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Pondicheri

4.2 (1812)$$Modern Indian restaurant

2800 Kirby Dr b132, Houston, TX 77098

Pondicheri

2800 Kirby Dr b132, Houston, TX 77098

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Pondi Weekly Specials
FRIDAY - Pickle Pizza!
$18.00
The delicate hen of the woods mushroom marinated with black kalonji seeds, amchur and salt and draped over a gruyere tomato masala…
SUNDAY - Black Bean & Cauliflower Biryani [Gf] [V]
$20.00
A simple flavorful biryani with roasted cauliflower and black garbanzo beans cooked in amchur and black pepper.
THURSDAY Travels - Anda Paratha
$15.00
Stuffed paratha is standard Indian breakfast across the country, an egg on top makes it even more glorious! Choice of Potato or Keema.

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TUESDAY - Fried Chicken Special!
$24.00
TUESDAY ONLY - Three pieces of chicken- brined and marinated in yogurt masala then fried in ghee in a crispy chickpea batter, accompanied by pondi salad, chutneys, tamarind dipping sauce & house pickles. Your choice of uppma (rice & corn grits) OR Dwaffle (dosa-waffle).

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WEDNESDAY - Pav Bhaji Dosa [Gf]
$16.00
Streets of Mumbai beach food hits a crispy dwaffle…Gluten-free & contains ghee.
WEEKEND - Vindaloo Ribs!
$50.00
AVAILABLE TODAY! Colorado lamb rib rack marinated in warm Goan spices slow roasted with tamarind. Served with desi fries, crispy brussel sprouts, tamarind dipping sauce & pondi salad. (Serves 2)
Pondi Books!
Masala Cookbook!
$25.00
Go inside the mind of a chef to learn the fundamentals of Indian cuisine and decode the secrets to cooking with spices in this beautiful collection of over 100 timeless recipes. / / “This book will exhilarate your senses and invite you to explore the richness of Indian cuisine.”—Deepak Chopra / / Award-winning chef Anita Jaisinghani of Pondicheri restaurant in Houston, Texas, shows just how easy, delicious, and healthy Indian food can be in this stunning and accessible debut cookbook.
Pondi Chutneys
popular
Cilantro Chutney [Gf]
$2.00
Cilantro Chutney: cilantro, sesame, yogurt & serrano (4 oz).
Seasonal Raita [Gf]
$2.00
Apple, cucumber, onion & yogurt (4 oz).
Plain Yogurt [Gf]
$2.00
Plain yogurt (4 oz).
Avocado Masala [Gf] [V]
$4.00
Spiced avocado mash (4 oz).
Butter Chicken Sauce [Gf]
$3.00
Side of butter chicken sauce, contains chicken stock.
Butter Chicken Sauce Quart
$15.00
Side of Butter Chicken Sauce - quart 32 oz.
Cheri Tomato [Gf] [V]
$2.00
House made ketchup (4 oz).
Cumin Yogurt [Gf]
$2.00
Yogurt with cumin pop (4 oz).
Diced Onions [Gf] [V]
$1.00
Diced onions (2 oz).
Diced Serrano [Gf] [V]
$1.00
One serrano diced.
Eggplant Pickle [Gf] [V]
$3.00
Eggplant Pickle [4 oz].
Empire Sauce [Gf] [V]
$2.00
Tomato coconut masala sauce scented with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg, simmer to make a ‘butter chicken’ like curry with chicken, seafood or vegetables. Gluten free & vegan.
Ghee [Gf]
$1.00
House made ghee (clarified butter - 2 oz).
Pickled Carrots [Gf] [V]
$2.00
Pickled sliced carrots (4 oz).
Pickled Onions [Gf] [V]
$2.00
Spiced pickled onions (4 oz).
Tamarind Chutney [Gf] [V]
$2.00
Tamarind Chutney: tangy balanced with hint of sweet (4 oz).
Olive Oil [Gf] [V]
$1.00
Olive Oil (2oz.)
Pondi Hot Drinks
Add Pondi Syrup
$1.00
House made syrup with cardamom & mace.
Americano
$3.00
Espresso from Amaya Roasters with hot water.
Cappuccino
$3.50
Espresso from Amaya Roasters with foamed milk.
Coffee
$3.00
Coffee from Amaya Roasters.
Cortado
$3.50
Equal parts espresso from Amaya Roasters & steamed milk.
Dirty Chai
$6.00
Milky fragrant tea brew with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger & mint with a shot of espresso!
Espresso
$3.00
Coffee from Amaya Roasters.
Flat White
$3.50
Amaya Roasters coffee & foamed milk.
Green Tea
$3.00
Latte Hot
$4.00
Amaya Roasters espresso with steamed milk.
Macchiato
$3.50
Amaya Roasters espresso with foam.
Masala Chai
$5.00
Milky fragrant tea brew with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger & mint.
Masala Chai - Vegan
$5.00
Fragrant tea brew with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, mint & oat milk.

