Houston, TX



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About Us

Pondicheri opened in Houston on March 1, 2011, serving non-traditional authentic Indian dishes, unique baked goods, fresh juices, local craft beers & fine wines. "Pondicheri" is an early spelling of Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a small coastal town on the Bay of Bengal in South India that has passed through centuries of Dutch, Portuguese, British & French control before gaining independence in the mid-20th century. Like its namesake town, Pondicheri aims to create an environment in which myriad regional & cultural influences come together to provide a diverse & complex experience. This combination of Indian cuisines & local sourcing results in a vibrant & inventive menu with a focus on fresh ingredients & leanings toward the ancient body of wisdom of Ayurveda.

Pondicheri expanded with the opening of the Bake Lab + Shop in October of 2014, providing a more extensive selection of baked goods & traditional sweets as well as salads, chaats & sandwiches. The shop within the Bake Lab offers cooking aids, signature spice blends, cookware, dishware, books & Pondicheri goods. The Bake Lab + Shop also serves as a space for private events, cooking classes & pop up dinners.

In August of 2016, Pondicheri opened its first out-of-state location in the Flatiron district of New York City. Like its Houston counterpart, the restaurant serves breakfast all day but switches to a fine dining menu in the evenings that harkens back to Chef Anita's first restaurant, Indika.

Pondicheri has been recognized nationwide, with a James Beard nomination for best new restaurant in 2012, awards for Houston Chronicle's Top 100 Restaurant every year since opening & the Honey Mesquite Cake named as one of the top 10 New York Dishes of 2016 by the New York Times. Chef Anita Jaisinghani has been a James Beard semifinalist twice for Best Chef Southwest, once in 2012 & once for this year!



Pondicheri Perks:
~ 50% paid for all gym/yoga memberships for full-time employees
~ opportunities for upward mobility in a growing company
~ constantly evolving menu due to locally available ingredients & musing moods

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