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Renowned Houston restaurant quietly opens up its own bake shop: A second story treasure?

Renowned Houston restaurant quietly opens up its own bake shop

Pondicheri Bake Lab
Pondicheri's second story Bake Lab opened Thursday. Photo by Eric Sandler
Pondicheri Bake Lab
A look inside from the entrance.  Photo by Eric Sandler
Pondicheri Bake Lab
A selection of sweet and savory pastries.  Photo by Eric Sandler
Pondicheri Bake Lab
Ghee and other takeaway items.  Photo by Eric Sandler
Pondicheri Bake Lab
$80 for a whole chai pumpkin pie. Might be worth it. Photo by Eric Sandler
Pondicheri Bake Lab
Pondicheri Bake Lab
Pondicheri Bake Lab
Pondicheri Bake Lab
Pondicheri Bake Lab

One of Houston's most well-regarded restaurants has launched its next evolution. West Ave Indian restaurant Pondicheri very quietly opened its second story Bake Lab + Shop on Thursday. 

The overall appearance matches the restaurant's modern industrial look. Spices and cookware greet patrons as they walk in. Behind them, a juice bar offers a selection of beverages. The heart of the space are the cases containing a variety of ready-made baked items and ingredients for use in cooking. Chutneys, curries and jars of ghee will add pizzazz to any dish.

Limited seating options include a counter with bar stools and some benches.

 The cases aren't nearly as full as they will be, but more than a dozen items are already available.  

Still, it's chef/owner Anita Jaisinghani's takeaway pastries and savory items that are the main draw. Although it's clear that the cases aren't nearly as full as they will be, more than a dozen items are already available. All are helpfully identified as gluten-free and/or nut allergy-friendly.

An informal sampling at the CultureMap office revealed deep affection for a chai-spiced pumpkin pie, gluten free brownie and an almond-topped samosa filled with Brussels sprouts, avocado and spinach.

It may only be two days in, but the results are very promising. 

Pondicheri Bake Lab + Shop is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. until November 1, when its hours will match the downstairs restaurant's.