Local: Pondicheri - Sugar and Cloth

Local: Pondicheri

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Believe it or not, I actually don’t survive on cookies and cake alone. For my behind the scenes meals I do tend to try and include more than one food group and protein here and there. I know, I know, I’m shocked too. One thing I don’t like to compromise on though, is flavor and a token cute factor, and Pondicheri on West Ave has plenty of both! I mean, how amazing are these flowing, patterned shears dividing the juice bar and dining area? I’m in love!

For those of you that just so happen to be in this for the sugar part of Sugar & Cloth, don’t worry, this mountain of pastries should tide you over…

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My lovely friend Davina actually introduced me to Pondicheri a while back for brunch before I taught a DIY workshop at the Langford across the street, and one Indian donut later, I was hooked! Their fresh juices are as picture perfect as they are delicious (see the pink and green drink below), and the Naka is my favorite!

(pictured below is the chicken garbanzo sprout salad, beet uttapum, hibiscus soda, coconut ladoos, and naka juice)

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We got the chance to photograph (and taste!) some of their token dishes for an upcoming feature with Food Network, so I’ll leave the full scoop to the big guys, but here are a few things to note when visiting from my experience (aka my current favorites)-

What to drink: Naka, hibiscus soda, or iced coffee

Best time to go: for a unique breakfast or for Fried Chicken for 2 Tuesdays

Sweets: Coconut ladoo, gulab jamun (Indian donut), or chai pie 

Little did you know: You can get lunch to go in a “Pondi” (also known as a tiffin), which is a metal lunch box to keep it warm for up to an hour. Then you bring it back the next time and they exchange it for a new one for you next hot lunch. Love this idea!

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Do you all have any favorite Indian restaurants near you? I like to think they should all be this well designed!

photos by Jared Smith

Local: Pondicheri - Sugar and Cloth

Local: Pondicheri

MS4A8298MS4A8183

Believe it or not, I actually don’t survive on cookies and cake alone. For my behind the scenes meals I do tend to try and include more than one food group and protein here and there. I know, I know, I’m shocked too. One thing I don’t like to compromise on though, is flavor and a token cute factor, and Pondicheri on West Ave has plenty of both! I mean, how amazing are these flowing, patterned shears dividing the juice bar and dining area? I’m in love!

For those of you that just so happen to be in this for the sugar part of Sugar & Cloth, don’t worry, this mountain of pastries should tide you over…

MS4A8201

MS4A8185

My lovely friend Davina actually introduced me to Pondicheri a while back for brunch before I taught a DIY workshop at the Langford across the street, and one Indian donut later, I was hooked! Their fresh juices are as picture perfect as they are delicious (see the pink and green drink below), and the Naka is my favorite!

(pictured below is the chicken garbanzo sprout salad, beet uttapum, hibiscus soda, coconut ladoos, and naka juice)

MS4A8231MS4A8192

We got the chance to photograph (and taste!) some of their token dishes for an upcoming feature with Food Network, so I’ll leave the full scoop to the big guys, but here are a few things to note when visiting from my experience (aka my current favorites)-

What to drink: Naka, hibiscus soda, or iced coffee

Best time to go: for a unique breakfast or for Fried Chicken for 2 Tuesdays

Sweets: Coconut ladoo, gulab jamun (Indian donut), or chai pie 

Little did you know: You can get lunch to go in a “Pondi” (also known as a tiffin), which is a metal lunch box to keep it warm for up to an hour. Then you bring it back the next time and they exchange it for a new one for you next hot lunch. Love this idea!

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Do you all have any favorite Indian restaurants near you? I like to think they should all be this well designed!

photos by Jared Smith

Comments

    • Ashley said:

      I know! I wish all drinks were this colorful, haha ;)

  • Brittni

    08.20.14

    Looks like a great place to eat. And I love those striped shears that divide the spaces.

    • Ashley said:

      my favorite thing too!

    • Ashley said:

      It really is. Also, loved your happy life advice! xo

  • jewel7013

    08.20.14

    I would love to try their food. Always nice to see you recognize and applaud other businesses. owning a business is tough and compliments are a great boost!

  • Maricarr

    08.20.14

    I live in Houston and this is one of my all time favorite restaurants! I always make sure to get an indian donut :)

    • Ashley said:

      yes, you definitely need to! Also, we need to meet sometime! Your house is fabulous and I love Ikea everything ;)

  • Lisa

    08.21.14

    Um..so, like…need an eating partner?

    • Ashley said:

      DUH! And you can always text me ANYTIME :)

  • Kaho

    09.02.14

    Now I live in India, I totally reacted to the name. I love the Indian touches in the Interior design and seeing the Indian sweets and masala in the photos!

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