Husband-wife duo Meherwan and Molly Irani and team will open a new Indian street food concept in Ponce City Market in fall 2015. Two-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Meherwan Irani announces that Boti will spotlight marinated meats on skewers, cooked on open flame, then served with fresh-made flat bread, fresh herbs and spices.
“I had actually already been planning a spin-off of Chai Pani for a little over a year; something even more casual, even more of an eatery – almost completely a counter-service model,” says Chai Pani executive chef Meherwan. “So when Ponce City Market approached me to consider something for a modern day food hall, I knew it would be a perfect fit.”
Developed by Meherwan and Chai Pani Decatur chef de cuisine Daniel Peach, the Boti menu will feature tandoori and kababs, such as skirt steak marinated in vinegar, garlic, ginger and chilies; chicken tikka with classic tandoori spices; lamb seekh kabab with cream, mint and pistachio, and more. Offering a variety of tastes, freshly grilled meats will be served on hand-made naan, parathas (flaky flat bread), pav (a soft roll), or organic mixed greens. Specials might include: marinated beef heart, charred octopus, sweetbreads, grilled fruits and Middle Eastern cheeses.
Drawing inspiration from the open-air Indian street cafes, Meherwan, Molly and Chai Pani brand director Michael Files will team up with DeCarlo Architecture to transform the Boti space into a vibrant mishmash of design cues stemming from modern India. With richly-colored, hand-painted signs and posters fusing with authentic Indian relics. An open kitchen with a large charbroil grill and tandoori oven will serve as the centerpiece of the restaurant.