AM-9:00PM

Seating Capacity: 60


22 Battery Park Ave,

Asheville, NC 28801

General Contact:

Phone: 828-254-4043

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Alcoholic Beverages:

  • Cocktails, Wine and Beer

Dining Amenities:

  • Handicap Accessibility
  • Serves Lunch and  Dinner
  • Totally Smoke Free
  • Vegetarian Selections available
  • Gluten Free Menu


  • Gladly accepts reservations for parties large and small Tuesdays through Sundays 3:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • We can often take reservations for large parties during non-peak hours Monday through Friday. Please call and ask for a manager.