Our New Indian Street Grill, Botiwalla, Is Open!

Joining an exciting roster of nationally acclaimed brands and local culinary pioneers, Meherwan Irani and the team behind Chai Pani will open a new Indian street food concept in Ponce City Market on Monday, April 11. Showcasing yet another aspect of the huge and wonderfully diverse world of Indian street food, two-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Meherwan Irani announces that Botiwalla will spotlight marinated meats on skewers, cooked on open flame, then served with fresh-made flat bread, fresh herbs and spices, in addition to some chaat favorites making their way over from his acclaimed restaurant Chai Pani in Decatur.

Irani also adds, “Chai Pani mostly focuses on the world of chaat (multi-textured Indian street snacks), but there’s another whole world of street food that comes to life at night in India, that of the Indian grill (or Sigri). There’s also a unique and quirky style of restaurant in India reffered to as Irani cafes – run by the decendants of immigrants from Iran. This is in fact the history of my own family. I am an Irani. My own grandfather had an Irani cafe, and so I grew up on the Irani kababs, chai, and other great dishes coming out of that kitchen. Botiwalla is inspired by both of those aspects of the Indian culinary universe that I am nostalgic for – the sigri and Irani cafes.”

Find hours, info and more at www.botiwalla.com and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @botiwalla


Cutting Chai Premieres 3/10 – SOLD OUT!

Sorry folks! We’re all sold out of our tickets for the Cutting Chai premiere! If you missed this showing, keep an eye out for future screenings in Asheville, NC and other cities on social media and www.cuttingchaimovie.com Thanks for all the support!


Cutting Chai is a one-of-a-kind documentary presented by Chai Pani, following two-time James Beard-nominated chef Meherwan Irani as he takes his crew of head chefs through 10 cities in 10 days by trains, planes, and auto-rickshaw, eating everything they can possibly get their hands on and living to tell the tale.


The Way of the Mindblast

“We wanted to bring the rest of India to the table – the colorful, vibrant & exquisite flavor profiles, the innovative regional diversity, the fun, excitement & bright flavors of street food and the simple refinement & comfort of home cooking.”


“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with them … the people who give you their food give you their heart” ~ Cesar Chavez.


Chai Pani’s Mission

We went to India, ate everything in sight, had our minds blasted, and made a video