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Pondi Latte HOT
$4.50
Amaya Roasters espresso with Pondi Syrup (mace & cardamom) with steamed milk. House favorite!
Tisane - Jiva
$3.00
Infusion made with fresh turmeric, cinnamon & mint.
Tisane - Shakti
$3.00
Infusion made with almond, cumin, coriander & orange peel.
Pondi Cold Drinks
popular
Mango Lassi
$4.00
Mango & cardamom sweetened yogurt drink.
Almond Iced Chai
$6.00
Blueberry Sparkle MOCKTAIL
$6.00
Housemade blueberry & rosemary jam topped with lemon and soda.
Coconut Mango Lassi - Quart
$10.00
Lassi Quarts (32oz) - yogurt, coconut & cardamom (vegan).

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Golden Lemonade
$4.00
House made lemonade with ginger & turmeric.
Honey Blues MOCKTAIL
$6.00
Butterfly-pea & honey lavender lemonade.
Honey Lime Soda
$4.00
Honey & fresh lime soda.
Iced Americano
$3.00
Iced Latte
$4.00
Iced Pondi Latte
$4.50
Iced Latte with Pondi syrup (mace & cardamom) - a house favorite!
Iced Tea
$3.00
House-brewed with Assam black tea & cinnamon.
Iced Toddy
$5.00
Spiced Cold Brew.
Jardin MOCKTAIL
$7.00
spicy concoction of cucumber, serrano, lime, ginger, mint & moringa.
Mango Lassi - Quart
$10.00
Lassi Quarts (32oz) - house made yogurt, mango & cardamom.
Milk
$2.00
Orange Juice
$7.00
Fresh squeezed to order!
Rose Lassi
$4.00
Rose & cardamom yogurt drink.
Rose Lassi - Quart
$10.00
Lassi Quarts (32oz) - house made yogurt, cardamom & rose.
Pondi Bottled Beverages
Diet Coke
$2.75
Can.
Limca
$2.50
Indian version of Sprite (can).
Mexican Coke
$3.50
Mexican coke bottle.
Sprite
$4.00
Sprite bottle or can.
Thums Up
$2.50
Indian version of Coke/Pepsi.
Topo Chico
$3.50
Bottle of sparkling water.
Pondi Breakfast
popular
Masala Eggs
$10.00
Soft scramble with vegetable masala. Choice of greens OR carrot paratha.
Egg Dosa [Gf]
$14.00
Open faced crepe smeared with spinach puree, egg, cheese, vegetables & sesame.
Breakfast Frankie
$8.00
Soft scrambled egg wrap with vegetable masala and cilantro chutney.
Coconut Pancakes [Gf]
$12.00
Almond rice flour pancakes with jaggery caramel & fruit.
Dwaffle & Eggs [Gf]
$10.00
Golden dwaffle with plain soft-scramble & green masala.
French Toast
$10.00
Brioche with cardamom, chocolate & bananas.
Green Dosa [Gf] [V]
$16.00
Sauteed greens, pumpkin seed chutney & avocado masala served with choice of sambhar OR beet soup.
Railway Omelet Nonveg
$17.00
Hearty omelet with lamb keema & ”everything but the kitchen sink!''
Railway Omelet Veg
$14.00
Hearty omelet with ”everything but the kitchen sink!''
Uppma & Eggs [Gf]
$12.00
Savory grits hash with sesame, vegetables & two eggs served with cilantro chutney .
Uppma & Eggs Nonveg [Gf]
$15.00
Savory grits hash with sesame, vegetables & two eggs served with cilantro chutney & lamb keema.
Pondi Snacks
popular
Madras Chicken Wings [Gf]
$14.00
Oven roasted with black pepper, sesame, amchur & tamarind chutney served with cumin yogurt.
Chili Chicken Lettuce Wraps
