Pansaari, “Indian food and spice market, cafe, and cooking school”, soft opens on 17th Street in Dupont

1603 17th Street, NW corner of 17th and Q

While we’re waiting for the Indian Cultural Center to come to U Street, a piece of India has already dropped in Dupont. Thanks to those who sent emails about Pansaari opening on 17th Street.

Their website says:

“We will be an Indian food and spice market, cafe, and cooking school, serving the Dupont area with fresh, authentic Indian ingredients.”

This place is awesome.


Lots more pictures of the inside after the jump.















12 Comment

  • This looks great! I was actually wondering what was happening with this — so the timing of this post is pretty perfect. I’ll plan to stop by there this weekend.

  • stopped by on saturday for masala chai… the place looks awesome and the owner was very friendly and happy to talk about the origins of the decor, which is all imported from rajasthan. in addition to the chai bar and retail, i think they plan to have cooking classes in the near future. so… i’ll be back!

  • binpetworth

    This is great! I’d been relying on Penzey’s out in Falls Church to get my Indian spices so I’m glad to know I can find nigella seeds and fenugreek nearby.

  • Wow, that place used to be a gay bar in which I spent a few nights. I even bought Abby Wambach a drink in there once. Ah, the good old days.

    • Formerly Broken Jaw

      Ha! Had to look up who that was! Yes I’ve been in the space many nights in its many different incarnations including the restaurant Trumpets. I hope this one makes it!

  • Gorgeous space and decor. Best of luck!

  • Is there a menu for the cafe?

  • Quincy St Neighbor

    The space looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to check it out and sip some of their soothing chai. Perfect timing with the cooler weather approaching too. Congratulations!

  • This is a beautiful space! Hopefully given the upscale feel and the location they’ll still be able to stock the things I still go to Arlington for (yogurt, paneer, reasonably-priced sacks of Basmati, etc.).

  • Wow! It’s expensive. It’s convenient, yes, but probably still cheaper to Car2Go to an Indian store.

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