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Pondicheri

2800 Kirby Drive, B132 Houston, TX 77098 | Lower Shepherd-Kirby | 713-522-2022

Location Description:

Upper Kirby's Pondicheri is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering casual counter service during the day and upscale table service by night. It even offers classic Indian takeaway, albeit with a modern, Gulf Coast twist on traditional Indian food. Chef and owner Anita Jaisinghani has crafted a clever restaurant that takes all comers while still creating some of the most breathtakingly interesting and soulful Indian food anywhere, like her Texas shrimp chaat with corn and avocado, paneer-stuffed chicken legs or oatmeal choco-late-chile cookies.


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Details

  • Cuisine(s): Indian
  • Hours: Daily 7am-10pm
  • Price: $$, $$$
  • Serving: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Not Accepted
  • Parking: Garage, Street, Valet
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Features: Takeout

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