$14.00
Sichuan pepper peanut masala sautéed with chicken, served with lettuce & onions.
Chili Paneer Lettuce Wraps
$14.00
Sichuan pepper peanut masala sautéed with paneer, served with lettuce & onions.
Pomegranate Pani Poori [V]
$12.00
An Indian street food favorite! Semolina puffs, pomegranate cumin broth with lentil vegetable filling.
Coconut Crab [Gf]
$20.00
Lump crab with coconut, ginger & tomato masala served with sesame dosa.
Chili Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps
$14.00
Sichuan pepper peanut masala sautéed with cauliflower, served with lettuce & onions.
Chili Chickfu Lettuce Wraps [V]
$14.00
Sichuan pepper peanut masala sautéed with chickfu (house made chickpea tofu), served with lettuce & onions.
Momos
$15.00
Chicken vegetable Nepali dumplings in a coconut ginger broth with chili oil.
Samosa - Chicken & Black Bean
$5.00
Chicken & black bean samosa with cilantro chutney.
Samosa - Pumpkin Hazelnut [V]
$5.00
Pumpkin & hazelnut samosa served with tomato chutney.
Sindhi Pakora Chaat [Gf]
$14.00
Cauliflower, carrots and local greens in a crispy chickpea batter served with chaat sauces (tamarind chutney, cilantro chutney & cumin yogurt).
Pondi Sandwiches & Salads
popular
Butter Chicken Salad [Gf]
$16.00
Greens, black garbanzo, chevre & sliced almonds with butter chicken.
Chicken Frankie
$15.00
Frankie filled with cilantro, fenugreek, tomato & garam masala in egg washed wrap.
45 Lamb Burger
$17.00
Lamb burger made with beans, mushrooms, pickles & chutneys on house made pav buns. Served with choice of side.
Chickfu Frankie [V]
$13.00
Vegan frankie with roasted cauliflower, minced onion & ginger, seared chickpea tofu. Served with choice of side.
Citrus Salad [Gf]
$18.00
Roasted endive, local citrus, paneer, pumpkin seed oil & pomegranates.
Pondi Salad [Gf][V]
$10.00
Sprouted moong, greens, pickled carrots, pumpkin seeds & raisins tossed in jaggery dressing.
Wild Mushroom Salad [Gf] [V]
$16.00
Wild mushrooms with dry BBQ masala, pine nuts, greens & avocado masala.
Pondi Curries
popular
Butter Chicken [Gf]
$18.00
Classic creamy chicken curry with spices and herbs (tomatoes, fenugreek, cardamom, ginger and more) served with rice.
Saag
$16.00
Slow cooked fresh spinach and local greens with choice of: ghee or cream & paneer OR chickfu.
Aviyal [Gf][V]
$15.00
Seasonal vegetables in coconut, ginger kari leaf sauce served with rice & avocado masala.
Chickfu Curry [Gf] [V]
$14.00
Chickfu (chickpea tofu) smothered in empire masala with crispy okra & served with rice.
Stuffed Mushroom [V]
$22.00
Portabello stuffed with sesame, saag, beet & coconut. Served with naan.
Lamb Keema
$20.00
Minced lamb leg in tomato cardamom yogurt masala with braised wild mushrooms served with naan.
Kalonji Lamb Kebabs [Gf]
$28.00
Grilled with BBQ Masala, eggplant raita served with tandoori rye roti.
Market Curry [V] [Gf]
$15.00
Seasonal Vegetables in a light herb filled broth based curry served with rice.

