(713) 522-2022
2800 Kirby Drive, Suite B132 | Houston, TX 77098
Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza
TripAdvisor Rating Based on 209 reviews

Chef Anita Jaisinghani, the force behind the acclaimed Indika restaurant in Montrose, now has another Indian concept spicing up Central Houston.

Located in the West Ave development, Pondicheri is a casual breakfast, lunch and dinner eatery serving up bite-sized pakoras, seekh kebabs, goat biryani and Chef Anita’s take on many more Indian favorites. She’s even serving up a special “PondiKill” sauce made from the Naga Jolokia or ghost pepper.

It’s all happening in a sleek, modern 3,000-square-foot space in the middle of the mixed-use center. Large steel-and-glass window panels and giant, handcrafted doors are veritable works of art. Many of the design elements inside the restaurant were sourced during a buying trip to India that brought back colorful tiles from a New Delhi artisan. The tiles provide a great contrast to the countertops and tabletops made from reclaimed wood damaged during Hurricane Ike. Indian influences abound here, from the bright patterned upholstery purchased in open-air markets to the unmistakable scent of Indian food being prepared.

The restaurant also features an in-house specialty bakery. Pondicheri offers counter service for breakfast and lunch and table service for dinner starting at 5 p.m.

For more information on the chef behind Pondicheri click here.

  • James Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant (2012).
  • Chef Anita Jaisinghani named James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Southwest (2012).
  • Named one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly (2012).
  • Hours: 7:30 AM to 10 PM 7 DAYS A WEEK
  • Price: $$ (Meal, including one drink, tax and tip $11-$30)
  • Reservations Required
    • No
  • Languages Spoken
    • English
    • Hindi
    • Spanish
  • Breakfast
  • Weekend Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Happy Hour
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Kid's Menu
  • Pet Friendly
  • Valet Parking
  • Self Parking
  • Take Out
  • ADA Accessible
  • Wireless
  • Free Wireless
  • Group Friendly
  • ADA Accessible