Pondicheri (Houston)

Rating: A

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I saw Pondicheri on a Zagat list of the best gluten free dishes to try in Houston, and I also had a friend tell me it's her favorite restaurant, so I had to try it as soon as possible. Although the time of the day I went was slightly inconvenient, I loved the food.  I wanted to try their breakfast, but I also wanted to try their juice, which I found out is slightly difficult to accomplish.  The juice bar is upstairs (you have to walk outside to get there).  The restaurant is downstairs.  I personally prefer the vibe upstairs more.  It's more of a fun coffee shop and the people seemed nicer overall.  They have a ton of gluten free baked goods (just make sure you tell them to not grab them with the cross-contaminated tongs). I tried the gluten free madeleines and a juice from upstairs.  Both were good.  Downstairs, I tried a couple of their breakfasts, including the kitchen sink omelette and the Beet Uttapam. Both were delicious.

Here is the gluten free Madeleine from the Juice Bar upstairs

I LOVED this thing! It was the perfect amount of sweet and had some delicious almond chunks in it as well. I would definitely buy this again.

I LOVED this thing! It was the perfect amount of sweet and had some delicious almond chunks in it as well. I would definitely buy this again.

 

 

Sindhi Ladoo and Gluten Free Sesame Muffin

Both of these pastries were really interesting and flavorful.  They were both savory and sweet at the same time, with the initial flavor being sweet and kind of finishing off savory.  At first I thought I didn't like the muffin, but I kept eating it to try to figure out the flavor and ended up eating the whole thing. Haha! I definitely prefer the madeleine over both of these and the Ladoo over the muffin. With that said, I would probably eat all three if they were in front of me.

 

Beet Uttapam:

a beet infused fermented rice & lentil pancake with coconut & ginger, topped with a fried egg & served with peanut coconut salad, potato curry and cilantro chutney | non-veg served with keema [gf]

The colors and flavor profile of this dish were so amazing! I will definitely be ordering it again.  There were chunks of raw ginger in the pancake that really enhanced the overall flavor.

 

Railway Omelette (Veggie)

3 eggs filled with ‘‘everything but the kitchen sink,” available veg or nonveg | carrot paratha

I loved this omelette as well.  The guy at the counter suggested adding a millet roti to it to substitute for the gluten in the normal dish, and I'm so glad he did. The sauce they have there on the side is delicious and this omelette was FULL of all kind of vegetables.  I loved it!