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Patra Fish [Gf]
$28.00
Parsi specialty, a local wild catch in green masala & steamed banana leaves, vegetable pilaf, and roasted roots.
Rajma & Rice [Gf] [V]
$14.00
Classic Punjabi red beans and roasted cauliflower, rice.
Butter Paneer [Gf]
$18.00
Classic creamy paneer curry with spices and herbs (tomatoes, fenugreek, cardamom, ginger and more) served with rice.
Pondi Sides
popular
Naan [V]
$4.00
Fluffy & plant based naan.
Garlic Herb Naan [V]
$6.00
Naan topped with garlic and fresh local herbs. Plant-based.
Potato Cakes [Gf][V]
$8.00
Served with tomato chutney.
Carrot Roti
$3.00
Whole wheat flat bread with grated carrots, fenugreek and coriander.
Ghee Mashed Potatoes [Gf]
$8.00
Ghee mashed potatoes.
Chickfu Side [Gf][V]
$7.00
A spin on tofu made with chickpea - great addition to any meal! Seared & dusted with chaat masala.
Beet Soup [Gf] [V]
$8.00
Beet soup made with coconut & spices.
Carrot Paratha
$3.00
Whole wheat laminated flat bread with grated carrots, fenugreek and coriander.
Citrus Pilaf - Large [Gf] [V]
$7.00
Citrus pilaf with cardamom & mustard pop. Large size.
Citrus Pilaf - Small [Gf] [V]
$4.00
Citrus pilaf with cardamom & mustard pop. Small size.
Crispy Okra Side [Gf] [V]
$7.00
Crispy okra tossed with masala.
Desi Fries [Gf][V]
$7.00
Sweet potato fries dusted in chaat masala.
Dwaffle
$5.00
Dosa waffle. Gluten-free & plant-based.
Grilled Chicken Side [Gf]
$10.00
Oven roasted chicken with ocean masala.
Kashmiri Sauteed Greens [Gf] [V]
$8.00
Sauteed greens with ginger & caramelized onions.
Paneer [Gf]
$8.00
House made unripened cheese.
Rajma Side [Gf] [V]
$7.00
Side of Rajma.
Roasted Roots Side [Gf]
$7.00
Roasted root vegetables.
Sambhar [Gf] [V]
$6.00
South Indian inspired lentil, tomato, vegetable soup with mustard seeds & kari leaves.
Sesame Dosa [Gf] [V]
$6.00
Dosa topped with sesame seeds.
Simple Dosa [Gf] [V]
$6.00
Served with pickled eggplant.
Simple Dosa With Cheese [Gf]
$9.00
Served with melted cheese & eggplant pickle.
Sindhi Dal [Gf] [V]
$7.00
Slow-cooked with ginger & warm spices.
Sindhi Dal Quart [Gf ] [V]
$26.00
Slow-cooked with ginger & warm spices. Quart size (32 oz).
Tandoori Rye Roti
$4.00
Multi-grain Roti
Uppma Side [Gf]
$7.00
Savory corn grits hash.
Pondi From the Bake Lab
Indika Bread Pudding
$14.00
An old Indika favorite! Dark Valhrona chocolate bread pudding with cardamom creme anglaise.
Banana Blueberry Hemp Muffin [Gf] [V]
$5.00
Banana, hemp & blueberry muffin. Gluten-free & vegan.

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Banana Hemp Muffin [Gf] [V]
$5.00
Banana, hemp & chocolate muffin. Gluten-free & vegan.

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Berry Bar [Gf] [V]
$5.00
Slightly sweetened hearty berry bar. Gluten-free & vegan.
Bread Pudding & Jaggery Caramel
$5.00
Slice of everything bread pudding topped with jaggery caramel.

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Bread Pudding & Jaggery Caramel
$7.00
Slice of everything bread pudding topped with jaggery caramel.

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Cafe Annie Brownie [Gf]
$5.00
Gooey dark chocolate brownies made with almond flour, Valhrona cocoa powder and walnuts.
Carrot Quinoa Muffin [Gf]
$4.00
Light muffin with peanut butter, quinoa, beet & carrot

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Chicken 25 Kolache
$5.00
House made kolache stuffed with butter chicken.

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Chocolate Dipped Donut
$4.00

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Cranberry Pecan Chocolate Scone
$5.00
Flaky scone made with cranberry, pecans & chocolate.

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Date Cake Trifle [V & GF]
$5.00
Date Trifle with Caramel Almond & Orange

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Gulab Jamun Doughnut
$4.00

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Honey Mesquite Cake [Gf]
$4.00
Honey mesquite cake topped with fresh fruit!

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Mawa Cake
$3.00
Cardamom and kevra scented small cakes.

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Mini Chocolate Beet Cake [V]
$5.00
Chocolate vegan beet cake loaf topped with pistachios and rose petals.
Pecan Sticky Bun [V]
$6.00
Pecan Sticky Bun - delicious and fluffy! Pop it in the oven before enjoying :) Vegan

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Persimmon Bread [Gf]
$5.00
Persimmons from Lightsey Farms made in a bread topped with pecans.

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Pista Scone
$5.00
Flaky scone made with moringa, pistachio & blueberries.

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Pondi Bar [Gf]
$4.00
Bostock
$5.00
French toast meets almond croissant pastry soaked in syrup with seasonal fruit & baked with almond crust.
Cumin Cheese Bun [Gf]
$3.00
Tapioca flour with Blue Heron feta cheese bun scented with cumin.
Blood Orange Almond Cake [Gf]
$7.00
Blood Orange, Olive oil, almond & buckwheat cake.

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Saag Biscuit
$5.00
Flaky puff pastry filled with saag paneer.

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Pondi Cake & Pie Slices
popular
Lemon Cardamon Cake Slice
$8.00
Fresh cream cake with lemon curd & berries.
AKL Tart Slice [Gf][V]
$10.00
Avocado Key Lime Tart - nut date crust, avocado coconut filling & coconut cream.
Carrot Cake Slice
$10.00

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Chai Pie Slice
$10.00
‘Best Pie in Texas’ Chai custard pie with cookie crust & toasted cashews.
Cheesecake - Blueberry Slice
$8.00
Blueberry Cheesecake with mixed cookie crumb crust (contains nuts).

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Cheesecake - Chikoo Slice
$8.00
Chikoo Cheesecake with mixed cookie crumb crust (contains nuts).

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Cheesecake - Earth Day
$8.00
In celebration of Earth day - cheesecake with cookie crust!

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Cheesecake - Mango Slice
$8.00
Mango Cheesecake with mixed cookie crumb crust (contains nuts).

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Cheesecake - Persimmon
$8.00
Persimmon (from Lightsey Farms) cheesecake with mixed cookie crust.

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Cheesecake - Saffron
$10.00
Saffron Cheesecake with cardamom & almond crust.
Chocolate Almond Cake Slice [Gf]
$10.00
Oil based cake made topped with almonds.
Chocolate Orange Tart Slice [Gf] [V]
$10.00
Chocolate Orange Tart - nut date crust, chocolate & orange filling. Gluten-free & vegan.
Lemon Lavender Tart [Gf] [V]
$10.00
Lemon Lavender Tart with date & nut crust. Gluten-free & vegan.

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Mango Mousse Cake Slice
$8.00
Fresh cream cake with mango mousse & pistachios.
Pumpkin Chai Pie Slice
$10.00
‘Best Pie in Texas’ Chai custard pie with cookie crust & toasted hazelnuts.

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Pumpkin Tart Slice [Gf] [V]
$10.00
Pumpkin Tart - nut date crust, pumpkin filling, cranberry jam. Gluten-free & vegan.

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Raspberry Tart Slice [Gf] [V]
$10.00
Raspberry tart topped with rose petals & nut date crust. Gluten-free & vegan.

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Rose Cake Slice
$8.00
Cardamom sponge cake layered with hibiscus syrup, orange mousse and fresh fruit.
Pondi Cookies
popular
Ginger Cloud [V]
$4.00
Soft gingerbread with olive oil, pumpkin puree and warm spices.
Choc Lavender Cookie [V]
$4.00
Soft vegan cookie with chocolate & hint of lavender.

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Chocolate Chili Cookie
$4.00
Oatmeal cookie with dark chocolate, spiced walnuts and chili.

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Coconut Mint Cookie
$4.00
Oatmeal cookie with dark chocolate, almonds, fresh mint & coconut.
Double Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie [Gf]
$4.00
Soft cookie with cocoa powder, basil, hazelnuts & dark chocolate.

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Elephant Cookie
$3.00
Peanut butter cookie with chocolate chips.

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Lemon Square [Gf][V]
$4.00
Soft almond cookie made made with avocado and fresh lemon .
Madeleine [Gf]
$3.00
Buttery almond and coconut cake scented with rosemary and bergamot.
Shortbread - Chocolate Cardamom Cookie
$2.00
Cardamom shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate.

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TX Mesquite Cookie [Gf]
$4.00
Soft cookie with mesquite, pecans & dark chocolate.

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Pondi Sweet Small Bites
Besan Mithai [Gf]
$3.00
Chickpea cardamom fudge topped with pumpkin and sesame seeds.
Chai Pie Bite
$4.00
Chai Pie deliciousness all in one bite! Enjoy $3/each or 2 for $5 or 4 for $10.
Chocolate Bourbon Ball [Gf]
$5.00
Chocolate bourbon cake ball covered in chocolate ganache.

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Cookie Laddu
$3.00
Crumbled cookies dipped in chocolate.
Crack Ball
$2.00
Sweet addictive house made ‘crack mix’ covered in chocolate.